F1 Spanish GP 2024 Qualifying – Norris beats Verstappen to pole!

Follow all the F1 action on the Total Motorsport live blog as teams and drivers take to Barcelona for Qualifying at the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix as the grid for the race is set


Welcome to Total-Motorsport’s F1 live coverage of the Spanish GP 2024 Qualifying session. Held at the iconic Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, today’s session marks sets the Formula 1 grid for Sunday’s race. Stay with us as we bring you real-time updates and insights from the track.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, often considered one of the most complete on the Formula 1 calendar, offers a challenging mix of high-speed corners and demanding straights. The circuit’s layout, including the high-speed Turn 3 and the intricate combination of Turns 13 and 14, tests the limits of both car and driver.

Lando Norris was fastest in the first practice session on Friday, just ahead of Max Verstappen in the Red Bull, but after complaining of issues with his car throughout FP2, the Dutchman could only manage P5 as Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes showed once again that the Silver Arrows have pace. While hometown hero Carlos Sainz claimed P1 in FP3 earlier on Saturday.

The 2024 Spanish Grand Prix will take place over 66 laps of the 4.657-kilometre Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The race weekend runs from Friday, June 21 until Sunday, June 23, 2024. With higher temperatures expected this year, managing tyre degradation will be crucial as teams and drivers look to optimise their set ups.

F1 Spanish GP 2024 Qualifying: Latest Updates

Stay tuned to Total-Motorsport.com for all the live action from the 2024 Spanish GP with Qualifying at the historic Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya setting the grid for Sunday’s race.

REPORT: Norris beats Verstappen!

Read all about how Lando Norris narrowly got ahead of Max Verstappen on a day when nobody else could hold a candle to the McLaren and Red Bull aces…

Results: Norris beats Verstappen but where is everyone else?

Lando Norris takes a third career pole but where does everyone else line up behind he and Red Bull after Saturday’s qualifying for the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix?

Norris reacts to third career pole!

Lando Norris will lead Max Verstappen and the Formula 1 grid away for the third time in his career in Sunday’s 2024 Spanish Grand Prix.

How does the moment feel and does he think McLaren can gun for the win in Barcelona?

“It was pretty much a perfect lap. You know when you are on a good lap and you are getting excited,” Norris told media after the session. “But the whole thing went perfectly in the end. Close still but super happy.

“It is not just this weekend- we have been fast the last two months, since Miami we have been strong. We have missed out on pole by just not doing a perfect lap and today was a perfect lap.

“Max and Red Bull seemed a little bit stronger all weekend but we made some little changes for the final run, I had some areas to improve, and we did that. I know it is going to be tough against Max, against Lewis, and everyone behind. We are here to win so that is my plan.” 

Max Verstappen misses pole for the third race in a row…

Verstappen will have to earn his 61st career win from second tomorrow afternoon on a weekend where Red Bull have lacked their usual pace, so how does he feel about being edged out by 0.020 by Norris?

“I think in qualifying it was all coming together a bit nicer. The whole weekend we have tried to find a connected balance,” Verstappen told media in parc ferme. “I was quite happy in qualifying. I got a nice tow from Checo in Q3 but unfortunately it was not enough.

“That’s how it goes sometimes but overall we can still be happy with that performance and it’s all to play for tomorrow.

“With the temperature, it was more fun. Throughout qualifying the wind started to pick up a little bit. Maybe that made it a bit more difficult for us in Q3. But, overall a good performance from us.”

Lewis Hamilton has his best quali result of the season in Spain

Is Lewis Hamilton slowly regaining Formula 1 form? The seven-time world champion beats George Russell for the second time this season and secures his best result in the process. Will his race pace be even better tomorrow?

“I am really happy. I am super grateful to be in the top three,” Hamilton told the press. “It has been quite a difficult year, there has been hard work from everyone back in the factory, and we are starting to see those incremental steps.

“I didn’t expect to be in for pole necessarily but every now and then there looked to be bits that had us close. So to be there I am just grateful.

“We have made huge steps forward and it is really down to every single individual back at the factory who is working on design, pushing in making the new parts we get to bring to these races.

“Slowly the car is crafting into a racing machine with which we can hopefully fight the guys in front. George did a great job as well so hopefully tomorrow we can apply the pressure on the guys in front.” 


Lando Norris, where did that come from?! The McLaren ace stuns the crowd at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona by standing tall when it mattered most with a devastating purple sector to narrowly beat Max Verstappen to the punch by 0.020 despite the Red Bull using the tow!

A mistake by Oscar Piastri left him 10th on the grid at the flag as a moment of understeer saw the Australian run into the gravel! It’s been a messy weekend for the youngster so far, with Lando Norris possessing the edge throughout all of the sessions so far but what an opportunity for McLaren to win again this season!

Then comes Lewis Hamilton, ahead of his teammate for just the second time this season with both Mercedes around 0.3 off the pace of the front row setters, will they have better race pace tomorrow?

POLE: Lando Norris, McLaren
2) Max Verstappen, Red Bull 
3) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 
4) George Russell, Mercedes 
5) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
6) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
7) Pierre Gasly, Alpine 
8) Sergio Perez, Red Bull (Perez will be 11th after a three-place penalty is applied)
9) Esteban Ocon, Alpine
10) Oscar Piastri, McLaren

Russell slams Hamilton!

“What the f**k was Lewis doing prepping that lap,” Russell shouts to his engineer, who tells him the team will discuss it after…

Tension at Mercedes?

Five minutes to go: Under 0.3 from 1st to 6th!

Charles Leclerc in sixth is just 0.276 from Max Verstappen on provisional pole! There’s almost nothing to separate the cars so who will produce the key lap when it counts?

Verstappen on provisional pole!

Max Verstappen drops 1.3 seconds on Sergio Perez’s head as he goes fastest overall after the end of the first runs to beat Lando Norris by 0.123 with the two Mercedes right behind them…

Then comes both Ferrari’s with Carlos Sainz ahead of his teammate before Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez and Oscar Piastri round out the top 10 in Barcelona…

Perez throws down a 1:13.061

All of the cars are on track now as they look to post their first times of the day!

Q3 begins: Who will take pole for the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix!

Everyone except Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly and Oscar Piastri have at least one set of fresh softs, which should give them a few tenths as long as they make sure they use them!

Q2 ends: Alonso OUT of qualifying!

Lewis Hamilton needed to produce a lap and he did to go second fastest behind Max Verstappen, but the same cannot be said for Fernando Alonso who misses out on Q3 by 0.019 to Esteban Ocon!

11th: Alonso
12th: Bottas
13th: Hukenberg
14th: Stroll
15th: Zhou

Stroll goes 10th

Lance Stroll is copying Alex Albon and running out of sequence to the rest of the pack and he posts a 1:12.372 to beat Esteban Ocon by 0.004 in 10th.

It seems as though the Canadian’s Aston Martin will be destined for the same fate as Albon too, as he stares down the barrel of a Q2 exit.

First runs of Q2 complete: Verstappen fastest overall!

Max Verstappen posts a 1:11.653 to take the lead of the Q2 timing board by a handy couple of tenths from Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz!

Mercedes seem lost for pace… Their fine FP3 form so far sees Russell almost half a second off the pace on new tyres, whilst Hamilton is 13th on a used set…

The bottom five: Zhou, Stroll, Hamilton, Alonso, Bottas. They’ve got FOUR minutes to find between a tenth and a second to get through to the next phase of qualifying…

Stroll sets the Q2 target to beat

The cars are flooding out of the pits now with 11 minutes to go as Lance Stroll throws down the law by posting a 1:13.630. That’s the target for the other 14 drivers to beat right now.

GREEN FLAG: Q2 begins

Lance Stroll, who just sneaked through in the last session, is the first car out on track as Aston Martin look to give the Canadian as much time as possible to figure out the one-lap pace on this track.

Q1 over: Tsunoda AND Ricciardo OUT

It’s been a shocker of a weekend for RB as both Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda are dumped out of Q1 as both Saubers get through to Q2, a very rare occasion for them! Joining the RBs are Logan Sargeant, Alex Albon, and Kevin Magnussen, they’ll all start the 2024 Spanis GP from the back.

16th: Magnussen
17th: Tsunoda
18th: Ricciardo
19th: Albon
20th: Sargeant

Five minutes to go: Albon out of sync

Alex Albon’s running his own show at the moment as he enjoys the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona all to himself with everyone else sat in the garage with five minutes left on the times.

They’ll all be flooding out soon but it probably won’t matter for the Williams driver, who seta a yellow sector one and can only improve to 12th fastest. He’s going to need some poor laps from his rivals to make sure he gets through to Q2.

IMPEDING: Logan Sargeant upsets Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll’s finding himself in all sorts of situations today and the latest one is as he happens across Logan Sargeant with the American going slowly on an out-lap whilst sitting on the racing line.

Hard to see how that won’t be a penalty…

First runs on the board: Charles Leclerc fastest

Charles Leclerc sets the fastest time of the first runs with a 1:12.257 to beat Max Verstappen by 0.049, with two tenths separating Russell in fifth from the Ferrari…

Hamilton, Perez and Piastri all need to get a move on with some subpar times leaving them in eighth, ninth and tenth.

In the bottom five are Sargeant, Magnussen, Zhou, Tsunoda and Albon with seven minutes to go.

GREEN FLAG: The session truly gets underway now

Most of the grid sat and waited around for the first few minutes to tick away so that the temperatures could drop a little more and now they’re all out onto the track with 12 minutes to post their best times on what will be a busy circuit!

Charles Leclerc also escapes with a reprimand!

Charles Leclerc also gets away with the collision he caused with Lando Norris when he felt he was impeded and turned into the McLaren driver, leaving Norris believing he suffered damage from the move.

He can count himself a lucky boy for that and now he can go and fight for pole position.

Lance Stroll gets a reprimand

Lance Stroll escapes his contact with Lewis Hamilton with a reprimand after the Aston Martin felt he was impeded, before running Hamilton wide at the exit of the corner to make a point.

The pair had contact but it’s no penalty for the Canadian.

ICYMI: Here are the results from FP3

There’s a very good chance we will see SIX cars fighting it out for pole and that could even become eight if Oscar Piastri and Sergio Perez manage to find pace.

Stay with Total-Motorsport.com for live qualifying updates!

Mercedes’ floor leaves them floating to the top

Eyes were raised when Mercedes didn’t declare any upgrades for the 2024 Spanish GP but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there!

The Silver Arrows have brought a lightweight floor of the same spec for both cars and it’s clearly shaving off a great chunk of lap time for them as they continue to keep tabs on Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull.

Will it even win them a pole position? 👀

Can Ferrari win for the third time this season?

Ferrari ended FP2 as the quickest team through Carlos Sainz, can either he or Charles Leclerc take pole in 38 minutes’ time?

Will Max Verstappen roar back to form in Spain?

The past few weeks have witnessed the world champion have to really work for his wins and poles, so will Spain be more of that trend or the same old story as 2023 with the Dutch lion back on top?

Welcome to the blog for qualifying for the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix!

Less than a tenth of a second split four drivers in FP3 so will qualifying be this tight in just under one hour’s time?

Stay tuned with Total-Motorsport.com to find out!

Spanish GP Weather: Latest forecast for Qualifying

Saturday’s forecast presents a higher chance of rain, with a 20% likelihood of showers, especially in the afternoon during qualifying. Temperatures will range from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F), making for a warm but potentially wet day. The winds are expected to be light, coming from the east-northeast at about 9 km/h, with gusts up to 35 km/h​​.

Spanish GP 2024 Pirelli Tyre Info

Tyre management at the 2024 Spanish GP is set to play a pivotal role, with Pirelli bringing its hardest compounds—C1 as Hard, C2 as Medium, and C3 as Soft—to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Known for its technical demands, the circuit exerts significant lateral forces, particularly on the left side due to the predominance of right-hand turns, challenging tyre durability and performance. The higher temperatures expected this year add another layer of complexity, likely impacting tyre degradation and influencing strategic decisions throughout the weekend.

Pirelli tyre information for the 2024 Spanish GP | Pirelli
Pirelli tyre information for the 2024 Spanish GP | Pirelli

Where to Watch the F1 2024 Spanish GP

Sky Sports F1 remains the home for live Formula 1 racing in the UK. The channel will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2024 Spanish GP, including practice, qualifying, and the race itself. M

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