May 16, 2022

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Leclerc leads Ferrari 1-2 in qualifying, while Verstappen leads third

Verstappen led after the first runs in Q3 on 1m28.991s, with Leclerc and Sainz – just 0.080sec covering all three.

In the final runs, Leclerc topped the group and was having his personal best time off the court, then took the best time in the middle sector to unleash to 1:28.796.

Sainz ran back, clocking an amazing first sector 0.2secs quicker than his teammate, but wasted time as the lap went on and ended up 0.190secs off.

But that was still enough to put him ahead one time ahead of Verstappen, who finished second on the grid for Sunday’s race as the Red Bull driver gave up his last attempt.

Verstappen had to pick up a very big upset he faced after he threw the RB18 through the fast-flowing Turns 5/6 complex, slipped into the final corner and finished 0.6sec down on Leclerc in the first sector – after which he cruised back to the finish line and accepted his defeat with a note He “fucked her”.

Sergio Perez He finished fourth in the second Red Bull, ahead of Alfa Romeo‘s Valtteri Bottas And mercedes Driver Lewis Hamilton.

Pierre Gasly ranked seventh with Lando NorrisAnd Yuki Tsunoda And Lance’s Outing Rounding out the top ten.

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

Photography: Carl Bingham / motorsports pictures

in Q2, Fernando Alonso He set his best time at the end, but was unable to make it into the top 10 in the shootout as he was eliminated in 11th place, immediately ahead of the pace setter in FP2 George Russell.

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Russell went most of the second quarter without having time on the board as he struggled with excessive wild shots through the slick first sector of the track and porpoises elsewhere, but finally made it to the top ten with his last effort.

But that came about two minutes before the middle part of qualifying was over and he didn’t have enough time to get back into the pits to get new tyres, so he was pushed down and eliminated.

finished before Sebastian Vettelwho said that time lost slipping from chicane at the end of the second sector for the result of thirteenth place, ahead of McLaren‘s Daniel Ricciardo and Haas driver Mick Schumacher.

In the first quarter of the year, the streak of late improvements from many drivers suffering from lower rankings after early starts – including Hamilton and Alonso – fizzled out. Kevin Magnussen Down to the sixteenth and beyond.

Zhou Guanyu He was eliminated at 17, frustrated by being hit by heavy traffic in the last corners of his last flying lap, calling the scenes “dangerous” and urging Alfa to report the incident to the FIA.

Williams was hoping Alex Albon He could repeat his strong FP3 speed, finishing ninth, but he couldn’t set personal best times in the last two clips of the final lap, leaving him in 18th place.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Photography: Zach Moger / motorsports pictures

That was before Nicholas Latifi In the other Williams team, which had a personal best result at the end of the first quarter, but was unable to climb from the back row of the net for Sunday’s race.

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Esteban Ocon He did not participate in qualifying after discovering a crack in his chassis after his heavy crash in chicane in FP3 and will finally start the race as a result.

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