F1 Grand Prix of Spain: Charles Leclerc rocketing to pole position

F1 2022 Charles Leclerc Grand Prix Spanje
credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Pole position for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain is in the name of Charles Leclerc. The Ferrari driver set the fastest time in a lap of 1:18.750.

Max Verstappen tried with all his might to conquer that coveted starting position but was unable to improve due to a hitch in the car. Carlos Sainz starts in third position.

The first times of Q1 poured in on the hot track, Ghanzy Zhou set the first time in 1:21.065 ahead of Pierre Gasly. Sergio Perez easily went under in 1:20.447. Meanwhile, it was busier on the track with Ferrari was on the track and Max Verstappen. The first feat of arms of the Dutchman was a time of 1:20.091.

F1 2022 Grand Prix Spanje Max Verstappen

Verstappen had to relinquish P1 to Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari driver completed a lap in 1:19.861 and was out of the field too fast. Carlos Sainz ended up behind the Monegask. As in FP3, George Russell was on a roll with the fourth fastest time for Lewis Hamilton. Perez experienced an oversteer moment at Turn 7 but escaped unscathed.

In the final phase of Q1, both Ferrari drivers remained in the garage, as did Max Verstappen. Kevin Magnussen improved a lot and jumped to fifth place behind Russell. The Dane kept Lewis Hamilton behind him. Charles Leclerc advanced to Q2 with fastest time ahead of Sainz and Verstappen,

For the drivers, Nicholas Latifi, Alex Albon. Lance Stroll, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel stopped qualifying early.

Result Q1

The second qualifying round started with a lot of traffic on the track. Mercedes started quickly with the fastest time of the moment for George Russell in 1:19.470 ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Kevin Magnussen followed but had to give up his place to Sergio Perez. Max Verstappen got stuck on P6 in his first run and had to tolerate Valtteri Bottas. The Finn closed the top 5 for the time being.

The field was getting ready for the 2nd run in the battle for Q3. Sainz started a fast lap and improved to P1 in a time of 1:19.453. However, the Spaniard was sidelined by Verstappen who tightened Sainz’s time by 0.234 seconds to 1:19.219. Norris seemed to be going well but lost his time due to exceeding the track limits.

The Briton did not advance to Q3 as did Ghuanzy Zhou, Pierre Gasly, Yuki Tsunoda, and Esteban Ocon

Result Q2

F1 2022 Grand Prix Spanje Q2

The final qualifying round arrived and the field could start the battle for pole position under the Spanish sun. The first time appeared and found out Mick Schumacher’s name in 1:21.773. Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen was slightly slower than the German. Mercedes had to tie up behind Sergio Perez. At that point Sainz appeared to be the fastest man on the field as Leclerc made a mistake and shoved off the track, luckily without consequences. Max Verstappen made no mistake and drove to P1 in 1:19,073.

The last minutes ticked away and the knives were sharpened. For Leclerc it was hit or miss from P10. The Monegask started with a fast lap given the sector times and went to 1:18.750. This put him in P1 ahead of Verstappen. The Dutchman got stuck on P2 via the radio, he indicated that he had lost power. Russell improved to P4 behind Sainz. Sergio Perez could not do more than be satisfied with the fifth fastest time.

Despite his miss at the start of Q3, Charles Leclerc took pole position with the fastest time in 1:18.750 at the expense of Max Verstappen.

Spanish Grand Prix qualifying results 2022

F1 2022 Grand Prix Spanje Q3