LIVE – Formula 1: Leclerc on pole ahead of Verstappen for the Australian GP

Max Verstappen’s reaction

“I have not felt very well so far this weekend. I suffered. 2nd is not bad anymore but I don’t feel good enough to reach the limit. Maybe at the race pace everything will stabilize, but at the moment it’s a bit silly. As a team, we want something better than that.”

Q3: Leclerc will therefore start ahead of Verstappen and Perez

The Ferrari driver is ahead of the two Red Bulls and will start from pole position on Sunday morning. The Monegasque’s 11th pole position in his career.

Q3: Hamilton overtakes Russell again

5th time for the Brit, just ahead of Russell.


Charles Leclerc’s great lap, 1’17’868, pushes Verstappen to almost 3 tenths. Pole position for the Monegasques.

Q3: Verstappen takes the lead!

85 thousandths ahead of Leclerc, who is doing his last fastest lap.

Q3: Russell 4th, Hamilton 6th

The Mercedes are separated by just 4 hundredths, but the younger of the two Britons is slightly ahead. Ricciardo is sandwiched between the two.

Q3: Pérez 1 thousandth behind Leclerc!

Magnificent time for Pérez, who despite everything lost in the 3rd sector and found himself 1,000 behind Leclerc, is still the best time.

P3: Here we go again

The clock starts again, the Mercedes are the first to return to the track.

Q3: 6’58 session left

The pilots now wait before recovery.

Q3: Leclerc set the fastest time just before Alonso’s accident

Instead, Sainz’s time, which was very close to Leclerc’s, is not taken into account because he arrived just after the red flag.

Q3: Alonso lost hydraulics

The Spanish pilot explains what happened to him. It did not come out due to pilot error but due to a mechanical problem.

Q3: Fernando Alonso on the wall

Spanish crash. Red flag. Alonso was fighting for the top positions. He gets out of his car without any problem. Disappointment for Alpine.

Q3: Pérez 1 thousandth ahead of Verstappen

Minimal difference between the two Red Bull drivers, but the Mexican is ahead.

Q3: Come on, Verstappen in the lead

The Dutchman started ahead of his teammate Pérez.

Stroll’s reaction after the Q1 incident

To the microphone of Canal +: “He (Latifi) let me pass and then he was looking at the cars around me. When he tried to overtake, the track actually turns to the right. It’s a very strange accident. The moment was just terrible” . for both. No, it’s not that at all (bullying). When the track turns right, it takes the car to the right, and that’s exactly when he accelerated.”

P3: Perez under investigation

The Mexican may not have slowed down enough under the yellow flags. The survey will take place after the session.

Q2: Leclerc asks to change his helmet

The Monegasque pilot is blinded by the sun. Verstappen does the same constant on the radio.

Q2: The complete classification

The battle continues between Red Bull and Ferrari.

Q2: Gasly, Bottas, Tsunoda, Zhou and Schumacher eliminated

The McLarens have picked up the pace and both go through to Q3.

Q2: Hamilton finally improves

Hamilton’s last fastest lap was a good one, moving up to 8th position, 3 hundredths behind his teammate Russell.

Q2: Gasly will not see Q3

The Alpha Tauri driver has not been able to improve his time, he is 11th, 15 thousandths behind Hamilton.

Q2: 8th time for Ocon

The Frenchman pushes Hamilton to 10th place, on the verge of elimination.

Q2: Ocon starts his last fastest lap

The Frenchman wants to get to Q3, he has to earn a place for that.

Q2: Leclerc and Sainz improve

Leclerc even does better than Verstappen, but fails to match Pérez’s time, 26 tenths faster.

Q2: Hamilton and Hazard, 9th

The Brit is threatened by Gasly and Ocon in particular. He is currently ninth but is not guaranteed to join Q3.

Q2: Hamilton hampered by Verstappen

The Mercedes driver, on a fast lap, narrowly overtook Verstappen, on a slow lap. The Brit complains on the radio. The Dutchman did not seem to have been warned that his opponent was on a lap of time.

Q2: Perez’s best time

He is ahead of Verstappen by 27 hundredths.

Q2: 2nd time for Alonso

The Spaniard is just behind Verstappen, best provisional time. Perez 3rd, Leclerc 4th, Sainz 7th.

Q2: Russell takes the runaway

The Briton put his wheels on the grass under braking and pulled straight. He triggers a yellow flag and forces his teammate Hamilton to slow down, before speeding back onto the track. Everything is going well.

P2: here we go

Max Verstappen is in the lead, ahead of Hamilton, Russell and Schumacher.

Latifi’s reaction after the accident with Stroll

Latifi at the microphone of Canal+: “From my point of view, what happened is quite clear. Before coming here, I saw the incident on video and it confirms that it is not my fault. There was space inside, I was in my tire preparation, he wasn’t on an attack lap either, and he pointed at me. That’s all I can say. I let him through at first because I thought he was attacking. But when I saw he was slowing down, I understood going back to my position.”

Q1: The complete classification of Q1

The Red Bulls dominate right now. Q2 is about to start but Albon’s Williams is being pulled off the track after an apparent mechanical issue.

Q1: Albon, Magnussen, Vettel, Latifi and Stroll eliminated

No surprises for the moment in this Q1.

Q1: Gasly improves, 10th

The Frenchman was already qualified for Q2 despite everything. Vettel set the fastest time and took 18th place, ahead of Latifi and Stroll. He will not start last on the grid.

P1: Here we go again

The pilots have less than 2 minutes, so you have to quickly cross the finish line to be able to make one last fast lap. The drivers go ahead on the preparation lap.

Q1: Resume session in 5 minutes

The drivers will be able to get back on track, with 2 minutes and 1 second on the clock, so it’s time to do a fastest lap. Sebastian Vettel could be there, Aston Martin keeps tackling his car.

Q1: A surprising accident

At first, Latifi stepped aside to let Stroll pass. In the next corner, Latifi backed up and Stroll got to touch Latifi with his right front wheel. Stroll probably wanted to hold his position before launching his fastest lap, but his aggressiveness leads to a crash and a stopped session.

Q1: Another 2 minutes on the clock

The session is currently suspended. At Aston Martin, Sebastian Vettel had not planned to drive during this Q1, but with this break, his car damaged during free practice could be ready to participate in this session end.

Q1: Accident between Stroll and Latifi

Red flag, Stroll crashed into Latifi. The clock is stopped. Latifi’s Williams is in bad shape. Both drivers are fine.

Q1: Mercedes go up a bit

Hamilton eighth, Russell ninth. The two pilots remain within 4 hundredths only. Mercedes is far from the top of the table.

Q1: Verstappen improves even more

3rd lap with the same tires for Verstappen, who improves again and achieves the best provisional time, 3 tenths ahead of Leclerc. Pérez also had a good lap, provisionally 2nd in this Q1.

Q1: Hamilton 11th provisional time, Russell 10th

1’20”070 for Hamilton, more than a second behind Leclerc. Russell is doing a little better, with 8 tenths.

Q1: Leclerc, Sainz and Verstappen improve

During a second qualifying lap, all three drivers improved their times. Leclerc temporarily in the lead, ahead of Verstappen and Sainz. Pérez did worse than his first attempt and is now fifth, ahead of Norris.

Q1: Hamilton and Russell exit the pits

The two Mercedes waited before making their first attempt.

Q1: Verstappen 4th provisional time, Sainz in the lead

On his first attempt, Max Verstappen scored the 4th provisional time, behind Sainz, Pérez and Leclerc.

Q1: Leclerc sets the standard

The Monegasque from Ferrari signs his first lap with a good time of 1’19″391.

Let’s go for Q1!

The first single-seaters took to the track at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne.

Qualifiers, instructions for use.

As a reminder, the qualifying hour is divided into 3 parts. In the 1st (Q1) all the cars are on the track for 18 minutes. Only the authors of the 15 best times remain in the race for the 2nd phase (Q2), which lasts 15 minutes. Finally, the top 10 cars fight for pole position for 12 minutes in the 3rd phase (Q3). The times are reset at the end of Q1 and Q2.

Norris (McLaren) ahead of Leclerc (Ferrari) in Free Practice 3

Lando Norris (McLaren) set the fastest time in the third free practice session of this Saturday’s Australian Grand Prix. In 1’19″117, Norris overtook Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Sergio Pérez (Red Bull). Fernando Alonso (Alpine) set the 4th fastest time in practice. The second Red Bull, that of reigning world champion Max Verstappen , is only 7. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), ranks 8th, ahead of his teammate and compatriot George Russell, 11th.

Verstappen wins in Saudi Arabia

Following Charles Leclerc’s victory in Bahrain in the first race of the season, Max Verstappen and Red Bull responded in Saudi Arabia.

Qualifying starts at 8 am

You have to be earlier than usual to follow the Australian Grand Prix this weekend. Qualifying starts at 8am French time.

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