Spanish GP classification: Lando Norris achieves pole in the last breath to beat Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton | F1 News

Lando Norris produced a sensational final lap to defeat Max Verstappen and secure just his second pole position in Formula 1 in an excitingly competitive qualifying for the Spanish GP.

In a session that underlined McLaren’s growing strength and increasing competition at the front of F1 after two years of Verstappen-Red Bull dominance, Norris responded under pressure when it mattered at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya by described as a “perfect” final lap of 1:11.383.

Verstappen had taken provisional pole after the first laps of Q3 and improved two tenths more in his last attempt, but Norris made the difference seconds later to take the second pole of his career in a full grand prix, three years after the first. in the 2021 Russian Championship. GP: by just 0.020 s.

Mercedes will start from the second row after their own improvement continued in a competitive hour in which they were a factor throughout.

For the second time in 10 races this season, Lewis Hamilton overtook teammate George Russell and will start third, his best result of the season.

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George Russell was unhappy with the pace of his teammate Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Mercedes overtook Ferrari, with Charles Leclerc and local favorite Carlos Sainz starting fifth and sixth respectively.

Incredibly, just 0.035 seconds separated those four cars.

Pierre Gasly took an impressive seventh place in a morale-boosting weekend for Alpine, which also saw Esteban Ocon reach Q3 in ninth place.

Sergio Pérez, who towed teammate Verstappen on his final lap, was only eighth and will drop to 11th on Sunday’s grid due to a three-place penalty carried over from Canada.

More to continue…

Darling Sports Spanish GP calendar live F1

Sunday June 23
07:45: F1 Academy Race 2
09:00: F3 main race
10:30 a.m.: F2 main race
12:30 p.m.: Sunday Grand Prix: preparation for the Spanish GP
4:00 p.m.: Checkered flag: reaction from the Spanish GP

Formula 1 returns to Europe as the championship moves to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix and the start of a tripleheader. Watch every session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this weekend, live on Sky Sports F1. Stream every F1 race and more with a NOW Sports Month membership – no contract, cancel anytime

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