For having loaded too little fuel in his single-seater, Alex Albon was disqualified from the qualifying session. Authorized to take part in the race, the Williams driver will start from the last position on the starting grid, behind the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll (penalized three places for his collision with Nicholas Latifi).
Leclerc in front of the Red Bulls, the complete grid
11th career pole position for Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque beat the two Red Bulls of Verstappen and Perez (who remains under investigation) to offer Ferrari its first pole in Australia since Kimi Raïkkonen in 2007. The Mercedes of Hamilton and Russell will start 5th and 6th on Sunday morning. Ocon and Gasly will be 8th and 11th on the grid. Fernando Alonso suffered a mechanical problem in Q3 while playing at the top of the table. Stroll and Latifi clashed in Q1 and will start from the last two places.
Charles Leclerc’s reaction
“It was cool! It’s even nicer because it’s a circuit that we haven’t been to for a while and where I’ve never felt very comfortable in the past. I managed to put everything together in Q3. The car is fun to drive, but the Red Bulls have been good on the long runs. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and I hope to maintain this position tomorrow in the race.”
Max Verstappen’s reaction
“I haven’t felt very good so far this weekend. I suffered. 2nd is already not bad but I don’t feel good to reach the limits. Maybe at the pace of race everything will be stabilized, but so far it’s a little nonsense. I’m happy to be 2nd, but as a team, we want more 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 career pole.
Q3: Hamilton back ahead of Russell
5th time for the Briton, just ahead of Russell.
Q3: LECLERC REVISES AND TAKES POLE
Huge lap by Charles Leclerc, 1’17’868, he pushes Verstappen back to nearly 3 tenths. Pole position for the Monegasque.
Q3: Verstappen takes the lead!
85 thousandths ahead of Leclerc, who is doing his last fast lap.
Q3: Russell 4th, Hamilton 6th
The Mercedes are separated by only 4 hundredths, but the younger of the two Britons is slightly ahead. Ricciardo is sandwiched between the two.
Q3: Perez 1 thousandth behind Leclerc!
Superb time from Perez, who despite everything lost in the 3rd sector and found himself 1 thousand behind Leclerc, still the best time.
Q3: Here we go again
The clock starts again, the Mercedes are the first to return to the track.
Q3: There are 6’58 left in the session
The pilots are now waiting before the recovery.
Q3: Leclerc set the best time just before Alonso’s accident
On the other hand, the time of Sainz, which was very close to that of Leclerc, is not taken into account because it arrived just after the red flag.
Q3: Alonso lost the hydraulics
The Spanish pilot explains what happened to him. It did not exit due to pilot error but due to a mechanical problem.
Q3: Fernando Alonso in the wall
Accident for the Spaniard. Red flag. Alonso was fighting for the top spots. He gets out of his single-seater without any problem. Disappointment for Alpine.
Q3: Perez 1 thousandth ahead of Verstappen
Minimum gap between the two Red Bull drivers, but the Mexican is in front.
Q3: Let’s go, Verstappen in the lead
The Dutchman started ahead of his teammate Perez.
Stroll’s reaction after the incident in Q1
At the microphone of Canal +: “He (Latifi) let me pass and afterwards, I was looking at the cars around me. When he tried to overtake, the track really turns to the right. It’s a really weird accident. The timing was just terrible for both of them. No, it’s not that (bullying) at all. When the track turns right, it takes the car to the right, and that was exactly when he accelerated.”
Q3: Perez under investigation
The Mexican might not have slowed down enough under yellow flags. The survey will be conducted 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 ranking
The battle continues between Red Bull and Ferrari.
Q2: Gasly, Bottas, Tsunoda, Zhou and Schumacher eliminated
The McLarens have regained their rhythm and are both moving into Q3.
Q2: Hamilton finally improves
Hamilton’s last fast lap was the good one, he moved up to 8th, 3 hundredths behind his teammate Russell.
Q2: Gasly will not see Q3
The Alpha Tauri driver failed to improve his time, he is 11th, 15 thousandths behind Hamilton.
Q2: 8th time for Ocon
The French pushes Hamilton to 10th place, on the verge of elimination.
Q2: Ocon starts his last fast lap
The Frenchman wants to get Q3, he has to win a place for that.
Q2: Leclerc and Sainz improve
Leclerc even does better than Verstappen, but fails to get the time of Perez, faster by 26 tenths.
Q2: Hamilton in danger, 9th
The Briton is threatened by Gasly and Ocon in particular. He is currently 9th but not at all guaranteed to join Q3.
Q2: Hamilton hampered by Verstappen
The Mercedes driver, on a fast lap, narrowly passed Verstappen, on a slow lap. The Briton complains on the radio. The Dutchman did not seem to have been warned that his opponent was in a time lap.
Q2: Best time for Perez
He is ahead of Verstappen by 27 hundredths.
Q2: 2nd time for Alonso
The Spaniard is just behind Verstappen, provisional best time. Perez 3rd, Leclerc 4th, Sainz 7th.
Q2: Russell takes the loophole
The Briton put his wheels in the grass under braking and pulls straight. He triggers a yellow flag and forces his teammate Hamilton to slow down, before quickly returning to the track. Everything is fine.
Q2: Here we go
Max Verstappen starts 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 foul. There was space inside, I was on my tire prep, he also wasn’t on an attacking lap, and he pointed at me. That’s all I can say. I let him past at the start because I thought he was attacking. But when I saw he was slowing down, I got back into my position.”
Q1: The complete classification of Q1
The Red Bulls dominate at the moment. Q2 is about to start but Albon’s Williams is being pulled off the track after an apparent mechanical problem.
Q1: Albon, Magnussen, Vettel, Latifi and Stroll eliminated
No surprise 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.
Q1: Here we go again
The drivers have less than 2 minutes, so you have to quickly cross the line to afford a fast last lap. The drivers overtake each other in the preparation lap.
Q1: Resumption of the session in 5 minutes
The drivers will be able to set off again, with 2 minutes and 1 second on the clock, so enough time to do a quick lap. Sebastian Vettel could be there, Aston Martin continues to tackle his car.
Q1: A surprising accident
At first, Latifi moved aside to let Stroll pass. In the next corner, Latifi went back and Stroll came to touch Latifi with his right front wheel. Stroll probably wanted to keep his position before launching his fast lap, but his aggressiveness leads to an accident and a session stopped.
Q1: Another 2 minutes on the clock
The session is suspended for the moment. 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 for him to take part in this end of the session.
Q1: Accident between Stroll and Latifi
Red flag, Stroll crashed into Latifi. The clock is stopped. Latifi’s Williams is in bad shape. Both pilots are fine.
Q1: the Mercedes go up a bit
Hamilton 8th, Russell 9th. The two pilots are held in 4 hundredths only. Mercedes is far from the top of the table.
Q1: Verstappen improves further
3rd lap with the same tires for Verstappen, who improved again and took the best provisional time, 3 tenths ahead of Leclerc. Perez also had a good lap, 2nd provisionally 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, at 8 tenths.
Q1: Leclerc, Sainz and Verstappen improve
During a second qualifying lap, the three drivers improved their times. Leclerc temporarily in the lead, ahead of Verstappen and Sainz. Perez did him worse than his first attempt and is now 5th, ahead of Norris.
Q1: Hamilton and Russell come out of the pits
The two Mercedes waited before setting off for their first attempt.
Q1: Verstappen 4th provisional time, Sainz in the lead
For his first attempt, Max Verstappen set the 4th provisional time, behind Sainz, Perez and Leclerc.
Q1: Leclerc sets the tone
The Monegasque of Ferrari signs his first lap with a good time of 1’19″391.
Let’s go for Q1!
The first single-seaters hit the track on 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 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). 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 the Australian Grand Prix this Saturday. In 1’19″117, Norris beat 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 7th. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), is in 8th place, ahead of his teammate and compatriot George Russell, 11th.
Verstappen wins in Saudi Arabia
After 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 a.m.
You have to be earlier than usual to follow the Australian Grand Prix this weekend. Qualifying starts at 8 a.m. French time.