F1 Australian GP 2022 Qualifying Review & Results

In an interesting qualifying session back in Melbourne, there was potential for mix up on the back of a telling practice 3 session. McLaren looked like they had better pace, Fernando Alonso in the Alpine had incredible pace. All this made things a little unpredictable going into qualifying.

Q1 starting out with top dogs Ferrari and Red Bull setting the pace, while Alonso put in a great lap to go fifth. Valtteri Bottas then taking fifth with his lap. With first runs done Max Verstappen was only four hundredths of the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, teasing prospects to come. Lando Norris in the McLaren takes fourth but is short lived as Alonso comes back to gain fourth once again.

Both Mercedes drivers struggled again with Lewis Hamilton going eleventh while team-mate George Russell went only two places above. Verstappen then sets the pace by going fastest.

After what was a difficult time for the Aston Martin crew after Lance Stoll’s collision with the barricade at the end of third practice, he was able to go and try set a time.

With two minutes to go, with Stroll and Nicholas Latifi both on out laps, a collision between the two Canadians caused a red flag, suspending the session and ruining any chance of Stroll setting a time.

Just under two minutes to go after the red flag period ended and drivers were jockeying for position, trying to get in a place where they could get a lap in with the limited time remaining. The two Mercedes missed the cut off point to do a lap meaning they could not do another lap.

What the red flag did allow was Sebastian Vettel to get his car back in condition to try and set a lap time, and he did, unfortunately for the German, it was not enough to save him from being eliminated. The drivers who were eliminated ended up as Alex Albon, Kevin Magnussen, Sebastian Vettel, Nicholas Latifi and Lance Stroll. Later, Albon was disqualified for not having a fuel sample to give for testing.

Q2 seen the beginning of the session have Verstappen going fastest, followed by Sergio Perez, Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. The Ferrari drivers being on used soft tyres. Alonso again putting a great lap together goes second. The two McLaren’s then split the Ferrari’s.

Hamilton after his lap goes eighth, Perez then takes top spot with a good lap. Russell splits the McLaren’s by going sixth. Sainz set another lap this time going third fastest, Leclerc then went ahead of his team-mate going second.

Bottas stayed twelfth, Zhou Guanyu went just behind Bottas in thirteenth. Yuki Tsunoda beat Zhou by qualifying thirteenth. Esteban Ocon took eighth just before Daniel Ricciardo beat Ocon out and got himself into eighth. Hamilton grabs eighth beating Ricciardo and Ocon who ended up in ninth and tenth respectively. The drivers eliminated were Pierre Gasly, Valtteri Bottas, Yuki Tsunoda, Zhou Guanyu and Mick Schumacher.

Q3 started out with Verstappen going quickest, Perez then beat that time and took provisional pole for the time being. Laps being put in on first runs with Ricciardo going third, followed by Ocon going fourth, ahead of Norris and the Hamilton.

Leclerc put a lap together to go provisional pole position, while that happened Alonso was set for a brilliant time but crashed at turn 11. This caused another red flag, which caused Sainz to have to abort his lap as he did not finish his lap.

Following the red flag, Perez put his lap in, and missed Leclerc’s time by one thousandth of a second, coming extremely close to being on provisional pole. Both Mercedes completed their laps with Russell going fourth and Hamilton in sixth, they did go for another attempt.

With 8 seconds to go in the session Verstappen crossed the line and thought he had pole, but then not so long after, Leclerc going on even better and going just under three tenths faster than Verstappen.

Sainz needed to get a proper lap together but was not able to, due to a mistake on his qualifying lap. Meaning he was not able to move up and ended in ninth. Hamilton went fifth just ahead of Russell who both were beat out by Norris.

Lots of potential for a great race, with Sainz out of position we could see a rise through the order, but eyes will be on Leclerc and Verstappen as they continue their fight for the championship. With McLaren having a better showing so far this weekend there will be a lot of support for home driver Daniel Ricciardo to get a good result to kick-start McLaren’s season after a lacklustre start to the season.

Qualifying Results

1 – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 2 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 3 – Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 4 – Lando Norris (McLaren) 5 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 6 – George Russell (Mercedes) 7 – Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 8 – Esteban Ocon (Alpine) 9 – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 10 – Fernando Alonso (Alpine) 11 – Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) 12 – Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) 13 – Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) 14 – Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) 15 – Mick Schumacher (Haas) 16 – Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 17 – Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) 18 – Nicholas Latifi (Williams) 19 – Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) 20 – Alex Albon (Williams)

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