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Australian GP 2022 Qualifying: Charles Leclerc grabs pole position ahead of Max Verstappen; Lando Norris leads McLaren’s charge

Here's everything you need to know about what transpired in Australia GP qualifying

Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen battling it out at the Bahrain GP

The Australian GP Qualifying was a spectacle for the audience as Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez decided to put on a show. The Grand Prix is making a comeback after a break of more than two years. But it was definitely worth the wait and it’s not even race day as the drivers were flying around Albert Park in Melbourne.

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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc grabs pole position at the Australian GP. The Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez of managed to complete the top 3 after qualifying P2 and P3.

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso was absolutely motoring along as he looked set to compete for pole position and potentially grab it after 151 races in Formula 1. While his team mate Esteban Ocon, who also made it to Q3, wasn’t able to get the same out of that car as he finished P8.

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Charles Leclerc grabs the headlines yet again as he grabs his second pole in three races

Charles Leclerc

Just as we thought it couldn’t get any worse for Sebastian Vettel, we were wrong. After a crash in FP1 and then being fined for the same, the German could barely get the Aston Martin back on track with just over 2 minutes to go. It has been confirmed that as he was coming out of the pit lane, he was found speeding in pit lane and fined subsequently.

POSNODRIVERCARQ1Q2Q3LAPS
116Charles LeclercFERRARI1:18.8811:18.6061:17.86821
21Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING RBPT1:18.5801:18.6111:18.15421
311Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING RBPT1:18.8341:18.3401:18.24021
44Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:19.2801:19.0661:18.70320
544Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:19.4011:19.1061:18.82528
663George RussellMERCEDES1:19.4051:19.0761:18.93326
73Daniel RicciardoMCLAREN MERCEDES1:19.6651:19.1301:19.03222
831Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:19.6051:19.1361:19.06123
955Carlos SainzFERRARI1:18.9831:18.4691:19.40822
1014Fernando AlonsoALPINE RENAULT1:19.1921:18.815DNF15
1110Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI RBPT1:19.5801:19.22619
1277Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:19.2511:19.41013
1322Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI RBPT1:19.7421:19.42417
1424Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:19.9101:20.15516
1547Mick SchumacherHAAS FERRARI1:20.1041:20.46519
1623Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:20.13511
1720Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:20.25411
185Sebastian VettelASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:21.1493
196Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:21.3728

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have definitely looked better on that W-13 but it has been nothing close to what was expected out of them. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished P5 and P6 respectively.

McLaren was the team which seemed to have improved the most as both their drivers made it to Q3. Lando Norris and the hometown hero, Daniel Ricciardo, looked much better as they finished P4 and P7 respectively.

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