Verstappen qualifying in Montmelo, Mercedes collision and disaster for Leclerc and Perez

Author of the article: , published on June 3, 2023.

Max Verstappen won the best starting position for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix at F1 qualifying in Montmelo, his 24th in his career and his first on Spanish soil.

Local Carlos Sainz with Ferrari will start the race from the first starting row, while the second starting row was occupied by Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly, who is threatened with a penalty of losing the starting places for obstructing the racers. With a possible penalty for the Frenchman, Lewis Hamilton will be the first to win, who finished the qualification in fifth place, Lance Stroll was sixth, Esteban Ocon was seventh, Nico Hulkenberg was an excellent eighth, Fernando Alonso did not justify the high expectations of the Spanish spectators with ninth place, and Oscar Piastri won tenth place.

A real nightmare was experienced by Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who for no clear reason was too slow to advance from the first part of qualifying, thus winning the penultimate starting place. Verstappen's team-mate Sergio Perez also found himself in trouble, who after a driving error drove off the track and destroyed his tires, thus dropping out of the continuation of qualifying in the second part, and he will start the race from eleventh place.

Some drama was also caused by the Mercedes racers who collided on the start-finish line. Both racers continued on the track, but George Russell crashed out at the end of Q2 and will start in twelfth place, while Hamilton only damaged his front wings in the incident.

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