The Dutch pilot Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will start on Sunday on the pole of the Brazilian Grand Prix of Formula 1after being the fastest this Friday in qualifying at the Interlagos circuit.
Verstappen – who signed the pole with a time of 1:10:727 – was favored by the red flag shown by the organization when there were 4 minutes and 19 seconds left to finish Q3, due to the strong wind and a dark sky that It threatened to intensify the rain that had already begun to fall on the legendary circuit.
This is the 31st pole position for the current three-time Formula 1 champion in his career.
The Monegasque of Ferrari Charles Leclerc and the Canadian Aston Martin Lance Stroll They will accompany Verstappen in the second and third positions on the starting grid.
The session started 15 minutes late because the prosecutors had to clean the track, at the request of the tire manufacturer Pirelli. During free practice, the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) had a tire punctured by a loose nail on the asphalt and the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) complained about pebbles on the track.
In Q1, the British George Russell (Mercedes), winner of the San Pablo GP in 2022, was the fastest, with 1:10:340, beating Verstappen (1:10:436) and Leclerc (1:10: 472).
In Q2, the British Lando Norris (McLaren) was the fastest, with 1:10:021, again with Verstappen in second place and the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) third.
In Brazil, all eyes are on the battle to occupy second place on the podium at the end of the season – behind champion Verstappen.
Pérez and Hamilton, who are second and third in the run-up to Sunday’s GP, are fighting to be escorts for the three-time Dutch champion.
In Q3, with the imminent arrival of rain, Verstappen managed to set a time of 1:10:727 that earned him pole position, his 11th in the 20 classifications held this season, before the track became wet and the judges showed the red flag.
This Saturday at 11 in the morning in Argentina there will be the qualification for the sprint race, which will be held in the afternoon (3:30 p.m.).
On Sunday, the San Pablo GP, the 21st round of Formula 1 in 2023, will be held at the Interlagos circuit starting at 2 p.m., with 71 laps planned on the 4,309 kilometers of the circuit.
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