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Brazilian Grand Prix 2023

Norris takes Sprint pole after lengthy crash delay

The McLaren driver beat Red Bull's Max Verstappen to top spot after lengthy delays for barrier repairs after a crash between Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso.

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Lando Norris made up for his disappointment in São Paulo Grand Prix qualifying by securing pole for the Sprint.

The McLaren driver set a benchmark time of 1:10.622 at Interlagos to beat Max Verstappen in the Sprint Shootout less than 24 hours on from a freak storm taking away his chance for Grand Prix pole.

Sergio Perez was mighty impressive to finish third on a used set of Soft tyres and will be joined on the second row by Mercedes' George Russell, with Lewis Hamilton fifth.

Yuki Tsunoda led AlphaTauri's charge in sixth, separated from teammate Daniel Ricciardo by Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

Carlos Sainz and Oscar Piastri round out the top 10 after using used Softs in the final segment.

Result Sprint shootout - Brazilian

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Haas agony in tight SQ2

Both Haas drivers agonisingly missed out on a top 10 spot for the Sprint after finishing with 0.076s of Tsunoda's effort in SQ2.

Kevin Magnussen was only 0.051s away from the Japanese driver and will line up 11th ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg - both drivers having been on pole at this venue.

Pierre Gasly will start 13th for Alpine, ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who was slowest of the 14 runners that took to the track.

Ocon and Alonso drama ends SQ1

SQ1 came to an early end with red flags thrown as drivers began their final flying attempts.

Alpine's Esteban Ocon crashed out at Turn 3 to cause extensive damage to his car, with it becoming apparent that Fernando Alonso was involved as he drove back to the pits with heavy damage to the front left of his Aston Martin.

Alonso had just finished his lap and stayed to the outside of Turn 3 as Ocon, who was opening his attempt, slid wide with oversteer and connected with the Spaniard.

Ocon finished 16th fastest but will face a race against time to take part in the Sprint whilst Alonso was out of qualifying himself, despite rushed work from his mechanics to repair the damage having finished 11th fastest.

The second Aston Martin of Lance Stroll was only 17th, marginally ahead of Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu.

Williams duo Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant complete the final row of the grid.

F1 2023 Brazilian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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