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Qatar Grand Prix 2023

Piastri seals shock pole for Qatar Sprint

The McLaren driver has sealed a shock pole in a front row lockout for the team at the Lusail circuit.

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Oscar Piastri has sealed a shock pole for the Qatar Grand Prix Sprint as part of a front row lock out for McLaren.

Lando Norris will start alongside, while Max Verstappen will be third on the grid after getting his initial lap time deleted due to track limits at Turn 5.

A lot of the drivers had to contend with track limits throughout the session, after corners were re-profiled for safety and the wind speed picked up.

George Russell will start the Sprint from fourth, but is under investigation for failing to follow the maxmium delta time.

Carlos Sainz was promoted to fifth in the closing stages of the session, after a late lap time deletion for Fernando Alonso who is down in ninth.

Result Sprint shootout - Qatar

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Hamilton gets knocked out

Lewis Hamilton was the big upset during the Sprint Shootout, with the Mercedes driver failing to get through to SQ3.

His best lap of a 1:25.626 was deleted at the end of the session due to exceeding track limits at Turn 5, however even this was not good enough to get into the top ten fastest times.

The Mercedes driver was joined by Pierre Gasly, Valtteri Bottas, Liam Lawson and Zhou Guanyu.

Stroll suffers double knock out, as Tsunoda gets unlucky

Lance Stroll suffered another elimination in the first part of a qualifying session, after failing to put together to progress into SQ2.

The Aston Martin driver will start outside the top 15 alongside Alex Albon on the Sprint race grid, and joined by Kevin Magnussen and Logan Sargeant.

Yuki Tsunoda was initially through into SQ2, but had his lap time deleted in the closing stages due to track limits at Turn 13. This promoted Zhou Guanyu, and means the AlphaTauri driver starts in P18.

F1 2023 Qatar Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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