Sports F1 Australian GP: Leclerc claims pole in eventful Melbourne qualifying

11:55  09 april  2022
11:55  09 april  2022 Source:   autosport.com

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Leclerc led after the first runs in Q3, popping in his 1m18.239s seconds before Fernando Alonso crashed at Turn 11 – the right hander at the end of the back straight and the second DRS zone.

Alonso had just set a then best time in the middle sector when he lost the rear of his Alpine going through Turn 11, the Spaniard saying after he crashed having been sent into the gravel and then into the wall on the outside, that he had “lost the hydraulics” and “could not change gear”.

When the session resumed for the final Q3 runs – with all the qualifying running taking part on the soft tyres – Perez led the pack around, opting to leave earlier to take two flying laps while the rest built to a single final effort with two warm-up tours.

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  F1 Australian GP: Leclerc beats Verstappen to top FP2 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc beat Max Verstappen to the top spot for Formula 1’s 2022 Australian Grand Prix – with the latter opting to complete extra qualifying simulations compared to his rival.In nearly 10°C cooler conditions compared to the first practice session at Albert Park on Friday – thanks to dark rain clouds building over Melbourne ahead of the one-hour afternoon running – Sainz led the way during the early running on the harder tyre compounds before his team-mate and then Verstappen edged ahead during their later fliers on the softs.

Perez’s second Q3 attempt ended up just 0.001s shy of Leclerc’s earlier effort, before Verstappen forged ahead of both on a 1m18.154s.

But Leclerc responded with purple sectors in the first and final thirds – Alonso retaining the best time in the middle sector – to post a 1m17.868s and secure his second pole of 2022 by 0.286s.

Perez’s third Q3 run ended up being no better than his second and he finished third, ahead of Lando Norris, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in a run of three British drivers.

Hamilton had been trailing Russell with just the final Q3 laps to go – the Mercedes cars employing similar run length tactics to Perez after the Alonso red flag, which lasted nearly 15 minutes.

Home hero Daniel Ricciardo ended up seventh ahead of Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz Jr in the second Ferrari.

F1 Australian GP qualifying results: Leclerc beats Verstappen to pole

  F1 Australian GP qualifying results: Leclerc beats Verstappen to pole Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took pole position for Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, beating Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez after delays caused by two red flags.The one-hour qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 before the top-10 shootout of Q3, was twice red-flagged and meant the decisive final laps took place amid a low sun that proved distracting for the drivers.

Sainz was unfortunate to not complete his first Q3 flying lap just as the red flags were brought out for Alonso’s crash and he could not match his team-mate’s pace in the final minutes.

Alonso took 10th as he did not set a time in Q3 as a result of his accident.

Alonso's Q3 crash brought out red flags for a second time © Autosport.com Alonso's Q3 crash brought out red flags for a second time

Alonso's Q3 crash brought out red flags for a second time

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In Q2, which Perez topped, Pierre Gasly and Valtteri Bottas paid for not bettering their personal bests on their final laps as they exited in 11th and 12th – the latter losing his long Q3 appearance streak as a result.

Yuki Tsunoda and Zhou Guanyu did produce their best laps on their final fliers, which yielded 13th and 14th for the AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo drivers respectively.

Mick Schumacher, who completed his last Q2 lap, a personal best, before most of the rest of the pack, took 15th.

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 FIA conducts an examination a against pole man Charles Leclerc © Motorsport Images Charles Leclec in the Ferrari F1-75 in Melbourne / Australia 2022 Ferrari driver Charles Leclec stands on the pole position to the Grand Prix of Australia 2022 in Melbourne ( that Race here in the Formula 1 Liabticker! ), but the Qualifying has an aftermath for him: The Sports Commiss of the Automotive World Association (FIA) have initiated an investigation against Leclerc and throw him in the way back in The box "unnecessarily slow" to be driven.

After the middle segment had concluded, several Q3 runners – including Leclerc, Hamilton and Verstappen – complained about the setting sun compromising their vision as they lapped the Albert Park circuit.

The visibility problem, which prompted Leclerc and Hamilton to request darker visors for Q3, was because the session was running long due to the delay following Alonso’s crash and Q1 being suspended with two minutes remaining following a massive crash between Canadians Nicholas Latifi and Lance Stroll.

Stroll had only just entered the fray once Aston Martin’s repairs on his car after his late FP3 crash, when the pair came together in an apparent misunderstanding regarding letting cars pass when on a slow lap as they exited Turn 5.

Latifi had just let Stroll by as they ran at slow speed towards Turn 5 – the tight, fast right hander than ends the track’s first sector – when the Williams accelerated and passed the Aston on its right hand side, with Zhou approaching both from behind at higher speed.

As Latifi was passing by, Stroll turned right – possibly to get out of Zhou’s way as is the requirement for drivers not on a flying lap – and the pair made contact, breaking the Aston’s right-front suspension and sending Latifi spearing into the wall and smashing all the corners on his Williams.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc wins Formula 1 Australian GP

  Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc wins Formula 1 Australian GP MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Charles Leclerc has completed a dominant weekend in his Ferrari after converting his pole position into a comprehensive triumph in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. The 24-year-old Leclerc extended his lead in the drivers’ championship while claiming his second win of the season following victory in the season-opening race in Bahrain. Leclerc was able to hold off Red Bull rival Max Verstappen during the opening laps and defended well mid-race under safety car conditions to pull away for a decisive 20.524-second victory.

When the session resumed after a 15-minute delay, which Aston used to finish the repairs it had also been completing on Sebastian Vettel’s car that looked set to be incomplete before the red flag, a gaggle of drivers queued at the end of the pitlane and then raced to gain a track position advantage and find the required tyre temperature for one final flier.

Latifi crashed heavily after contact with Stroll in Q1 © Autosport.com Latifi crashed heavily after contact with Stroll in Q1

Latifi crashed heavily after contact with Stroll in Q1

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On that, only Gasly and Vettel were able to set personal bests, which meant Alex Albon and Kevin Magnussen – one of the most active on the final warm-up lap as he passed the Williams and Ricciardo to head the pack – missing the cut in 16th and 17th behind Schumacher, who out-qualified Magnussen for the first occasion in their time as Haas team-mates.

Vettel’s effort was enough to get him ahead of Latifi’s time from before his crash with Stroll, who brought up the rear of the field with no time set.

As he returned to the pits at the end of Q1, Albon, who will drop three places on the Melbourne grid as a result of his crash with Stroll in the Jeddah race, was ordered to pull over and stop his car ahead of the penultimate corner when Williams detected a problem.

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  F1 Australian GP: Leclerc scores dominant win as Verstappen retires Charles Leclerc dominated Formula 1’s 2022 Australian Grand Prix – seemingly with enough pace to comfortably beat Max Verstappen even before the Red Bull retired ahead of the race’s final third.Sergio Perez finished second ahead of George Russell, who was a big gainer under the second safety car, but had to hold off a charging Lewis Hamilton to the flag.

The crash between Latifi and Stroll will be investigated now qualifying has concluded, while Vettel was fined €600 for speeding in the pitlane during his brief appearance in Q1, which Verstappen led.

Australian GP qualifying results

1 Charles Leclerc FerrariFerrari 1'17.868
2 Max Verstappen Red BullRed Bull 1'18.154 0.286
3 Sergio Perez Red BullRed Bull 1'18.240 0.372
4 Lando Norris McLarenMercedes 1'18.703 0.835
5 Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes 1'18.825 0.957
6 George Russell MercedesMercedes 1'18.933 1.065
7 Daniel Ricciardo McLarenMercedes 1'19.032 1.164
8 Esteban Ocon AlpineRenault 1'19.061 1.193
9 Carlos Sainz Jr FerrariFerrari 1'19.408 1.540
10 Fernando Alonso AlpineRenault
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauriRed Bull 1'19.226 1.358
12 Valtteri Bottas Alfa RomeoFerrari 1'19.410 1.542
13 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauriRed Bull 1'19.424 1.556
14 Zhou Guanyu Alfa RomeoFerrari 1'20.155 2.287
15 Mick Schumacher HaasFerrari 1'20.465 2.597
16 Kevin Magnussen HaasFerrari 1'20.254 2.386
17 Sebastian Vettel Aston MartinMercedes 1'21.149 3.281
18 Nicholas Latifi WilliamsMercedes 1'21.372 3.504
19 Alex Albon WilliamsMercedes 1'20.135 2.267
20 Lance Stroll Aston MartinMercedes
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