Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Baku City Circuit, 2023

2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix sprint race starting grid

2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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Charles Leclerc has taken provisional pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for Ferrari sprint race ahead of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen.

Row 1 1. (16) Charles Leclerc 1’40.203
Ferrari SF-23
2. (11) Sergio Perez 1’40.391
Red Bull RB19
Row 2 3. (1) Max Verstappen 1’40.495
Red Bull RB19
4. (63) George Russell 1’41.016
Mercedes W14
Row 3 5. (55) Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’41.177
Ferrari SF-23
6. (44) Lewis Hamilton 1’41.253
Mercedes W14
Row 4 7. (23) Alexander Albon 1’41.281
Williams-Mercedes FW45
8. (14) Fernando Alonso 1’41.581
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR23
Row 5 9. (18) Lance Stroll 1’41.611
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR23
10. (4) Lando Norris 1’41.611
McLaren-Mercedes MCL60
Row 6 11. (81) Oscar Piastri 1’41.654
McLaren-Mercedes MCL60
12. (27) Nico Hulkenberg 1’41.818
Haas-Ferrari VF-23
Row 7 13. (20) Kevin Magnussen 1’42.259
Haas-Ferrari VF-23
14. (24) Zhou Guanyu 1’42.395
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C43
Row 8 15. (77) Valtteri Bottas 1’42.642
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C43
16. (22) Yuki Tsunoda 1’42.755
AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT04
Row 9 17. (10) Pierre Gasly 1’43.417
Alpine-Renault A523
18. (21) Nyck de Vries 1’44.853
AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT04
Row 10 19. (31) Esteban Ocon 1’55.282
Alpine-Renault A523


Esteban Ocon: Start from pit lane due to changes made to his car under parc ferme conditions.


Logan Sargeant: Damaged incurred during sprint race qualifying session

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6 comments on “2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix sprint race starting grid”

  1. Another pole for Leclerc, as I expected, but Ferrari’s general race pace disadvantage will probably be against him winning in the sprint too.
    Sargeant had a good pace until his error, partly down to Sainz’s presence.
    Tsunoda still had green lights when crossing the timing line, but unlucky red for him & Alfas.

    1. Yellow Barron
      29th April 2023, 12:35

      Now that this race has become pretty irrelevant, it makes sense to have it as a reverse grid race to make it interesting.

      Points system could simply be:

      Points for top 8, 10 or 12


      Points for top 8 but with points given to drivers with most completed overtakes or positions gained

      1. Yellow Barron
        29th April 2023, 12:38

        *but with points also given

        Malaysia 2010 was a pretty interesting race due the the Ferrari’s and McLaren’s starting at the back.

      2. Just change the entire points system to award points to all finishers.
        Nobody is on the track to gain nothing then – every position counts toward the championship, all the time.

        As long as there is more points for the GP than the sprint, who cares what the actual number of points is.

        It has to be worth it to the competitors. Decoupling it from the GP has made it completely useless for at least 1/3 of them.
        Reversing the grid would be interesting and I’d like it to happen (but it won’t), but they at least give everyone sufficient incentive to take it seriously.
        Norris’ and Tsunoda’s teams already sacrificed the sprint the first time out with this format…

  2. Dissapointing q3 by Aston Martins again.Fernando should have been 5-th.

  3. Congrats to LEC, he’s really making a difference compared to SAI.

    That Mercedes should be burned completely!

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