Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Monaco, 2023

2023 Monaco Grand Prix grid

2023 Monaco Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen has taken pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix for Red Bull ahead of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.

Row 1 1. (1) Max Verstappen 1’11.365
Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB19
2. (14) Fernando Alonso 1’11.449
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR23
Row 2 3. (31) Esteban Ocon 1’11.553
Alpine-Renault A523
4. (55) Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’11.630
Ferrari SF-23
Row 3 5. (44) Lewis Hamilton 1’11.725
Mercedes W14
6. (16) Charles Leclerc 1’11.471
Ferrari SF-23
Row 4 7. (10) Pierre Gasly 1’11.933
Alpine-Renault A523
8. (63) George Russell 1’11.964
Mercedes W14
Row 5 9. (22) Yuki Tsunoda 1’12.082
AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT AT04
10. (4) Lando Norris 1’12.254
McLaren-Mercedes MCL60
Row 6 11. (81) Oscar Piastri 1’12.395
McLaren-Mercedes MCL60
12. (21) Nyck de Vries 1’12.428
AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT AT04
Row 7 13. (23) Alexander Albon 1’12.527
Williams-Mercedes FW45
14. (18) Lance Stroll 1’12.623
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR23
Row 8 15. (77) Valtteri Bottas 1’12.625
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C43
16. (2) Logan Sargeant 1’13.113
Williams-Mercedes FW45
Row 9 17. (20) Kevin Magnussen 1’13.270
Haas-Ferrari VF-23
18. (27) Nico Hulkenberg 1’13.279
Haas-Ferrari VF-23
Row 10 19. (24) Zhou Guanyu 1’13.523
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C43
20. (11) Sergio Perez 1’13.850
Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB19


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17 comments on “2023 Monaco Grand Prix grid”

  1. What a qualifying & ending. S3 proved decisive.
    Checo will struggle to even reach the top 10 if/when the race is dry.

  2. Josh (@canadianjosh)
    27th May 2023, 16:16

    Wow, only Max could pull that off. Would have been a heck of a race with Nando on pole. Max will likely set sail

    1. Really? Only Max?

  3. Damn, Fernando had a poor last sector :(

    Had he won the Pole Position at 41yo, it would’ve been a great statement in memory of Schumacher’s Pole Position effort at 41yo.

    1. Verstappen had great final sectors the whole day, while quite often not nailing the first corner, and hence the 1st sector, which is where Alonso nailed it; I feel it is also partly setup/car related too. Ocon and Alonso probably set the best laps for their cars, and Verstappen was at his own solid level to nail it in a slightly faster car, IMO.

    2. Aston has been 2-3 tenths slower than the RB through the final sector all weekend. When I saw Max was only 2 tenths down at end of sector 2, I figured he had the pole. Sky commentators made the same mistake earlier in the session too, but it was quite consistent with his earlier gains in that sector.

      Still, great qualy session and so little to choose between anyone at the end. Very glad it wasn’t ruined by any yellow or red flags.

    3. Schumacher was already 43 when he won the 2012 qualifying.

  4. Adam (@rocketpanda)
    27th May 2023, 16:19

    I rather wanted Alonso to take it but got to admit that last sector from Verstappen was incredible.

    1. No, it wasn’t, it was Alonso’s 3rd sector that was slow.

      1. If Alonso was pushing so hard in S1 and S2, he would always run out of tyres for S3.

        1. I luv chicken
          28th May 2023, 2:13

          Andre, so true about today’s tires, They’re only good for about 2/3 of a lap.

  5. Alonso disappointed. It looked like he was the worst of all in the last sector, losing so much time on every attempt. Verstappen just smashed him and gained almost three tenths in like four or five corners.
    So, given his very bad starting position on the outside, Alonso will be third at best into the first corner, and third at finish, if he is lucky.

    1. Nah, no one’s overtaking into Turn 1. Hopefully we get some rain and some carnage. I can’t watch a 70 lap train no matter how beautiful Monaco is.

    2. You got to remember the tires. Some say the softs are so bad that one has to decide to either burn them upmin the first part of the lap, and then baby them for the remainder of the lap, or baby them for the first part of the lap, and burn them up during the last part.

      I think racing would be a whole lot different with Michelins.

  6. Solid performances from Perez and Stroll. What they are doing in those two cars is incredible.

  7. Well, 3 place grid penalty for Leclerc, Ferrari’s somewhat lackluster day got just that bit worse. And again, due to completely preventable incident that wasn’t managed well by the team/driver.

  8. I am afraid of a bowling George, corner 1.

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