Lando Norris, McLaren, Interlagos, 2023

2023 Brazilian Grand Prix sprint race grid

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Lando Norris has taken pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix sprint race for McLaren ahead of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Row 11. (4) Lando Norris 1’10.622
McLaren-Mercedes MCL60
2. (1) Max Verstappen 1’10.683
Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB19
Row 23. (11) Sergio Perez 1’10.756
Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB19
4. (63) George Russell 1’10.857
Mercedes W14
Row 35. (44) Lewis Hamilton 1’10.940
Mercedes W14
6. (22) Yuki Tsunoda 1’11.019
AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT AT04
Row 47. (16) Charles Leclerc 1’11.077
Ferrari SF-23
8. (3) Daniel Ricciardo 1’11.122
AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT AT04
Row 59. (55) Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’11.126
Ferrari SF-23
10. (81) Oscar Piastri 1’11.189
McLaren-Mercedes MCL60
Row 611. (20) Kevin Magnussen 1’11.727
Haas-Ferrari VF-23
12. (27) Nico Hulkenberg 1’11.752
Haas-Ferrari VF-23
Row 713. (10) Pierre Gasly 1’11.822
Alpine-Renault A523
14. (77) Valtteri Bottas 1’11.872
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C43
Row 815. (14) Fernando Alonso No time
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR23
16. (31) Esteban Ocon 1’12.388
Alpine-Renault A523
Row 917. (18) Lance Stroll 1’12.482
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR23
18. (24) Zhou Guanyu 1’12.497
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C43
Row 1019. (23) Alexander Albon 1’12.525
Williams-Mercedes FW45
20. (2) Logan Sargeant 1’12.615
Williams-Mercedes FW45

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17 comments on “2023 Brazilian Grand Prix sprint race grid”

  1. The Ocon-Alonso contact was weird, & while neither was wholly faultless, I still put majority blame on the former.

    1. This was a typical Ocon incident. The guy seems to be a magnet for incidents in which he blames others. Haven’t seen anyone not blame Ocon for this.

      Alonso also had Hamilton running behind whom he needed to ensure he didn’t impede. That’s why he was getting super far to the right. Even so, the actual line was nowhere near where Ocon ended up being. I know Brundle said something like the outside edge of Ocon’s right wheels might be near Alonso’s on the racing line, but that was just wrong. I watched multiple overlays of that corner and a normal line would be a full two car widths to the left.

      1. That’s why he wasn’t* getting super far to the right

      2. I think it’s too easy to blame Ocon and to dismiss what Martin was saying. Before the session Martin is at the sky pad showing Max and Charles laps from last night and Charles was much wider through turn 3 as his car doesn’t have the downforce to keep the tight line like the redbull without breaking traction. Fast forward to after the sprint qualy and you see the replay of Lando’s pole lap and he also has a moment in the same place as Ocon yet his is bigger and throws the car even wider. If a car was where Alonso was we’re seeing a high speed T-boning.

        For me Alonso who knows a car is coming needs to either practically stop at the exit of turn 2 or speed up and get out the way on the straight. Instead he lingers between the two in the firing line and if on Lando’s lap it’s a bigger accident. Would you then blame Lando there then? because as shown with no car impeding it’s a pole lap rather than a big accident and if I worked for Alpine I’d be using Lando’s lap as evidence.

        1. @stuben – You’re safely ignoring one simple fact. Ocon wasn’t turning into the corner after he lost the car. He lost the car and was going straight and he would either spin or go off the track anyway. It just happened that Alonso was there at that moment. Ocon would still crash into Alonso even if Alonso didn’t turn to the left.

          It’s clear as day when you look it from Ocon’s camera.

        2. So, going by the reaction of others, you’re in a tiny minority. The fact that Ocon has so many crashes with 75% less races than Alonso and Fernando has NONE, speak for itself. Also, there was another car coming behind Ocon that was going to require Alonso to get to the left, that’s why he wasn’t extremely far to the right.

  2. hope we don’t get another ‘first win’ lessened due to it been in the sprint gimmick that f1 don’t ever refer to as a race and where said ‘win’ isn’t even counted in the record or stat books.

    it’s one of the biggest issues with this whole silly gimmick, championships won on a saturday before the gp in a ‘race’ that isn’t really a race and drivers like piastri & maybe norris today passing the finish line 1st to get a ‘win’ that isn’t a real win in a ‘race’ that they don’t call a race.

    nobody will remember that Piastri finished ahead of everyone else in a silly sprint and no sprint win will ever feel like as big an achievement as winning the GP.

    will be even worse if they get there reverse grid dream and we start seeing mid-field/back of grid drivers ‘winning’ primarily because of the reverse grid rather than because they earned a win in a full GP. I mean there are drivers in f2/f3 who’s only win happened in the reverse grid sprint races and nobody remembers them or sees them as any real accomplishment.

    1. Archibald Bumfluff
      4th November 2023, 15:30

      Reverse grid races can be a lot of fun though.

      If they are going to mess with the traditions of the sport, might as well have some chaotic fun in the process.

      1. i’ve never found any reverse grid race to be fun…. just horribly artificial with action that tends to feel very contrived.

        and then the winner tends to feel more like he won because he started further up rather than because he was one of the fastest on the day which is why winners of reverse grid races tend to be very quickly forgotten.

  3. Williams better be careful or AT is going to overhaul them. Was really sad to see the Williams being so bad here. I knew they wouldn’t be strong here, but this was much more than I imaged.

    1. I think at least Albon would have been through to Q2, but the red flag came out on his hot lap. Alpha Tauri are really looking good this weekend though.

    2. Albon qualified ahead of both AT cars in the actual race, so hopefully it will stay that way.

  4. SPRINT pole: 1. (4) Lando Norris 1’10.727
    GP pole: 1. (1) Max Verstappen 1’10.727

    1. Wait, this is wrong – the lap times in both articles on this site provide the same time (for the entire grid) for both qualifyings.

      1. They were all tied. It’s the first time every driver logged the same exact lap time. Where were you?

        1. Sorry, my bad, that’s been fixed now.

  5. It’s cute how the Red Bull and Red-Bull-by-another-name cars are converging in terms of pace. They make such a good pair, given how they’re both running Red Bull drivers and using Red Bull engines.

    On an entirely unrelated note…

    8.6 No more than twenty-six (26) cars will be admitted to the Championship, two (2) being entered by each Competitor.

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