2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix Qualifying Report and Highlights: Magnussen takes shock pole position for Sao Paulo Sprint in nailbiting qualifying session

2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix Qualifying Report and Highlights: Magnussen takes shock pole position for Sao Paulo Sprint in nailbiting qualifying session

Eight months after returning to Formula 1, Kevin Magnussen took a stunning pole position in qualifying for the 2022 Sao Paulo Sprint.

Although Q1 started on a damp track, slicks were soon fitted and it was Lando Norris who led the opening session before Max Verstappen took over in a dry Q2. The top-10 shootout was a different story.

With two minutes to go in Q3, Kevin Magnussen topped the timesheets, and that’s when George Russell locked up and beached his Mercedes at Turn 5, bringing out a red flag to let the Dane off incredulously. A short break later, and the rain began to fall: Magnussen’s time would stand, and he would take his first Formula 1 pole position.

Verstappen finished second, 0.203 seconds off the pace, while Russell finished third for the sprint. Norris finished fourth for McLaren, while Carlos Sainz – who received five penalties for Sunday – rounded out the top five.


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Alpine’s Esteban Ocon qualified sixth ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton eighth for Mercedes, Sergio Perez ninth for Red Bull and Charles Leclerc tenth for Ferrari.

Lando Norris led a wet-dry Q1 when showers hit the circuit ahead of qualifying, before the track quickly dried.

Q2 was run in dry conditions – although rain began to fall as soon as the checkered flew – with Alex Albon qualifying 11th by 0.044s to escape safety. Pierre Gasly was 12th for Alfatori ahead of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, while a mistake saw Vettel’s teammate Lance Stroll qualify 15th for the sprint.

Times crashed dramatically in Q1, but each driver was able to complete a lap on the soft tires after Gasly initiated the change. Williams’ Nicolas Latifi was 16th ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Zhu Guanyu in 17th and his 18th-placed team-mate Valtteri Bottas – who was furious for a second run on the new intermediates – while Yuki Tsunoda and Mick Schumacher occupied the final row for the start. Ready to sprint

Qualifying highlights: 2022 São Paulo Grand Prix

as it happened

Question 1 – Norris sets the pace in a frantic wet-dry start to qualify

Torrential rain made for a slick surface for the start of Q1 in Brazil – a headwind battered drivers into Turn 1. This trio of categories will set the grid for Saturday’s Sprint, which in turn will set the grid for Sunday’s São Paulo. Grand Prix.

As more rainclouds arrived, drivers quickly emerged to set laps in the middle, and with 10 minutes remaining Alonso set a benchmark of 1m 18.412s ahead of Red Bull’s Verstappen and then Perez – often rolling faster as the track dried. Tsunoda, the Haas driver and the Williams duo found themselves in the drop-zone early on.

Sunoda’s Alfatouri team-mate Gasli then took the opportunity to swap for the soft tyre, followed by the Williams driver and Ricciardo. It set the tone for the rest of the field – Gasly with 1m 16.557s with five minutes remaining – as a frenzied crowd began to capitalize on the drying conditions.

Gasly first gambled for Q1 slicks

In a frantic conclusion to Q1, Norris was fastest with a time of 1m 13.106s, 0.297s faster than runner-up Hamilton’s time and 0.15s faster than Alonso’s run. Vettel finished fourth, half a second off the pace, while FP1 leader Perez Verstappen rounded out the top five.

Magnussen took second while Albon took P8, with Gasly eventually dropping to ninth and Stroll down to tenth. Russell finished 11th ahead of Leclerc – who called Tsunoda a “joke” for interrupting his race – while Ocon was 13th and grid-penalty-hit Sainz 14th.

Williams driver Latifi – squeezed Ricciardo into P15 in Q2 at the cost of safety by 0.164s. The Alfa Romeos were next as 18th-placed Bottas mourned the second race in the intermediates, while Tsunoda and Schumacher also dropped out in 19th and 20th respectively.

Dropped: Latifi, Zhou, Bottas, Tsunoda, Schumacher

Norris set the pace in the softs, but there was still plenty of time to find…

Q2 – Verstappen leads Sainz by 0.009s as rain approaches

The threat of rain at the start of the second quarter did not quite abate, though DRS was enabled for the session. At the midway point of the session, Verstappen led with a time of 1m11.318s, with Alonso 0.078s behind and Leclerc 0.15s behind the Alpine driver.

With Vettel, Ricciardo, Russell, Stroll and Hamilton in danger of elimination, the airwaves lit up with reports of drizzle with six minutes remaining. Despite these reports, there were improvements across the board: Verstappen consolidated his position with 1m 10.881s.

Sainz was runner-up in Q2, 0.009s clear of Red Bull, while Leclerc was 0.060s away in P3. Russell reached safety with P4 and Norris rounded out the top five ahead of Alonso.

To applause in the Haas garage, Magnussen claimed an excellent seventh, Perez eighth and Hamilton ninth – Ocon finishing in the top 10 for his first Q3 appearance at Interlagos.

This left Albon 11th, 0.044 seconds clear of safety, with Gasly 12th and Vettel 13th. Ricciardo was dropped in 14th and, with a lock-up on his flying lap, Troll finished 15th – with rain just as the checkered flag flew for Q2.

Dropped: Albon, Gasly, Vettel, Ricciardo, Stroll

Verstappen returned to the top as the clouds began to regroup in the second Q2

Question 3 – Magnussen brings home his first pole

As a train of cars lined up to start work for Q3 at the end of the pit lane, Leclerc rolled the dice for the intermediates as the rest opted for slicks with their eyes skyward. The Monegasque driver crawled around on his out-lap but, in an unexpected twist, lapped on flat tyres.

Perez, who was just behind Leclerc’s rear wing, saw his first lap compromised by a wayward Ferrari; It was clear this was soft tire territory and Leclerc pitted for slicks after a struggling 90 seconds.

Just after Leclerc pitted, Russell brought out a red flag and drove his Mercedes into the gravel at Turn 5. With eight minutes and 10 seconds on the clock, Magnussen was on top with a time of 1m 11.674s, Verstappen 0.203s behind. Haas was a picture of concern during the garage stop.

“You’re kidding,” Magnussen said when he was told of his temporary position. “Don’t celebrate yet!” He pleaded.

Russell’s mistake would lead to unforgettable scenes in Q3

The session resumed in 1959 local time and Pérez appeared to test the conditions at Inters – although 1m 11.6s was impossible on those compounds. Leclerc left it all as he returned to the pit wall to speak to Ferrari racing director Laurent Mackis. Verstappen got out of the car shortly after.

As drivers began to slowly emerge from their cockpits, ponchos blowing, clocks ticking down, one thing was clear: Magnussen would take the first pole position of his career. He was nodding, smiling, in the cockpit of his VF-22, as the jubilant crowd came forward to applaud the Dane – who was finally embraced with all the might of team principal Guenther Steiner when he finally emerged from the clamber. the car

Verstappen had to settle for second, 0.203s off the pace, with Russell third before his turn 5 off, the Briton 0.385s off Magnussen’s benchmark. Norris qualified fourth and Sainz – who has five penalties for Sunday’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix – rounded out the top five.

Then it was the Alpines, with Ocon sixth and Alonso seventh, while Hamilton finished eighth – with the seven-time champion back in the bottom 3 in a final intermediate-shod run. Perez finished ninth in the third quarter, while a furious Leclerc dropped out of the top 10.

2022 Sao Paulo GP qualifying: Kevin Magnussen sparks wild celebrations with first F1 pole

Original quote

“I don’t know what to say. The team put me out on track at just the right moment. I mean we were out in the pit lane first, did a pretty decent lap. At the Pole, it’s incredible. Thanks to Jean Haas and Guenther [Steiner] And the whole team for this opportunity. I returned this year after a year and it has been an amazing journey. So, thank you” – Kevin Magnussen, Haas

What next?

Practice 2 starts at 1230 local time before the final sprint of the season in Sao Paulo – 1630 local time. the head Race hub To find out how and when you can catch the action – Kevin Magnussen takes Max Verstappen off the line…

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