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F1 starting grid: Max Verstappen, Lando Norris finished 1-2 for pole in Qatar Grand Prix

Formula One racing is headed to the Losail Circuit for the Qatar Grand Prix. We’ll update qualifying until we’ve got the full racing grid is set.

A general view of the cars lined up on the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Losail International Circuit on November 21, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Q3 results: Max Verstappen was the fastest driver in the final round of qualifying and claimed pole for Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix. Lando Norris will join him on the front row and they’ll be followed by George Russell and Oscar Piastri. The full starting grid is listed below.

Q2 results: Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver in the second round of qualifying. The five slowest drivers were Yuki Tsunoda, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Alexander Albon, and Nico Hulkenberg. They will start Sunday in P11-15 on the starting grid.

Q1 results: Max Verstappen was the fastest driver in the first round of qualifying. The five slowest drivers were Logan Sargeant, Lance Stroll, Liam Lawson, Kevin Magnussen, and Zhou Guanyu. They will start Sunday in P16-20 on the starting grid.


Formula One racing has arrived in the desert this weekend for the Qatar Grand Prix. The race will take place on Sunday at Losail Circuit, getting underway at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN. Qualifying runs on Friday and will air on ESPN2. If you’re not able to watch on TV or via live stream, we’ll be providing updates throughout qualifying.

This is an expanded weekend with qualifying running on Friday and a sprint race running on Saturday. The Saturday sprint race will be a standalone event, having no impact on Sunday’s race. Friday qualifying will determine the starting grid through three rounds of racing. Q1 runs 18 minutes, Q2 runs 15 minutes, and Q3 runs 12 minutes. The five slowest drivers drop out of qualifying after each of the first two rounds and then the final ten drivers compete for the pole in Q3.

Max Verstappen entered race week as a heavy favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He was installed at -400 and those odds will improve if he claims his tenth pole of the season.

Here is the full entry list for the Qatar Grand Prix as qualifying gets underway. We’ll provide updates with each driver’s time and how the starting lineup settles.

2023 Qatar Grand Prix starting grid

Pos Driver No.
Pos Driver No.
1 Max Verstappen 1
2 Lando Norris 4
3 George Russell 63
4 Oscar Piastri 81
5 Lewis Hamilton 44
6 Fernando Alonso 14
7 Charles Leclerc 16
8 Pierre Gasly 10
9 Esteban Ocon 31
10 Valtteri Bottas 77
11 Yuki Tsunoda 22
12 Carlos Sainz 55
13 Sergio Perez 11
14 Alexander Albon 23
15 Nico Hulkenberg 27
16 Logan Sargeant 2
17 Lance Stroll 18
18 Liam Lawson 40
19 Kevin Magnussen 20
20 Zhou Guanyu 24