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F1 starting grid: Max Verstappen claims pole at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying

Formula One racing is headed to the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. We’ll update qualifying until we’ve got the full racing grid is set at Yas Marina Circuit.

A general view of the pitlane during previews ahead of Round 14 Yas Marina of the Formula 2 Championship at Yas Marina Circuit on November 23, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Joe Portlock - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images

Q3 results: Max Verstappen was the fastest driver in Q3 and has claimed pole position for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc will join him on the front row, with Oscar Piastri and George Russell following in the second row. The full starting grid is listed below.

Q2 results: Max Verstappen was once again the fastest driver in the second round of qualifying. The five slowest were Lewis Hamilton, Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll, Alexander Albon, and Daniel Ricciardo. They will start at P11-15.

Q1 results: Max Verstappen was the fastest driver in the first round of qualifying. In a shocker, Carlos Sainz stumbled and was eliminated in Q1. Other drivers eliminated included Kevin Magnussen, Valtteri Bottas, Zhou Guanyu, and Logan Sargeant. They’ll start at P16-20 on Sunday.


Formula One racing has arrived in the United Arab Emirates this weekend for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The final race of the 2023 season will take place on Sunday at Yas Marina Circuit, getting underway at 8 ET on ESPN. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN.

A day ahead of the race, the drivers will run three qualifying periods to set the starting grid. Qualifying is airing on ESPN2, but if you’re unable to watch, we’ll be providing live updates as the grid is finalized.

Qualifying will run a little over an hour and 15 minutes. Q1 is 18 minutes and features all 20 drivers. The five slowest are eliminated and slotting in P16-20. Q2 runs 15 minutes and eliminates five more drivers to slot in P11-15. Q3 wraps it up with 12 minutes of qualifying for the final ten to determine the starting grid.

Max Verstappen heads into qualifying as the favorite to be the fastest qualifier at DraftKings Sportsbook. He’s installed at +135 and Lando Norris follows at +300.

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

2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix starting grid

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