RACE DEBRIEF

    Qualifying in Spain proved to be nerve-wracking until the very end, with Charles Leclerc leaving it late to grab a sensational pole for Ferrari after spinning on his first run in Q3.

    Max Verstappen was denied the chance to see if he could beat his rival thanks to a malfunctioning DRS, while there was jubilation for Haas who saw both drivers through to Q3 – albeit only just, with Lando Norris losing his lap time to promote Mick Schumacher to the top 10. Here are some of the best facts and stats from a thrilling qualifying in Barcelona…

    • Charles Leclerc takes pole in Barcelona, the first driver to take consecutive poles in 2022.

    • His pole is also the first for Ferrari at this track since 2008 (Kimi Raikkonen).

    • All of Leclerc’s career wins have come from pole position.

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    • Max Verstappen starts second; he also started on the front row here in 2021 and took the lead at Turn 1.

    • Leclerc and Verstappen share the front row for the fourth time in six race weekends this season.

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    These two are getting used to sharing the front row
    • Carlos Sainz qualified third – the third time he’s started P3 this year and his highest ever start in Spain.

    • Mercedes’ run of nine consecutive pole positions at this track ends, and it is the first time there is no Mercedes car on the front row here since 2012.

    • Sergio Perez starts fifth, the first time he starts outside the top four in 2022.

    • Lewis Hamilton’s sixth is the first time he’s been out-qualified by George Russell this season when they’ve both made Q3.

    • This is Hamilton’s lowest qualifying position here since 2009, when he was 14th – he did start lower in 2012, but that was after a disqualification from pole.

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    • Valtteri Bottas is seventh, Alfa Romeo’s first top 10 start here since Perez was fifth for Sauber here back in 2012.

    • Kevin Magnussen was eighth, the third time in his last four visits to Spain that he has been in the top eight on the grid.

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    A first Q3 for Schumacher, who matches his best career starting slot
    • Daniel Ricciardo out-qualifies Lando Norris for the first time in 10 races, with only his third Q3 appearance of the year.

    • Mick Schumacher made Q3 for the first time in his career, but matches his best grid slot after starting P10 in Imola after the Sprint.

    • This was the first time Haas have had two cars in Q3 since Brazil 2019.

    • Sebastian Vettel suffered his first ever Q1 elimination at this track.

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    • It is the second time this season that both Aston Martins drop out in Q1.

    • For Fernando Alonso, it was his first Q1 elimination at this track since this qualifying format was adopted – he did start P18 for Minardi back in 2001 under the old format.