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F1 starting grid: Charles Leclerc claims pole in qualifying at the Spanish Grand Prix

Formula One racing is headed to Catalonia for the Spanish Grand Prix. We’ll update qualifying until we’ve got the full racing grid is set Sunday’s race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Alpine F1 A522 Renault on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 20, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

Q3 results: Charles Leclerc claimed the pole position in spite of a mid-stage spinout. Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz will start Sunday’s race in the second and third positions, respectively.

Q2 results: The second stage of qualifying wrapped and Max Verstappen had the fastest lap. Carlos Sainz and George Russell followed him. The five slowest drivers that were eliminated included Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon, Yuki Tsunoda, Pierre Gasly, and Guanyu Zhou. They will start Sunday in positions 11-15, pending any drivers moved to the back of the pack.

Q1 results: The first stage of qualifying wrapped and Charles Leclerc finished with the fastest time. He was followed by Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen. The five slowest drivers that were eliminated included Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll, Alexander Albon, and Nicholas Latifi. They will start Sunday in positions 16-20, pending any drivers moved to the back of the pack.

Formula One racing has arrived in Catalonia, Spain this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix. The race will take place on Sunday at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, getting underway at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN2. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN.

The day prior, qualifying will take place at 10 a.m. also on ESPN 2. The 20 drivers will face off for an hour of racing to establish the fastest time and secure pole position. F1 qualifying is broken up into three stages. The first 20 minutes will eliminate five drivers, and the next 15 minutes will eliminate five more. That will leave the remaining ten competing for pole position in Sunday’s race.

At DraftKings Sportsbook, Max Verstappen has the best odds to win the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix installed at +110. He is barely ahead of Charles Leclerc who has +140 odds. They are followed by Carlos Sainz (+1100), Lewis Hamilton (+1800) and George Russell (+1800).

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

2022 Spanish Grand Prix, starting grid

Pos Driver Car #
Pos Driver Car #
1 Charles Leclerc 16
2 Max Verstappen 1
3 Carlos Sainz, Jr. 55
4 George Russell 63
5 Sergio Pérez 11
6 Lewis Hamilton 44
7 Valtteri Bottas 77
8 Kevin Magnussen 20
9 Daniel Ricciardo 3
10 Mick Schumacher 47
11 Lando Norris 4
12 Esteban Ocon 31
13 Yuki Tsunoda 22
14 Pierre Gasly 10
15 Guanyu Zhou 24
16 Sebastian Vettel 5
17 Fernando Alonso 14
18 Lance Stroll 18
19 Alexander Albon 23
20 Nicholas Latifi 6