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F1 starting grid 2023: Charles Leclerc claims pole position for Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Formula One racing is headed to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. We’ll update qualifying until we’ve got the full racing grid is set for Sunday’s race at Baku City Circuit.

A general view of the circuit prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on April 27, 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Q3 results: The starting grid is set for Sunday and Charles Leclerc has claimed pole position. He had the fastest qualifying time in the first round of qualifying and claimed it again in the final round. Max Verstappen will join him on the front row. He had the fastest time in the second round of qualifying, but could not match it in the final round. The full starting grid is listed below.

Q2 results: Max Verstappen claimed the fastest time in the second round of qualifying. The five slowest drivers in this round were George Russell, Esteban Ocon, Alex Albon, Valtteri Bottas, and Logan Sargeant. They will start in P11-15 on Sunday.

Q1 results: The first round of qualifying wrapped and Charles Leclerc ran the fastest lap, finishing just ahead of Max Verstappen. The five slowest drivers were Zhou Guanyu, Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen, Pierre Gasly, and Nyck De Vries. They will start at the back of the pack in the final five positions on Sunday.

Formula One racing has arrived in Baku this weekend for the 2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The race will take place on Sunday at Baku City Circuit and will be preceded by a new Friday qualifying event. The Friday event will air at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and we’ll be providing live updates as the grid is set for Sunday’s race.

Qualifying normally takes place on Saturday, but this year, it was moved to Friday. Saturday will feature a sprint race and a sprint race shootout (which will determine the sprint race starting grid). Friday’s qualifying will be traditional in nature with an 18-minute first sessions, a 15-minute second session, and a 12-minute third session. Five drivers will be eliminated in the first session, five more in the second, and the top ten will be settled in the final session.

Max Verstappen is the favorite across the board at DraftKings Sportsbook with -280 odds to win the race and -300 odds to finish as the fastest qualifier.

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

2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix starting grid

Pos Driver Car #
Pos Driver Car #
1 Charles Leclerc 16
2 Max Verstappen 1
3 Sergio Perez 11
4 Carlos Sainz 55
5 Lewis Hamilton 44
6 Fernando Alonso 14
7 Lando Norris 4
8 Yuki Tsunoda 22
9 Lance Stroll 18
10 Oscar Piastri 81
11 George Russell 63
12 Esteban Ocon 31
13 Alex Albon 23
14 Valtteri Bottas 77
15 Logan Sargeant 2
16 Zhou Guanyu 24
17 Nico Hulkenberg 27
18 Kevin Magnussen 20
19 Pierre Gasly 10
20 Nyck De Vries 21