Qualifying Report – First and first

Red Bull Honda driver Max Verstappen earned his first pole of the 2020 season, and in doing so he became the first non-Mercedes-powered driver to qualify on pole in the 17-race season. Bottas clocked a 1:35.699 to take an early lead ahead of Perez, Albon and Stroll. Meanwhile, Verstappen had moved up to second ahead of Perez, Albon, Stroll, Sainz, Leclerc and Hamilton. The fastest 15 drivers who moved on to Q2 were: Hamilton, Bottas, Leclerc, Verstappen, Perez, Albon, Kvyat, Stroll, Sainz, Gasly, Vettel, Ricciardo, Ocon and Giovinazzi. Hamilton, Bottas, Leclerc, Ocon, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Leclerc, Albon and Sainz headed out on the medium compound Pirelli tires. Norris took third ahead of Sainz, Verstappen, Gasly, Leclerc, Kvyat, Stroll and Vettel. The fastest 10 drivers who moved on to Q3 were: Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Albon, Norris, Leclerc, Stroll, Sainz, Kvyat and Gasly. Hamilton did a 1:35.550, but Bottas with his 1:35.415 and Verstappen with his 1:35.519 moved into first and second. Bottas clocked a 1:35.271, but Verstappen’s 1:35.246 put him on pole. The top 10 qualifiers were: Verstappen, Bottas, Hamilton, Norris, Albon, Sainz, Kvyat, Stroll, Leclerc and Gasly.nc.

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