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Verstappen Secures Red Bull’s 100th F1 Pole Position



Verstappen takes Red Bull to 100th F1 pole position

Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing secured the team’s 100th pole position in Formula One after winning the season’s first sprint and dominating qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. This marks Verstappen’s fifth pole in five races this season and his sixth in a row, including last year’s Abu Dhabi finale.

Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, qualified in second place, making it a front-row lockout for Red Bull. This achievement comes 15 years after the team’s first win at the Shanghai International Circuit with Sebastian Vettel.

The Dutch driver’s pole time was 0.322 seconds faster than Perez, with Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Lando Norris sharing the second row. Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes had a disappointing qualifying session and will start from 18th on the grid.

Verstappen expressed satisfaction with the performance of his car, especially after the morning sprint race, where he beat Hamilton by a significant margin. He attributed the success in qualifying to improvements made to the car based on insights gained from the sprint race.

Despite starting the race from pole position, Verstappen remains cautious about the competition, as he recognizes the strong pace of the Red Bull this weekend. Other drivers like Norris, Alonso, and the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will be aiming to challenge him during the race.

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