F1 Live Blog Qualifying for the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix

F1 LIVE | Q3 LIVE - Verstappen takes Red Bull's 100th Pole!

20 April at 07:00
Last update 20 April at 09:24

After having a taste of qualifying on Friday and taking part in the Sprint Race, the teams and drivers will have the chance to fight for pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. After the Sprint Race, parc fermé will be lifted, and the teams can tweak their cars. Who will be on pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday? You will be updated throughout the session with all the latest news here.

F1 LIVE | Qualifying: Chinese Grand Prix


After the Sprint Race, on Saturday afternoon, the drivers will compete again to set up the grid for the upcoming Grand Prix. Teams will now have experience after competing in a shorter race distance and they already participated in the Sprint Shootout as well. As parc fermé is lifted until qualifying, teams will also have the chance to tweak their cars.

It will be an exciting session, as it is hard to judge how teams fare based on Friday's results, with the added element of updated setups. SQ3 was completed on a wet track, and was won by Lando Norris ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Defending champion Max Verstappen finished in fourth place a day earlier.

The session is expected to last approximately an hour and will begin at 8:00am (GMT) / 9:00am (CET).

The Sprint Race

Anyone thinking Max Verstappen and Red Bull were slightly off the pace this weekend were proved wrong as the Dutchman powered through the field to win the sprint race in China by almost 13 seconds. Once the Red Bull driver took the lead, he opened up a two-second gap immediately and proved no match to the British drivers who started on the front row. Lewis Hamilton, who led a sprint race for the first time, finished second. Sergio Perez rounded out the podium.

Pole-sitter Lando Norris dropped away before leaving the first sequence of corners in the sprint race. After initial battery problems, Verstappen then started his pursuit through the field. He saw off Fernando Alonso easily, and a mistake by Hamilton ensured he could close the gap on the Brit quickly. The Dutchman was lapping around 1.5 seconds per lap faster than any other driver in the field.

Perez rounded out the podium places. The Ferrari drivers engaged in a battle for fourth place, which was won by Charles Leclerc. Norris eventually finished sixth, and Piastri followed his teammate home. Mercedes' aggressive decision paid off with an eighth-place finish for one point. Home favourite Zhou just missed out on a point in ninth place.