F1 starting grid: What is the grid order for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix sprint?

Henry Valantine
Charles Leclerc celebrates pole. Baku April 2023.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc celebrate taking pole position in qualifying. Azerbaijan April 2023.

The F1 starting grid has now been set following the sport’s first ever Sprint Shootout on Saturday, with Charles Leclerc having taken pole for the sprint on Saturday afternoon.

The Ferrari driver followed up his form from qualifying on Friday and once again beat the Red Bull drivers to the front of the grid, this time pipping Sergio Perez to P1, with Max Verstappen rounding out the top three in the first of Saturday’s sessions.

George Russell put his Mercedes fourth on the grid for the sprint, and Carlos Sainz in the second Ferrari finished off the top five.

Meanwhile Esteban Ocon will start from the pit lane after Alpine took his car out of parc ferme conditions to work on an undisclosed problem, while Logan Sargeant was withdrawn after his heavy crash at the end of SQ1.

Points are available for the top eight finishers in the shortened 17-lap dash around the Baku City Circuit later on Saturday, with the F1 starting grid having already been set for Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Provisional F1 starting grid: Azerbaijan GP sprint

1 Charles LECLERC Ferrari 1:41.697
2 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing +0.147
3 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +0.290
4 George RUSSELL Mercedes +0.555
5 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari +0.590
6 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.805
7 Alexander ALBON Williams +1.149
8 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin +1.313
9 Lance STROLL Aston Martin +1.367
10 Lando NORRIS McLaren NO TIME
11 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren 1:43.427
12 Nico HULKENBERG Haas F1 Team +0.379
13 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team +0.905
14 Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo 1:45.177
15 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo +0.175
16 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri +0.259
17 Pierre GASLY Alpine +1.774
18 Nyck DE VRIES AlphaTauri +3.003
Pit lane Esteban OCON Alpine