F1 starting grid: What is the grid order for the 2023 Brazilian Grand Prix?

Jamie Woodhouse
An overhead view of Interlagos, home of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

A bird's eye view of Interlagos, one of Formula 1's most storied and popular circuits.

The Interlagos storm was not the only winner in Q3, it shared that honour with Max Verstappen who claimed Brazilian GP pole.

The pole battle was shaping up to be a thrilling one, with the McLarens, Mercedes and Ferraris all seemingly in with a shout of challenging Verstappen for that P1 spot on the grid for Sunday’s race.

However, Q3 became a matter of timing, with the radar showing an intense storm rolling towards the circuit.

Max Verstappen defeats Interlagos storm

Verstappen delivered a 1:10.727, a time which could not be matched on the opening runs, which turned out to be the only laps as the rain set in, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc set to join Verstappen on the front row.

Aston Martin needed a confidence boost and certainly got that on Friday, Lance Stroll set to head row two alongside team-mate Fernando Alonso, while it was going to be an all-Mercedes row three, Lewis Hamilton ahead of George Russell, though Russell was later demoted two places for impeding at the pit exit.

McLaren’s Lando Norris then joins Hamilton on row three, with Carlos Sainz, Russell, Sergio Perez and Oscar Piastri completing the top 10.

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Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg will launch from P11 on Sunday, with team-mate Kevin Magnussen alongside him on row six.

It is P13 on the grid for Williams’ Alex Albon, his fastest Q2 time deleted for track limits at Turn 4. He has Alpine’s Esteban Ocon for company, who like Russell, was demoted two grid slots for impeding.

Ocon’s Alpine team-mate Pierre Gasly starts P15, he also suffering the wrath of the stewards in the form of a two-place penalty for impeding. He will have AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda alongside him.

Behind them it is Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri team-mate Daniel Ricciardo at the head of row nine alongside Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas, with Logan Sargeant P19 in the Williams as Zhou Guanyu in the Alfa Romeo completes the grid.

Brazilian Grand Prix grid order

1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
3. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
4. Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin
5. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
6. Lando Norris, McLaren
7. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
8. George Russell, Mercedes*
9. Sergio Perez, Red Bull
10. Oscar Piastri, McLaren
11. Nico Hulkenberg, Haas
12. Kevin Magnussen, Haas
13. Alex Albon, Williams
14. Esteban Ocon, Alpine*
15. Pierre Gasly, Alpine*
16. Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
17. Daniel Ricciardo, AlphaTauri
18. Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
19. Logan Sargeant, Williams
20. Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo

*Grid penalties


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