A Dramatic Qualifying Session at the Race
A 15-minute delay to the start of qualifying, owed to clearing the track of debris, meant Q3 ran late. That allowed for a storm to arrive in the closing stages of the shootout.
As a result, Q3 was ultimately red-flagged with four minutes to run when the thunder and lightning hit.
Max Verstappen therefore bagged pole for the Sunday race with a 1min10.727s flying lap set early in the session. The Red Bull Racing driver showcased his skill and speed, putting him in prime position for the upcoming race.