Sainz will start up front Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) after an hour-long qualifying session, which is split into three segments, each pitting five cars in Q1 and Q2 before a top 10 Q3 shootout.

Sainz’s partner Charles Leclerc was second fastest in the third quarter but has a 10-place grid penalty. Red Bull Sergio Perez was fourth fastest, but has five grid places, all of which put Hamilton up two points.

US Grand Prix Qualifying Results: Sainz on top of Verstappen

Cla No Driver Car / engine Time Delay
1 55 Carlos Sainz the youngest Ferrari 1’34,356
2 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’34,448 0.092 0.098
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’34,947 0.591 0.626
4 63 George Russell Mercedes 1’34,988 0.632 0.670
5 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’35,598 1,242 1,316
6 4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1’35,690 1,334 1,414
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1’36.319 1,963 2,080
8 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1’34,645 0.289 0.306
Penalty for 5 seats, used an additional element of the power unit
9 23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1’36,368 2,012 2,132
10 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’36.398 2,042 2,164
11 10 Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri/ Red Bull 1’36,740 2,384 2,527
12 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’34.421 0.065 0.069
A penalty of 10 places, additional elements of the power unit were used
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Red Bull 1’37.147 2,791 2,958
14 14 Fernando Alonso alpine/ Renault 1’35,876 1,520 1,611
Penalty for 5 seats, used an additional element of the power unit
15 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1’36,949 2,593 2,748
16 3 Daniel Ricardo McLaren/Mercedes 1’37,046 2,690 2,851
17 31 Esteban Ocan Alpine/Renault 1’37,068 2,712 2,874
18 47 Mick Schumacher Haas/Ferrari 1’37.111 2,755 2,920
19 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1’36,970 2,614 2,770
Penalty for 5 seats, used an additional element of the power unit
20 6 Nikolai Latifi Williams/Mercedes 1’37.244 2,888 3,061

What happened at the US Grand Prix Q1?

Leclerc set an early pace of 1m35.795s, 0.069s ahead of Verstappen. Sainz then beat them all with a lap of 1m35.297s, helped by running a bit later. His time was almost half a second ahead of his teammate.

At the first barrier, Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Mick Schumacher (who spun his Haas coming out of the first turn) and Nicolas Latifi (Williams) crashed.

United States Grand Prix Q1 results: Sainz fastest from Leclerc

What happened at the US Grand Prix Q2?

Verstappen set the bar at 1m35.294s, but Leclerc beat him by 0.048s at 1m35.246s to lead the session.

The knockouts at this point were extremely impressive Alex Albon (Williams), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri, who was furious with his car braking on the hairpins), Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo, who had his Q3 lap removed for exceeding track limits and took 5- e place penalty for net in any case) and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri).

United States Grand Prix Q2 results: Leclerc fastest of Verstappen

What happened at the Q3 United States Grand Prix?

In the first heats, Verstappen’s first gambit was 1m35.044s, but Leclerc clocked 1m34.624s to take 1st place, with Sainz 0.159s behind him. Hamilton moved up to third, ahead of Verstappen in tenth.

In the final heats, Leclerc improved his fastest time to 1m34.421s, but Sainz beat him with a time of 1m34.356s, which was good enough for pole.

Verstappen finished third with a time of 1m34.448s, ahead of Perez (who has five grid places).

The Mercedes duo of Hamilton and George Russell were fifth and sixth fastest, ahead of Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Land Norris (McLaren), Fernando Alonso (Alpine, who has five grid places) and Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo). .

United States Grand Prix Q3 results: Sainz takes pole

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