Max Verstappen has claimed pole position for the United States Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton in second and Sergio Pérez third.
A 40% chance of rain for qualifying prompted the drivers to go out early at the start of Q1, with Stroll questioning his team’s decision to do so. The first representative timed lap was set by Max Verstappen, with a time of 1:34.521. Behind him was his teammate Sergio Pérez by just +0.054s.
The first Mercedes lap was set by Valtteri Bottas, +0.138s behind the top spot. Behind placed his teammate Lewis Hamilton, off by +0.276 from the top spot. Both drivers failed to improve and finished Q1 in 9th and 8th respectively.
Sebastian Vettel had a moment with Nikita Mazepin – the German was surprised to find the Russian on the racing line while on a lap, and he made his frustration clear as he screamed on the radio. The incident was later noted by the Stewards.
Both McLaren cars demonstrated a better performance during the opening stages as they managed to split the Red Bulls, with Ricciardo taking the top spot and Norris fourth. However, they were later on overtaken by Verstappen and Pérez once again, with the fastest time of 1:34.352 being set by the Dutchman.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was the fastest driver in Q1, with a time of 1:34.153.
Q2 began and both Mercedes were the first cars to go out, while the rest of the pack waited a bit longer to do so.
The majority of the field chose to go out with the Medium tires. Red Bull’s Verstappen was the fastest time right away, completing a lap around COTA in 1:33.464s. Lewis Hamilton placed behind him by a gap of +0.333, with Norris behind him.
At the same time, Race Control began deleting lap times due to track limits – including those of Sergio Pérez and Daniel Ricciardo.
Both Alpines were knocked out in Q2 as well as Vettel and Russell who had his lap time deleted. Giovinazzi was also knocked out. Meanwhile, Yuki Tsunoda managed to finish 10th and moved into Q3. The session was topped by Verstappen with a time of 1:33.464s in the mediums, with Hamilton behind by the same gap as before, and Norris third by a gap of +0.416s.
Q3 saw Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time of the session at the early stages, with a time of 1:33.475. However, a charging Max Verstappen managed to steal the top spot by 0.295s – however, great surprise followed as his teammate Sergio Pérez overtook him with a time of 1:33.180s, 0.019s faster than the Dutchman.
In the end, after amazing laps at the end of the session, it was Max Verstappen who took pole position for tomorrow’s Grand Prix, with Hamilton behind and Pérez in third.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:32.910|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||– –|
|3||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||+0.224|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||–|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||–|
|16||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||–|
|18||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||–|