Verstappen takes pole in USA – .

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Verstappen takes pole in USA – .


Red Bull’s Verstappen will start ahead of Hamilton (Mercedes) and teammate Sergio Perez after the hour-long qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 ahead of the top penalty shootout. 10 of Q3.

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What happened in the first trimester?

Verstappen set the initial bar at 1m34.521s, 0.054s faster than Perez, the two Red Bulls ahead of the Mercedes duo. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo then beat everyone with a lap of 1m34.407, before Verstappen reclaimed 1st place in a second run at 1m34.352 and Perez nearly matched him again, 0.017s slower. this time.

In his last lap, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc clinched the P1 in 1m34.153s, beating both the Red Bulls and McLarens. Mercedes cars came down in eighth and ninth, despite the fact that they were again running on soft rubbed tires.

The Aston Martin of Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi (Williams), the Alfa Romeo of Kimi Raikkonen and the Haases of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin fell at the first obstacle.

Q1 United States Grand Prix results: Verstappen’s fastest Leclerc

What happened in the second trimester?

Verstappen set the Q2 bar at 1m33.464s in his solo race, a third of a second ahead of Hamilton at 1m33.797s, as most of the leaders used the medium tires to ensure they will start on this compound.

Norris finished third, ahead of Ferrari’s Leclerc, Bottas and Carlos Sainz (using the soft tire) – while Perez and Ricciardo lost laps for going over the limits of the track at turns 19 and 9 respectively and had to restart, all two qualifying for Q3.

At this point, Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Fernando Alonso (Alpine, who gave Ocon a big tow in the back straight) and George Russell (Williams, whose 13e– the fastest lap has been deleted for the track limits). Vettel, Alonso and Russell will start at the back of the grid due to engine penalties.

Q2 United States Grand Prix results: Hamilton’s fastest Verstappen

What happened in the third trimester?

On the first runs, Hamilton beat 1m33.564s by Bottas by 0.089s in 1m33.475s. Verstappen then unleashed 1.33.199s to take P1, but Perez snatched 0.019s from him in 1.33.180s for provisional pole.

On the last descents Hamilton dominated the intermediate section to take P1 with 1m33.119 but Verstappen was not refused and produced 1m32.910s for pole position by two tenths of a second – despite spots of drizzle towards the end of his knees.

Perez finished third, ahead of Bottas (who will lose five places due to a grid penalty), Leclerc, Sainz, Ricciardo, Lando Norris (McLaren) and the AlphaTauris of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda.

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Q3 United States Grand Prix results: Verstappen takes pole

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