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Charles Leclerc takes pole position for the United States Grand Prix following a dramatic qualifying session that saw Max Verstappen end up sixth after his lap time was deleted

Charles Leclerc takes pole position for the United States Grand Prix following a dramatic qualifying session that saw Max Verstappen end up sixth after his lap time was deleted

Charles Leclerc beat Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton to a thrilling United States Grand Prix pole as an error left world champion Max Verstappen starting from sixth.

In a wide-open contest, Verstappen momentarily held pole position before he lost what was the fastest lap time of the session for exceeding track limits at the penultimate corner.

With Verstappen’s time deleted, Ferrari’s Leclerc regained pole, edging out Norris and Hamilton by little more than a tenth of a second to seal his third pole position of the season – the most by any driver other than Verstappen.

Hamilton will be disappointed at failing to produce his best lap at the key moment, but the seven-time world champion is set to have a strong chance of ending his near-two-year winless streak with Mercedes appearing to have benefitted from a final major upgrade of the season.

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Verstappen was heard venting on the radio after losing grip from turbulent air caught behind team-mate Sergio Perez during Q3 of the United States Grand Prix

Verstappen was heard venting on the radio after losing grip from turbulent air caught behind team-mate Sergio Perez during Q3 of the United States Grand Prix

In contrast, Norris had not looked quite quick enough to be part of the pole battle, but delivered his best lap at the opportune moment to sneak ahead of Hamilton.

Leclerc’s Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz took fourth, while George Russell overcame a challenging session to take fifth for Mercedes.

Alpine duo Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon were seventh and eighth behind Verstappen, whose team-mate Sergio Perez was ninth ahead of McLaren’s Oscar Piastri.

More to follow…

Qatar GP Qualifying result
1) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
2) Lando Norris, McLaren
3) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
5) George Russell, Mercedes
6) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
7) Pierre Gasly, Alpine
8) Esteban Ocon, Alpine
9) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
10) Oscar Piastri, McLaren

United States GP Qualifying timesheet

Driver
Team
Time

1. Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:34.723

2. Oscar Piastri
McLaren
+0.130

3. Lando Norris
McLaren
+0.139

4. Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
+0.222

5. Sergio Perez
Red Bull
+0.356

6. Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
+0.358

7. Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
+0.366

8. George Russell
Mercedes
+0.431

12. Pierre Gasly
Alpine
+0.450

14. Esteban Ocon
Alpine
+0.744

Out in Q2

11. Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:35.697

12. Zhou Guanyu
Alfa Romeo
1:35.698

13. Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo
1:35.858

14. Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:35.880

15. Daniel Ricciardo
AlphaTauri
1:35.974

Out in Q1

16. Nico Hulkenberg
Haas
1:36.235

17. Fernando Alonso
Aston Martin
1:36.268

18. Alex Albon
Williams
1:36.315

19. Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:36.589

20. Logan Sargeant
Williams
1:36.827

When to watch the US GP and F1 Academy finale live only on Sky Sports F1

Saturday October 21

3.30pm: F1 Academy Race One
6pm: US GP Sprint Shootout build-up
6:30pm: US GP Sprint Shootout
9.15pm: F1 Academy Race Two
10pm: US GP Sprint build-up
11pm: US GP SPRINT (also on Sky Sports Main Event)
(Sunday) 12.30am: Ted’s Sprint Notebook

Sunday October 22

3.30pm: F1 Academy Race Three
6.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday: US GP build-up
8pm: THE UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (also on Sky Sports Main Event)
10pm: Chequered Flag: US GP reaction
11pm: Ted’s Notebook

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