Carlos Sainz produced a great lap to pole position at the United States Grand Prix as Ferrari overcame Red Bull in qualifying at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas.
Sainz took a one-two lead from teammate Charles Leclerc, but will be joined on top by world champion Max Verstappen, who finished third for Red Bull, as a 10-place grid penalty applies to the Ferrari second because get new car engine parts.
Sergio Perez is fourth, but with second Red Bull facing a five-place grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate George Russell are promoted to second after finishing fifth and sixth respectively. .
Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll put in an impressive performance to finish seventh, and will also be promoted two places to start in third alongside McLaren’s Lando Norris.
Fernando Alonso made it past the ninth qualifying round, but also faces a five-place penalty, meaning Valtteri Bottas is promoted from 10th to seventh. Bottas Alfa Romeo teammate Zhou Guanyu was the fourth and final driver to face a penalty, sending him down from 14th to 19th.
Verstappen clinched his second straight title with a win in Japan two weeks ago, but there’s still plenty to play as Red Bull tries to win the constructors’ championship and Leclerc takes on Perez for the title. second place in the racers competition.
Leclerc’s dismissal – for using an internal combustion engine and a new turbocharger – stoked Ferrari’s quest to beat Red Bull by 19 points to extend the constructors’ championship, but Sainz’s extreme point bring encouragement to the Italian team.
“It was fun, it was fun,” Sainz said. “It was tough today with gusts, gusts at every corner and you don’t know how much grip you’ll get or what to expect but I managed to do a good lap without making mistakes and position. The pillar position is a long time coming after a few times to get close but not completely get there.
“I think for tomorrow, Red Bull is still the favorite. They are usually race paced and they usually put us in the race because Max did a great job.
“But we’ll do everything we can tomorrow to keep leading and win the race, which will be a great way to start these last four races.”
There was a gloomy mood in the Red Bull garage – and the rest of the F1 racetrack – after news broke shortly before qualifying that team founder and owner Dietrich Mateschitz had passed away aged 78 .
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner held back tears as he paid a tribute to Mateschitz before practice, on what proved to be a turbulent weekend for the team as they continued to cover received allegations of “cheating” from rivals after it was found to have breached F1’s cost cap for the 2021 season.
While there was a tense atmosphere in Austin with other teams calling for strong punishment as the FIA continued to weigh in, Mateschitz’s passing brought unity as tributes poured in from all sides. corner of the training ground.
US GP qualifying results
1) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
2) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari *
3) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
4) Sergio Perez, Red Bull *
5) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
6) George Russell, Mercedes
7) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
8) Lando Norris, McLaren
9) Fernando Alonso, Alpine *
10) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
* Grid penalty for getting new engine parts
Sainz wins after frantic trading
A dramatic knockout in Texas kicked off with two surprise Q1 exits, as Esteban Ocon finished 18th after failing to maintain the steady pace Alpine showed throughout the weekend.
Another headline name that must be overlooked is Daniel Ricciardo, as the outgoing McLaren driver’s miserable season continues with his third Q1 exit in the last five races.
Mick Schumacher was unable to raise hopes of staying in F1 with Haas next season, as a swing ruined his final lap and left him 19th.
The most impressive performance in Q1 came from Alex Albon, who delivered a late surge to promotion to Williams, and showed stronger pace in Q2 to finish in 11th.
There appeared to be more disappointment for McLaren in Q2 as Norris initially showed in 11th – and out – on the timesheet, but Brit was vindicated when Zhou saw his run time erased. for exceeding the track limit.
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, who will drive for Alpine next season, was more than disappointed when he complained about his car over the radio before finishing in 13th place.
Meanwhile, Sainz topped Q1 and Leclerc Q2, with Verstappen trailing close behind on both occasions, setting up a gripping finale.
Despite losing pole hope because of the penalty, Leclerc maintained his advantage in the first runs of Q3 to take the lead over Sainz, while Hamilton impressed to get past the Red Bulls in position. Tuesday.
That all changed in the second and final runs, however, when Sainz turned the tide on Leclerc by scoring his third goal of the season at 1:34,356, with Leclerc just 0.065 seconds or so again.
Verstappen improved on his final lap to take third place, while Perez also overtook Hamilton as the seven-time world champion failed to catch the crucial lap.
Hamilton admitted then was frustrated when Mercedes continued to slow down despite bringing significant upgrades to the track he has excelled at in the past.
“I’ve been feeling very optimistic all weekend,” Hamilton said.
“The setup is very good, everyone at the factory has worked really hard to deliver an upgrade and I very much hope we will be a lot closer than we are now.
US GP Qualifier Timesheet
|1) Carlos Sainz||Ferrari||1: 34.356|
|2) Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||+0.065|
|3) Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+0.092|
|4) Sergio Perez||Red Bull||+0.289|
|5) Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+0.591|
|6) George Russell||Mercedes||+0.632|
|7) Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+1.242|
|8) Lando Norris||McLaren||+1.334|
|9) Fernando Alonso||Alpine||+1,520|
|10) Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||+1,963|
|Released in Q2|
|11) Alex Albon||Williams||1: 36.368|
|12) Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||1: 36.398|
|13) Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri||1: 36.740|
|14) Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo||1: 36,970|
|15) Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||1: 37.147|
|Out in Q1|
|16) Kevin Magnussen||Haas||1: 36.949|
|17) Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren||1: 37.046|
|18) Esteban Ocon||Alpine||1: 37.068|
|19) Mick Schumacher||Haas||1: 37.111|
|20) Nicholas Latifi||Williams||1: 37.244|