Verstappen's Lap Deleted
Max Verstappen's hopes of securing pole position for Sunday's US Grand Prix were dashed after he was penalized for breaking track limits. The Dutch driver appeared to have claimed P1 with his final flying lap on the Austin circuit, but his time was deleted by the stewards for running wide at Turn 19.
Disappointment for Verstappen
Verstappen's aggressive approach ultimately cost him, as his time meant he only qualified in sixth place. The Red Bull driver will have to work his way up the field in the highly competitive race.
Charles Leclerc Takes Pole
In the absence of Verstappen, Charles Leclerc secured his third pole position of the season for Ferrari. The talented driver will lead the pack at the start of the race, hoping to secure a victory for his team.
McLaren Shows Improvement
McLaren's Lando Norris impressed with his performance, qualifying in second place. The team's continued improvements are evident, and Norris expressed his satisfaction with the result, stating, "It was not expected and a good result for the team."
Hamilton and Sainz Secure Top Positions
Lewis Hamilton secured third place in qualifying, while Carlos Sainz will start in fourth position. Hamilton praised the circuit, calling it "beautiful" and "incredibly challenging." However, he acknowledged that his rivals are still slightly ahead.
Verstappen Frustrated by Red Bull Teammate
Verstappen's frustration was compounded by his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, who he felt held him up during the qualifying session. In a heated radio message to the team, Verstappen expressed his displeasure, asking, "What the f*** was that in the last corner?"
Tough Day for American Driver
American driver Logan Sargeant had a difficult afternoon, qualifying in last place in his Williams car. The 22-year-old has faced retirement in the last two races and is now facing uncertainty about his future in the upcoming season.