Leclerc takes F1 pole for U.S. Grand Prix after Verstappen loses time to track limits

AUSTIN, TX — Charles Leclerc will start Sunday’s Formula One United States Grand Prix from pole position after Max Verstappen’s fastest time was deleted for breaching track limits. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Leclerc topped qualifying for Ferrari at the Circuit of The Americas by 0.130 seconds ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris, who will start second on the grid.
  • World champion Verstappen set a lap that was 0.005 seconds faster than Leclerc’s pole time, but went outside of track limits at the final corner.
  • It meant Verstappen’s lap time was deleted, dropping him to sixth place on the grid for Red Bull.

Provisional United States GP qualifying results

  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 Pérez (Red Bull)
  10. Oscar Piastri (McLaren)
  11. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
  12. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
  13. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
  14. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
  15. Daniel Ricciardo (AlphaTauri)
  16. Nico Hülkenberg (Haas)
  17. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin)
  18. Alex Albon (Williams)
  19. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  20. Logan Sargeant (Williams)

(Photo: Clive Mason – Formula 1 / Formula 1 via Getty Images)

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