Carlos Sainz had a great lap to take 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 double lead from teammate Charles Leclerc but will be joined at the top by world champion Max Verstappen, who finished third for Red Bull, due to a 10-place grid penalty imposed on Ferrari ranked second for getting new engine parts.
Sergio Perez finished fourth, but with runner-up Red Bull facing a five-place grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate George Russell were promoted to second row after finishing fifth and sixth respectively.
Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll produced an impressive performance as it finished seventh, and will also be promoted two places to start in the third row alongside McLaren’s Lando Norris.
Verstappen claimed a second straight title with a win in Japan two weeks ago, but there’s still plenty to play as Red Bull bids to win the constructors’ championship and Leclerc takes on Perez for second place in the racers competition.
Fernando Alonso made it past the ninth qualifying round but also suffered a five-place penalty, meaning Valtteri Bottas was promoted from 10th to seventh. Bottas’ Alfa Romeo teammate Zhou Guanyu was the fourth driver and ultimately suffered a penalty, sending him down from 14th to 19th.
Leclerc’s dismissal – for getting a new internal combustion engine and turbocharger – reinforced Ferrari’s quest to beat Red Bull by 19 points to prolong the constructors’ championship, but his record Sainz is a driving force for the Italian team.
“It was fun, really fun,” Sainz said. “It was tough today with gusts, strong gusts at every turn and you don’t know what grip you’re going to get or expect, but I managed the lap without making a mistake and the position was great. position for a very long time getting closer a few times but not completely getting there. “I think for tomorrow, Red Bull is still the favorite. Normally they have race pace and they usually put us in the race because Max is doing really well.
“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 race track – 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 tribute to Mateschitz ahead of practice for what proved to be a busy weekend for the team as they continued to deny allegations of “fraud” fraud” of an opponent after being convicted. has exceeded F1’s cost cap for the 2021 season.
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