Verstappen snatches pole from Lewis Hamilton in US GP.

Max Vestrappen takes pole at the US GP

US GP: Max Verstappen will start the US GP at pole position as he finished with the fastest time on the board in Q3. Lewis Hamilton was the second fastest and would share for the 7th time the front row seat with Max. Sergio Perez finished third fastest despite having the provisional pole during the first time around.

Max Verstappen takes pole.
Max Verstappen takes pole.

Qualifying 1: US GP

Q1 was a nightmare for the Mercedes as the Redbull edged them out with Leclerc being the fastest. Both the Mercedes couldn’t find the pace they wanted and could just finish 8th and 9th.

Both Red Bulls did cool down laps before going again, with Verstappen pumping in the quickest time, 0.017s ahead of Perez, who has kept his teammate honest all weekend.

At the other end of the classification, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were in the drop zone. Alonso got himself out with his final lap, and that demoted Lance Stroll, who had a lap deleted earlier in the session and could not react.

He was joined in the drop zone by Nicholas Latifi, Raikkonen, Mick Schumacher, and Nikita Mazepin – with Antonio Giovinazzi surviving a spin on his final lap to become the only Alfa Romeo to progress into the next segment of qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton takes p2.
Lewis Hamilton takes p2.

Qualifying 2: medium tyres Verstappen fastest.

Medium tyres were the favorites for Q2 as the team wouldn’t want to start the race in soft tyres. Max Verstappen was the fastest of all with a crackling lap time.

He was the quickest, 0.333s ahead of Hamilton. And Norris, Bottas, Leclerc and Sainz competeing for top 6.

They went again, with Perez slotting into seventh and Ricciardo ninth, pushing Tsunoda into the drop zone. but the Japanese driver was already on a lap that looked strong, and he squeaked into the final segment of qualifying for the second straight race in 10th.

that left Esteban Ocon – who had a tow from Alonso – out in 11th, with Vettel completing just one run to end up 12th. he’ll be heading to the back of the grid, though, courtesy of a suite of penalties for engine component changes.

Giovinazzo was 13th, ahead of Alonso – who like Vettel will start from the back because of engine penalties – and Russell, who had his final lap deleted for exceeding track limits.

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Qualifying 3: Verstappen takes pole at last lap.

It was a heart-stopping battle between Hamilton and Verstappen in Q3. Both the Mercedes decided to go for the timing at the Beginning of Q3, with Hamilton setting the time and being the provisional pole till Max Verstappen finished the lap set the fastest time on the board. But Sergio Perez on the still on Verstappen’s nerve sat on the provisional pole after the commencement of the first lap.

Hamilton managed to find the pace when went for the second time and was faster than Sergio’s lap timings. Verstappen seized his opportunity to take his fourth pole position in six races, ninth of the season and Red Bull’s first front row start in Austin since 2013, with his title rival lining up alongside him in second for the seventh time this season.

Perez secured only his third top-three start of 2021, having missed out on the front row by just 0.015s, with Leclerc securing back-to-back top four starts courtesy of his promotion following Bottas’ penalty.

With Sainz promoted to fifth, Ferrari will have two cars in the top five on the grid for the first time since Baku, 11 races ago. 

Watch the US GP qualifying highlights as Max Verstappen takes pole.

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