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Formula 1

Sainz on pole but penalty prevents all-Ferrari front row

by Matt Beer
3 min read

Carlos Sainz claimed his third pole of the 2022 Formula 1 season at the United States Grand Prix, with only a 10-place penalty for Charles Leclerc denying Ferrari a front-row sweep.

Leclerc had been the quicker of the pair after the first Q3 runs, then improved on that time only for Sainz to pip him by 0.065 seconds with a 1m34.356s.

World champion Max Verstappen was only fourth at first in Q3, behind Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.

He looked on course for pole on his next attempt but lost time in the final sector and ended up third, albeit just 0.092s off pole.

Leclerc’s penalty for new engine components will move Verstappen’s Red Bull onto the front row with Sainz.

Hamilton was only fifth in the end, but penalties for Leclerc and fourth-fastest Sergio Perez turn that into third, with Mercedes team-mate George Russell alongside him.

Aston Martin also benefits from the penalties, Lance Stroll moving up from seventh to fifth on the grid. His team-mate Sebastian Vettel was knocked out of the top 10 late in Q2 but is set to end up 10th when penalties take effect.

Lando Norris’s McLaren and Valtteri Bottas’s Alfa Romeo are set to be promoted to sixth and seventh.

Bottas’s team-mate Zhou Guanyu had laps deleted for track limits offences in both Q1 and Q2, the second of those denying him a Q3 spot and handing that to Norris instead. Zhou had a five-place penalty coming anyway so is set to start 19th.

Fernando Alonso is currently the other penalised driver. He qualified ninth, while Alpine team-mate Esteban Ocon was a shock Q1 departure in 18th, and will drop to 14th.

On the day Logan Sargeant was announced as his 2023 Williams team-mate, superlicence permitting, Alex Albon achieved his second-best qualifying of 2022 with what will be eighth place after the penalties. His current team-mate Nicholas Latifi starts last.

Daniel Ricciardo had hinted earlier in the weekend that he was getting on better with the upgraded McLaren, but an error on his final Q1 lap left him 17th in qualifying.

Haas had a disappointing qualifying at its home race weekend. Kevin Magnussen was only 16th and Q1 spinner Mick Schumacher 19th.

Race Results

Pos Name Car Laps Laps Led Total Time Fastest Lap Pitstops Pts
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 56 40 1h42m11.687s 1m39.541s 2 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 9 +5.023s 1m39.83s 2 18
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 56 1 +7.501s 1m39.731s 2 15
4 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 56 4 +8.293s 1m39.563s 2 12
5 George Russell Mercedes 56 0 +44.815s 1m38.788s 3 11
6 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 56 0 +53.785s 1m41.322s 2 8
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 56 0 +55.078s 1m41.804s 2 6
8 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 56 2 +1m05.354s 1m41.538s 2 4
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 56 0 +1m05.834s 1m42.546s 1 2
10 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Red Bull 56 0 +1m10.919s 1m42.206s 2 1
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 56 0 +1m12.875s 1m41.243s 2 0
12 Alex Albon Williams-Mercedes 56 0 +1m15.057s 1m42.471s 2 0
13 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 56 0 +1m16.164s 1m42.394s 2 0
14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Red Bull 56 0 +1m21.763s 1m41.674s 2 0
15 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 56 0 +1m24.49s 1m42.32s 2 0
16 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 56 0 +1m30.487s 1m42.42s 2 0
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 56 0 +1m43.588s 1m43.485s 2 0
Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 21 0 DNF 1m43.08s 1 0
Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 16 0 DNF 1m43.391s 1 0
Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1 0 DNF 0s 1 0
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