Charles Leclerc secured pole position in Las Vegas, with Carlos Sainz in second and Max Verstappen in third, while George Russell finished in fourth place, and both Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez were eliminated in Q2.
– Charles Leclerc won qualifying in Las Vegas at the inaugural GP weekend
– Charles Leclerc will start from pole position on Saturday evening in Las Vegas
– George Russell brought home his Mercedes in P4
– The second session finished without any incidents
The Las Vegas Grand Prix qualifying was an action-packed race for audiences, with Charles Leclerc emerging victoriously. The Ferrari driver secured his third victory in qualifying and fourth pole position this season with an impressive 1:32.726 lap time. Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen rounded off the top three positions, promising an exciting race for the main event.
Leclerc’s shining moment on the track solidified his career standing, adding to his impressive 23 pole position starts. However, teammate Carlos Sainz finished closely behind him despite facing a 10-place grid penalty due to a car repair following an incident during FP1. Ultimately, Max Verstappen trailed behind the two Ferraris with a third-place finish, setting the stage for an intense race ahead.
George Russell delivered an impressive performance, securing a fourth-place finish in his Mercedes, followed by Pierre Gasly and the two Williams drivers, Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant. Even with challenges and obstacles, drivers like Valtteri Bottas and Fernando Alonso showcased their resilience and determination with noteworthy eighth and tenth-place finishes, respectively.
Throughout the exciting qualifying event, Q2 showcased Leclerc’s dominance, significantly outpacing his teammates and competitors. However, the second session also saw the unexpected elimination of Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez, creating a fiercely competitive atmosphere leading into the main race.
The first session, Q1, unveiled a series of intense moments, including Sergio Perez impeding Norris and Lance Stroll improving to eliminate Lando Norris. Yuki Tsunoda, Guanyu Zhou, and Esteban Ocon also faced disappointments as they did not qualify for Q2, all setting the stage for an exhilarating and unpredictable Las Vegas Grand Prix.