United States GP: Verstappen takes pole in Austin from Hamilton

For the first time in the turbo-hybrid era, a non-Mercedes car will start on pole in Austin as Max Verstappen got the better of Lewis Hamilton.

There was frustration from Sebastian Vettel on his first Q1 run as he was hindered by Nikita Mazepin who got in the way of the Aston Martin.

The only yellow flag in Q1 came at the end at Antonio Giovinazzi had a spin coming out of Turn 1.

Fortunately for the Italian he made it through to Q2, but Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi missed out in 16th and 17th.

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Kimi Raikkonen’s qualifying struggles continue as he could only manage 18th ahead of the two Haas cars of Mick Schumacher and Mazepin.

In Q2 it was a nervous end for both Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo who both had to have another go at putting a time in after their first runs were deleted.

By the end of the session it was Esteban Ocon who was in 11th ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Giovinazzi.

Alpine would have been hoping for Ocon to break into the top-10 as Fernando Alonso ended Q2 14th, not setting a competitive time in pursuit to give his teammate a slipstream draft.

This was because the two-time champion was set to take a grid penalty for a new power unit and will start 19th tomorrow.

George Russell’s first and only lap was deleted, dropping the Williams to 15th. He will also take a penalty to start at the back behind Alonso.

Perez then put his Red Bull on provisional pole at the start of Q3 before Verstappen went on to take pole at the end ahead of Hamilton.

Perez makes it a Red Bull 1-3 tomorrow, Valtteri Bottas ended qualifying fourth but will take an engine penalty.

The two Ferrari’s got the better of rivals McLaren as Charles Leclerc ended fifth ahead of Carlos Sainz, Ricciardo and Lando Norris.

Pierre Gasly crossed the line to go ninth ahead of teammate Yuki Tsunoda who rounded off the top-10.