Charles Leclerc

F1: Leclerc wins pole for 2023 USGP

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Before a big crowd for a Friday at Circuit of Americas, Charles Leclerc turned a lap of 1m34.723s to win the pole for Sunday’s 2023 USGP.

Max Verstappen was fastest but had his lap deleted for going wide in Turn 19 and dropped to 6th position, while Leclerc gave Ferrari the pole for the 2nd year in a row.

Verstappen’s last lap would have been good enough for pole to the tune of five thousandths of a second. But he ran wide and lost the time.

“As a team, we did a great job, said Leclerc.

“We had a good, clean FP1 and started with a strong base. I was happy throughout qualifying, the last lap there were a few mistakes here and there, but really happy overall. I love this track, I love this vibe so it is great to be here.”

Lando Norris will start 2nd for McLaren, 0.130s behind the Ferrari.

“I’m happy, it’s been a good day,” said Norris.

“Probably not expected, so a good bonus for the whole team. I think we had it today, there was enough in it to get pole so it’s a bit of a shame – another opportunity missed again. We’re in a good position, it will be difficult to get [Leclerc] off the line but I’ll go for it.”

Lewis Hamilton will start 3rd in the upgraded Mercedes, 0.139s back in what was a very close qualifying.

“This circuit is just incredible, it’s one of my favorites,” said Hamilton.

“It’s bumpy, incredibly challenging. We’ve improved our car and we have taken a bit of a step closer to these guys, they are still a bit ahead so we’ll give it another go tomorrow.”

Louis Hamilton 2023 United States Grand Prix - Jiri Krenek
Louis Hamilton 2023 United States Grand Prix – Jiri Krenek

Last year’s pole winner, Carlos Sainz Jr. , was 4th fastest, 0.22s behind.

Carlos Sainz Jr. will start 4th on Sunday
Carlos Sainz Jr. will start 4th on Sunday

George Russell, who had his first lap deleted in Q3, was 5th best on his 2nd run, 0.356s behind.

Verstappen will have a chance to make up for that mistake tomorrow in the Shootout, which is the next session on track. But he will have a difficult time of it come Sunday, with plenty of quality drivers to pick off if he wants a third straight US Grand Prix victory.

Qualifying Results

1 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m36.061s 1m35.004s 1m34.723s
2 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m35.110s 1m35.441s 1m34.853s
3 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m35.091s 1m35.240s 1m34.862s
4 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m35.824s 1m35.302s 1m34.945s
5 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m36.165s 1m35.606s 1m35.079s
6 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m35.346s 1m35.008s 1m35.081s
7 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m36.158s 1m35.496s 1m35.089s
8 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m36.131s 1m35.413s 1m35.154s
9 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Bull Racing 1m35.989s 1m35.679s 1m35.173s
10 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m36.064s 1m35.576s 1m35.467s
11 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m35.913s 1m35.697s
12 Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake 1m36.052s 1m35.698s  –
13 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake 1m36.082s 1m35.858s  –
14 Kevin Magnussen DEN MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m36.009s 1m35.880s  –
15 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m36.213s 1m35.974s  –
16 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m36.235s  –
17 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m36.268s  –  –
18 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m36.315s  –  –
19 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m36.589s  –  –
20 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing 1m36.827s  –  –
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