Charles Leclerc wins exciting battle for pole position in Miami

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During the first qualifying part, it was alternately Red Bull and Ferrari who were fastest. Max Verstappen set a best time but Charles Leclerc went faster in the Ferrari.

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For Lewis Hamilton it was all or nothing at the end of Q1. The seven-time champion had to try to qualify for Q2 in a final attempt, something he eventually succeeded in but it was equally exciting in the Mercedes garage.

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Also in Q2 Mercedes was shaking and trembling but this time it didn’t end well for George Russell. The young Briton was killed in twelfth time, while Lewis Hamilton was able to push through with a seventh time.

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Charles Leclerc set the fastest time but was only a handful of thousandths faster than Max Verstappen. That promised for Q3 when the battle for pole was underway.

In Q3 it was the Ferraris who were the first to try to set a fast lap. Charles Leclerc set a provisional best time with teammate Carlos Sainz who was just 0.016 seconds slower. Max Verstappen, however, set a provisional best time with a time of 1:28.991. The top three riders were only a handful of thousandths apart, promising the second and ultimate attempt at pole position.

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On the ultimate fast run, both Ferraris started their fast laps first. Charles Leclerc was more than two tenths faster than Verstappen and Carlos Sainz was also faster. Max Verstappen made a mistake and that put Leclerc on pole.

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Carlos Sainz turned it into a full red front row while Max Verstappen had to settle for third place.

1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:29.474s 1:29.130s 1:28.796s

2 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:30.079s 1:29.729s 1:28.986s

3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:29.836s 1:29.202s 1:28.991s

4 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1:30.055s 1:29.673s 1:29.036s

5 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:30.845s 1:29.751s 1:29.475s

6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.388s 1:29.797s 1:29.625s

7 Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri 1:30.779s 1:30.128s 1:29.690s

8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:30.761s 1:29.634s 1:29.750s

9 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:30.485s 1:30.031s 1:29.932s

10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:30.441s 1:29.996s 1:30.676s

11 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:30.407s 1:30.160s

12 George Russell Mercedes 1:30.490s 1:30.173s

13 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:30.677s 1:30.214s

14 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:30.583s 1:30.310s

15 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:30.645s 1:30.423s

16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:30.975s

17 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:31.020s

18 Alexander Albon Williams 1:31.266s

19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:31.325s

20 Esteban Ocon Alpine

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