F1: Ferrari Locks Out The Front Row For The Inaugural Miami GP
- Carlos Sainz was 2 tenths up on Leclerc until a mistake in sector 3.
- Verstappen had an oversteer in the final run seeing him abandon the lap.
- Alpha Tauri was the only other twam with both cars in Q3.
Formula 1 has returned to the state of Florida in USA for the first time since the 1959 United States Grand Prix in Sebring, and this time, its on a brand new street circuit in Miami. The surprisingly incident free qualifying saw Charles Leclerc storm to pole position on his final Q3 attempt by almost 2 tenths of a second over teammate Carlos Sainz in P2, and defending World Champion Max Verstappen in P3. Ferrari seemed at a clear advantage at the street circuit, which is filled with fast flowing corners, and it was only in the initial runs in Q3 that the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez appeared to be in contention for pole position.
Charles Leclerc's final lap was enough to fend off challenge from any other driver and earned him pole position. Carlos Sainz was over 2 tenths up on Charles Leclerc's lap through the first 2 sectors, but a mistake in the last sector saw him finish 0.190 seconds behind Leclerc. Verstappen was only 0.005 seconds behind Sainz, as a mistake due to an oversteer saw him abandon his final run in Q3.
Valtteri Bottas silenced his critics with yet another strong performance in qualifying, as he finished 5th, while his teammate was knocked out in Q1. Lewis Hamilton will start in 6th position behind his ex-teammate, as Mercedes' upgrades for this weekend seem to have made the car slightly better, but still considerably off pace from the front runners. His teammate George Russel who has been in great form couldn't manage to make it to Q3, and will start the race in P12.
Alpha Tauri also had a strong showing in qualifying with both their cars making it to Q3, and Pierre Gasly taking P7 ahead of Lando Norris' McLaren in P8. Lance Stroll also put his Aston Martin in Q3, but could only finished 10th, as a small mistake robbed teammate Sebastian Vettel of a Q3 appearance by just over 2 tenths of a second.
With the Red Bull cars being quicker in the straights and Ferraris being quicker in the corners, tomorrow's Miami GP could be anyone's game. The turn 14 has already earned an infamous reputation and could throw a curve ball in the race, as it forced multiple drivers into the wall in the practice sessions, including Esteban Ocon in P3 who couldn't start the qualifying as his car was not ready in time.
2022 Miami GP Qualifying Results
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:29.836||1:29.202||1:28.991|
|4||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:30.055||1:29.673||1:29.036|
|5||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:30.845||1:29.751||1:29.475|
|7||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri RBPT||1:30.779||1:30.128||1:29.690|
|8||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes||1:30.761||1:29.634||1:29.750|
|9||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri RBPT||1:30.485||1:30.031||1:29.932|
|10||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes||1:30.441||1:29.996||1:30.676|
|11||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault||1:30.407||1:30.160||-|
|13||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes||1:30.677||1:30.214||-|
|14||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren Mercedes||1:30.583||1:30.310||-|
|15||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari||1:30.645||1:30.423||-|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:30.975||-||-|
|17||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:31.020||-||-|
|18||Alexander Albon||Williams Mercedes||1:31.266||-||-|
|19||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes||1:31.325||-||-|
|20||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault||DNS||-||-|