Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Sunday October 23, 2022 at 08:04
Carlos Sainz Jr will start from pole position in the United States Grand Prix this Sunday in Austin, ahead of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez, authors of the second and fourth qualifying times respectively, will start from further away due to penalties.
The two Ferraris in front of the two Red Bulls and the two Mercedes. This is how the qualifying session for the United States Grand Prix in Austin ended, but the starting grid will not be as tidy. If it is indeed Carlos Sainz Jr who will start from pole position for the fourth time in his career and who offers Ferrari its very first pole in Austin (where the United States GP has taken place since 2012), it It’s not Charles Leclerc who will accompany him on the front row, when he set the second time, 65 thousandths behind the Spaniard. The Monegasque has indeed changed parts of his engine, which earned him a penalty of ten places on the grille. Ditto on the side of Red Bull (bereaved during the day on Saturday by the death at 78 of Dietrich Mateschitz, the co-founder of the drinks brand), where Max Verstappen, author of the third time, will start second, while Sergio Perez, author fourth, will start ninth, as he also received a penalty.
The French are far
The second row, on the other hand, will be 100% Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton starting alongside George Russell. Perhaps the opportunity for the multiple world champion to win his first race of the year, if the planets align in his favor on the Texas side? Lance Stroll meanwhile managed to hoist his Aston Martin in the third row, next to the McLaren of Lando Norris. On the French side, we should probably not expect miracles this Sunday. Pierre Gasly will start in eleventh position and Esteban Ocon in 17th. The other Alpine driver, Fernando Alonso, will start 14th, after suffering a five-place fault. The start of the Grand Prix will be given at 9:00 p.m., French time, with a temperature of around 30°C.