Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz Jr. claimed pole position for Sunday’s US Grand Prix.

Ferrari‘s Carlos Sainz Jr secured pole position for Sunday US Grand Prix.

On the day it was announced that Red Bull co-owner Dietrich Mateshitz died at the age of 78, already crowned world champion Max Verstappen went into qualifying looking to end a sad day for the team and the sport on a bit of a high note.

However, for only the third time in his career, it is Sainz Jr. who will start the Texas race on pole, ahead of Verstappen by less than 10 seconds.

While it was Sainz’s partner Charles Leclerc who finished second in Q3, he has to go 10 places on the penalty grid, which will see Verstappen promoted to the front row.

Sergio Perez must also serve a fine of five places, taking into account Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton move up to third on the grid despite qualifying fifth.

A teammate George Russell to join his British countryman in the second line, p Lance Stroll and Lando Norris fifth and sixth in st Aston Martin and McLaren respectively.

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