Max Verstappen

The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix qualifying session brought a mix of excitement and drama to the Circuit of the Americas. Max Verstappen, the championship leader, appeared dominant throughout but had his pole position snatched away due to a track limits violation, handing Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc a golden opportunity. Lando Norris of McLaren delivered an unexpected performance, narrowly missing out on pole position. In this session, we saw intense competition and unforeseen results that set the stage for an intriguing race.


Here’s a summary of the key points of the US Grand Prix

  • Max Verstappen, who had been under pressure from Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton, initially secured pole position but lost it due to a track limits violation at Turn 19.

Charles Leclerc

  • As a result of the penalty, Charles Leclerc of Ferrari was promoted to pole position.
  • Lando Norris of McLaren surprised by grabbing second place on the grid, narrowly missing out on pole and expressing regret about it.

Carlos Sainz

  • Carlos Sainz, another Ferrari driver, qualified in fourth place.
  • George Russell, who had a strong performance, qualified fifth but lost his banker lap in Q3 due to track limits.
  • Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull, qualified ninth.
  • Yuki Tsunoda missed out on Q3 by a very small margin, finishing in 11th place.
  • Haas, despite their upgrades, couldn’t make it to Q3, with Kevin Magnussen in 14th place.
  • Daniel Ricciardo, returning to AlphaTauri, had a disappointing final lap and qualified behind Magnussen.
  • Nico Hulkenberg had a track limits violation that knocked him out in Q1, finishing in 16th place.
  • Fernando Alonso lost his streak of making it to Q3 and qualified in 17th place.
  • Alex Albon, in his first Q1 elimination since Spa, was 18th.
  • Logan Sargeant had a challenging qualifying session, finishing last in 20th place after struggling with front locking and track limits.

Pros of track limits in Formula 1:

  • Safety: Track limits help to keep drivers on the track and away from dangerous areas, such as gravel traps and walls.
  • Fairness: Track limits ensure that all drivers are competing on the same level and that no one is gaining an advantage by going off the track.
  • Excitement: Track limits help to prevent drivers from taking shortcuts and make the racing more exciting and unpredictable.

Cons of track limits in Formula 1:

  • Complexity: Track limits can be difficult to define and enforce, especially on some tracks with more ambiguous boundaries.
  • Unfair penalties: Drivers can sometimes be penalized for track limits violations that are minor or unintentional.
  • Robs drivers of racing lines: Track limits can sometimes prevent drivers from taking the fastest racing line, which can make the racing less exciting.


The qualifying session for the United States Grand Prix was a rollercoaster of emotions for Formula 1 fans. While Max Verstappen started as the favourite for pole position, his track limits violation allowed Charles Leclerc to seize the top spot. Lando Norris and McLaren also surprised with their strong performance.

With these unexpected twists and turns, the stage is set for an exciting race where drivers and teams will seek to make the most of their grid positions and strategic choices. As the lights go out on race day, the outcome remains uncertain, promising an enthralling spectacle for fans and enthusiasts worldwide.



PosDriver NameManufacturerQ1Q2Q3
1Charles LeclercFerrari1m36.061s1m35.004s1m34.723s
2Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m35.110s1m35.441s1m34.853s
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m35.091s1m35.240s1m34.862s
4Carlos SainzFerrari1m35.824s1m35.302s1m34.945s
5George RussellMercedes1m36.165s1m35.606s1m35.079s
6Max VerstappenRed Bull1m35.346s1m35.008s1m35.081s
7Pierre GaslyAlpine-Renault1m36.158s1m35.496s1m35.089s
8Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m36.131s1m35.413s1m35.154s
9Sergio PérezRed Bull1m35.989s1m35.679s1m35.173s
10Oscar PiastriMcLaren-Mercedes1m36.064s1m35.576s1m35.467s
11Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda RBPT1m35.913s1m35.697s
12Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m36.052s1m35.698s
13Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m36.082s1m35.858s
14Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m36.009s1m35.880s
15Daniel RicciardoAlphaTauri-Honda RBPT1m36.213s1m35.974s
16Nico HülkenbergHaas-Ferrari1m36.235s
17Fernando AlonsoAston Martin-Mercedes1m36.268s
18Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m36.315s
19Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m36.589s
20Logan SargeantWilliams-Mercedes1m36.827s


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