RACE DEBRIEF

    Carlos Sainz grabbed his first pole position in Austin, pipping his team mate by less than a tenth of a second as newly crowned world champion Max Verstappen had to settle for third on a blustery day in Austin. But with grid penalties to follow for Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez, there will be some reshuffling overnight that means a mixed up grid for the race. Here are the best facts and stats from qualifying at the Circuit of The Americas…

    • Carlos Sainz grabbed Ferrari’s first ever pole position at COTA.

    • The Spaniard took his third ever career pole.

    • He is also seeking his first ever top-five finish at this track.

    • Max Verstappen will start second, with the driver starting from P2 having led the first lap here in four of the last six races.

    READ MORE: Sainz takes pole for the 2022 United States Grand Prix ahead of Verstappen

    • Lewis Hamilton will start third, matching his best starting slot of the year from Singapore.

    • George Russell starts fourth, the first time this season Mercedes have both cars in the top four on the grid.

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    Mercedes have both cars starting in the top four
    • Lance Stroll qualified seventh and starts fifth, to tie Aston Martin’s best ever starting slot, after Sebastian Vettel’s P5 at Spa last season.

    • The Canadian reaches Q3 for only the third time in 2022 but the second time on American soil.

    • Charles Leclerc has never won a race from below the front row, and has never finished on the podium from lower than seventh on the grid.

    READ MORE: Leclerc and Alonso receive grid penalties at COTA

    • Sergio Perez has three career podium finishes from outside the top eight on the grid, which all came for Sauber in 2012.

    • Lando Norris only made Q3 as a result of Zhou Guanyu’s deleted lap time at the end of Q2.

    • Alex Albon missed out on Q3 by just 0.027s.

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    Stroll found himself in the best of the rest slot
    • Vettel has only made Q3 once in the last 11 races, which was last time out at Suzuka.

    • Zhou’s late Q2 lap time was deleted – but had it not been, it would have been two Alfa cars in the top 10 for the first time this season.

    • Haas lost both cars in Q1 for the fourth time this year, but having done so at Silverstone, they managed to score double points.

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    • Daniel Ricciardo suffered his third Q1 elimination in the last five races.

    • Esteban Ocon qualified fifth in Suzuka but dropped out in Q1 today.

    • Mick Schumacher was out in Q1 for just the second time in seven races.