HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the qualifying action from Miami as Hamilton drops out in Q2, Leclerc crashes and Perez takes pole
Miami played host to an action-packed qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, with Lewis Hamilton dropping out in the Q2 phase, Charles Leclerc crashing out in Q3 and Sergio Perez ultimately taking pole position.
Leclerc lost control of his Ferrari with a couple of minutes left on the clock in the top 10 shootout, bringing out the red flags that ended the session there and then, with drivers not having enough time to complete another lap from the pit lane.
That meant pole went to Sergio Perez in another fresh twist for the 2023 title race, with Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen only ninth after a mistake on his first lap. Fernando Alonso capitalised to take second for Aston Martin, with Carlos Sainz third in his Ferrari.
Before the pole showdown, there was drama for Hamilton when he had to take evasive action behind a slow-moving Kevin Magnussen and tapped the wall in Q1, before the Mercedes man dramatically dropped out of the Q2 phase.
There were also early baths for McLaren’s Lando Norris and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, who both fell at the first hurdle, while Williams rookie Logan Sargeant had a tricky debut home qualifying session en route to 20th and last.
Check out the action from qualifying in Miami in the video player above.
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