FACTS AND STATS: Magnussen's P4 gives Haas their first ever top four start for a Grand Prix

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Sean Kelly
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 06: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Haas F1 VF-23 Ferrari on track

Qualifying at the Miami International Autodrome proved to be a thriller, with red flags in Q3 disrupting proceedings and leading to a very mixed up grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix. But while some drivers were left crowing at their result, others were distinctly less impressed. Here are the best facts and stats from Miami…

  • Sergio Perez has grabbed his first pole anywhere other than Jeddah.

  • Fernando Alonso has his first front row start in the USA since he was second on the grid in Indianapolis in 2007.

  • The average age of the front row is 37 years old.

  • It’s going to be the same front row as Jeddah.

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  • Carlos Sainz grabbed third for his first top three start of the season.

  • Kevin Magnussen’s fourth is Haas’ first ever top four start in a Grand Prix – he has started P1 in the Sprint in Brazil, and in the top four in the Sprint in Imola.

  • Magnussen has started in the top four twice before, both in 2014 in Australia and Germany.

  • It was the Dane’s first Q3 appearance of the season.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 06: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 on

Perez has his third career pole position

  • Pierre Gasly was fifth, his best qualifying of the season.

  • George Russell was P6, the second time this year Mercedes haven’t got a car into the top five.

  • Charles Leclerc was seventh, having crashed twice this weekend. That means he starts in the same position as in Australia, where he got knocked out on the first lap.

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  • Esteban Ocon was eighth, which is where he finished here last year after starting last.

  • Max Verstappen qualified ninth. No one has won from P9 on the grid since Niki Lauda at the 1984 French Grand Prix in Dijon, with only four races having been won from that slot in F1 history.

  • Valtteri Bottas was P10, the first time an Alfa Romeo car has made Q3 this year.

  • Alex Albon missed out on Q3 for Williams by 0.052s.

  • Nico Hulkenberg was outqualified by his team mate for the first time this season.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1

Hamilton was knocked out in Q2

  • Lewis Hamilton failed to reach Q3 for the first time since Imola last year.

  • It was also his worst ever qualifying on US soil.

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  • Yuki Tsunoda and Lando Norris were both knocked out in Q1 after reaching Q3 last weekend.

  • McLaren lost both cars in Q1 for the first time since Interlagos in 2018.

  • Norris’ Q1 exit was only the third time in his career he’s gone out at the first time of asking, but the second time this year.

  • Lance Stroll finished P10 from the pit lane here last year.

  • Only 1.214s covered P1 to P20, only just outside the record of 1.188s from Bahrain this year.


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