FACTS AND STATS: Sainz seals first Ferrari pole position at COTA, as Stroll grabs best slot of the year

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Sean Kelly
AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 21: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving (55) the Ferrari F1-75 on track during

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.

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas

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.

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes on

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.



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