FACTS AND STATS: Verstappen first driver to grab opening six poles since Prost three decades ago

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Max Verstappen made it two pole positions in two days as he grabbed the P1 grid slot for the Miami Grand Prix. Having won the Sprint from pole, the Dutchman will be full of confidence heading into the race – and once again he’ll have Charles Leclerc lining up alongside. Here are all of the best facts and stats from qualifying in the sunshine state…

  • Verstappen takes a seventh consecutive pole, the longest streak of his career and the longest in F1 since Lewis Hamilton’s seven in a row in 2015.

  • The last driver to take the first six poles in any season was Alain Prost in 1993.

  • It was the Dutchman’s 38th career pole and Red Bull’s 101st in F1.

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  • Leclerc starts from the front row for a Grand Prix for the first time since Jeddah, despite only completing one flying lap in practice.

  • Carlos Sainz starts third, his highest start since Australia – where he emerged victorious. The Spaniard is the only driver to start every race in Miami in the top three.

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Verstappen and Leclerc share the front row for the second time this weekend

  • Sergio Perez grabbed fourth, a slide down after Red Bull locked out the front row at the last two Grands Prix.

  • Race day in Miami falls on Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican-American holiday celebration.

  • Lando Norris was fifth, for McLaren’s highest ever start in Miami.

  • Oscar Piastri grabbed P6 meaning both McLarens start in the top six this year after both being knocked out in Q1 last year.

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  • George Russell’s P7 means he starts on the fourth row of the grid for the fourth time in the last five race weekends.

  • Hamilton grabbed eighth, having gone half a second quicker on the mediums than he did on the softs in Q3.

  • It’s the first time Mercedes got both cars into Q3 in Miami.

  • Nico Hulkenberg starts ninth for a second consecutive Grand Prix, his team’s best starting slots of the year.

  • Yuki Tsunoda recorded his fourth Q3 appearance in the past five races.

  • Lance Stroll missed out on Q2 by 0.022s, after he failed to improve on his Q1 time in Q2 for the fourth time in the last seven race weekends.

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Tsunoda made yet another Q3 for RB

  • Pierre Gaslly’s P12 was Alpine’s best starting slot of the year and the first time he’s out-qualified his team mate for a Grand Prix in 2024.

  • Esteban Ocon tied his best starting slot of the year with 13th, also matching his Sprint Qualifying result from yesterday.

  • Alex Albon has been knocked out in Q2 in every race this year.

  • Fernando Alonso failed to reach Q3 for the first time in 2024.

  • Both Kick Sauber cars exited qualifying in Q1 for the third time this year.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from qualifying in Miami as Verstappen claims pole

  • Logan Sargeant’s 17th was his best qualifying performance of the season.

  • Daniel Ricciardo exited in Q1 in 18th after starting and finishing the Sprint in fourth place.

  • Kevin Magnussen suffered his third straight Q1 elimination.

  • Zhou Guanyu was the slowest qualifier for the third time in six race weekends this year.



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