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Perez Triumphs in Miami Qualifying



Perez Triumphs Miami Qualifying

Sergio Perez snatched the Miami Grand Prix pole position from the grasp of Max Verstappen, who seemed unstoppable until a costly error derailed his chances. As fate would have it, Charles Leclerc’s crash further complicated matters, leaving the grid shaken up and fans on the edge of their seats.

In an unexpected turn of events, Sergio Perez secured the Miami Grand Prix pole position when Max Verstappen, who had been dominating up to Q3, made a mistake in his first pole attempt and was denied a second run due to a red flag caused by Charles Leclerc’s crash.

Verstappen had been the fastest in the second and third practices, as well as Q1 and Q2, appearing unbeatable in those sessions. However, he went off-track at Turn 6 during his first Q3 lap and had to abandon it.

Leclerc also made an error in his first Q3 attempt, grazing the wall at a right turn and locking up at the end of the straightaway. With just 1m36s remaining, the session was not restarted, leaving Verstappen in ninth place with no recorded time, ahead of only Valtteri Bottas, who completed one Q3 run in his Alfa Romeo.

This result puts Perez in the Miami pole position following his Baku victory. A win on Sunday would place him at the top of the championship standings.

Fernando Alonso will join Perez on the front row, in a session marked by contrasting fortunes for Aston Martin. While Alonso advanced, Lance Stroll failed to progress past Q1 on a single set of tires and will start in 18th place.

Carlos Sainz will start in third place for Ferrari, accompanied by an unexpected row-two partner, Kevin Magnussen. Despite struggling in qualifying this season, the Haas driver made it to Q3, where he secured fourth place thanks to a solid first run while others faltered. His position was solidified due to Leclerc’s crash.


Alpine demonstrated promising practice speed, securing fifth and eighth positions on the grid for Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon.

George Russell claimed a much better sixth place for Mercedes, as the team’s cars were initially placed 19th and 20th just before the end of Q1. While Russell advanced to Q3, Lewis Hamilton failed to move beyond Q2 and will start in 13th place. Hamilton also experienced a close encounter with the wall in Q1 while avoiding Zhou Guanyu, who will share the seventh row with him.

Alex Albon narrowly missed placing Williams in the top 10, falling short by just 0.052s. He will start in 11th place, while his American rookie teammate Logan Sargeant will begin his first home Grand Prix in last position.

McLaren’s struggles in the final practice were confirmed during qualifying, with Lando Norris pushed down to 16th as Mercedes managed to recover. Norris’s teammate Oscar Piastri will start in 19th place.

Yuki Tsunoda experienced his first qualifying loss to new teammate Nyck de Vries. The AlphaTauri drivers will start in 15th and 17th positions, respectively.

Qualifying outcomes at the Miami Grand Prix, the fifth round of the 2023 F1 World Championship.

01Sergio PérezRed Bull1:27.7131:27.3281:26.841
02Fernando AlonsoAston Martin1:28.1791:27.0971:27.202
03Carlos SainzFerrari1:27.6861:27.1481:27.346
04Kevin MagnussenHaas1:27.8091:27.6731:27.767
05Pierre GaslyAlpine1:28.0611:27.6121:27.786
06George RussellMercedes1:28.0861:27.7431:27.804
07Charles LeclercFerrari1:27.7131:26.9641:27.861
08Esteban OconAlpine1:27.8721:27.4441:27.935
09Max VerstappenRed Bull1:27.3631:26.814– :—.—
10Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:27.8641:27.564– :—.—
11Alex AlbonWilliams1:28.2341:27.795
12Nico HülkenbergHaas1:27.9451:27.903
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:27.8461:27.975
14Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo1:28.1801:28.091
15Nyck de VriesAlphaTauri1:28.3251:28.395
16Lando NorrisMcLaren1:28.394
17Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:28.429
18Lance StrollAston Martin1:28.476
19Oscar PiastriMcLaren1:28.484
20Logan SargeantWilliams1:28.577

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