Verstappen to start Miami GP from pole position

Charles Leclerc joins reigning champion on the front row in Miami

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 04: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB20 on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at Miami International Autodrome on May 04, 2024 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202405040507 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen will be at the front of the field at tomorrow’s Miami Grand Prix after securing pole position in qualifying.

The three-time champion outpaced his nearest rivals at Ferrari, while teammate Sergio Perez could only manage fourth.

Alex Albon’s hopes of making Q3 disappeared when he spun in the second session, reporting over the radio that his tyres weren’t lasting.

Fernando Alonso narrowly made it through to Q2, but his struggles continues in the second part of qualifying, leaving him down in 15th, with teammate Lance Stroll also missing out on a spot in the top 10.

Kevin Magnussen complained of traffic on his out lap, leaving him towards the back of the field, while Daniel Ricciardo was unable to match his performance in sprint qualifying, with a penalty from the previous race leaving him at the back of the grid.

Mercedes ran out of soft tyres before their second runs in Q3, forcing Lewis Hamilton and George Russell to use mediums for their final efforts.

Provisional qualifying result:

1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

5. Lando Norris (McLaren)

6. Oscar Piastri (McLaren)

7. George Russell (Mercedes)

8. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

9. Nico Hulkenberg (Haas)

10. Yuki Tsunoda (VCARB)

11. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

12. Pierre Gasly (Alpine)

13. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)

14. Alex Albon (Williams)

15. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin)

16. Valtteri Bottas (Sauber)

17. Logan Sargeant (Williams)

18. Daniel Ricciardo (VCARB)*

19. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

20. Guanyu Zhou (Sauber)

*Ricciardo has a 3-place grid penalty for an infringement at the previous race.

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