Charles Leclerc’s remarkable pole position at the United States Grand Prix in Austin left both fans and the Ferrari team astonished. In this thrilling qualifying session, Leclerc outshone his competitors, displaying the prowess of both himself and the Ferrari team.
Throughout the day, Leclerc exhibited stellar performance, building on his second-place finish in FP1 to top the timesheets in Q2. His excellence in Q3 was the defining moment, securing him a pole position with a time of 1m 34.723s, especially after Max Verstappen had his time invalidated.
This marks Leclerc’s third pole position this season during a Sprint weekend, adding to his achievements in Baku and Belgium. When asked about his consistency, Leclerc attributed it to the collective effort of the team, stating, “I don’t know. I think as a team we did a great job.”
Leclerc emphasized the significance of a clean FP1 during Sprint weekends and commended the team for delivering a strong car from the outset, which contributed to his exceptional performance. He expressed his happiness with his overall qualifying experience and looks forward to starting on pole for the race on Sunday.
Surprisingly, Ferrari’s pace in Austin caught Leclerc off guard. He specifically noted the strength of the car in the last sector, both in FP1 and during qualifying. This season has seen Ferrari consistently outperforming expectations during Sprint weekends, showcasing their strong car and the positive rapport Leclerc has with it.
Leclerc anticipates a challenging race day, as competitors learn from today’s session and make improvements. Nevertheless, he is determined to maintain his pole position for the race on Sunday.
Carlos Sainz, who secured pole position at COTA last year, finished fourth in the qualifying session. Sainz shared his insights on his performance, stating that he struggled in the last sector of the track but felt comfortable in other parts. He acknowledged the difficulties in setting up the car with limited FP1 sessions and hopes to address these challenges for the upcoming race. Sainz also congratulated Leclerc for his pole position and looks forward to the race, where he will start in fourth place.