Charles Leclerc, 1st, 1:28.796
Carlos Sainz, 2nd, 1:28.986
Leclerc had been quick across all three practice sessions so it was no surprise to see him sail into Q3. He was joined by his team mate who managed to put yesterday’s crash behind him, Sainz even grabbing provisional pole at one stage. In the end, Leclerc pulled ahead on their final flying runs but with a front row lock-out, the Scuderia are incredibly well placed to re-ignite their championship fight that stuttered in the damp of Imola last time out.
Max Verstappen, 3rd, 1:28.991
Sergio Perez, 4th, 1:29.036
After missing most of FP2 yesterday, Verstappen made up for lost time in final practice and looked in a good position heading into qualifying, with Perez having topped FP3 also right in the fight. Red Bull and Ferrari traded fastest laps when qualifying came around, with Verstappen and Leclerc going toe to toe and Perez narrowly behind. But when it came to Q3, the Scuderia boys delivered and both Verstappen and Perez fell fractionally short, the Dutchman actually aborting his final flying run after going wide. They had to settle for the second row.
Valtteri Bottas, 5th, 1:29.475
Zhou Guanyu, 17th, 1:31.020
Zhou was unlucky in FP1, traffic meaning he wasn’t able to get over the line in time to go for one last flying lap. That left the rookie out in Q1 for the first time this season. As for Bottas, he repaid the team’s hard work from yesterday when they had to rebuild his car and then some. The Finn wound up fifth on the grid, beating his former team mate to boot for that coveted ‘best of the rest’ slot.
Lewis Hamilton, 6th, 1:29.625
George Russell, 12th, 1:30.173
After looking much more on the pace yesterday, Mercedes fell away in FP3 as they tried a set-up direction that seemingly made their porpoising worse. They reverted back to their original set-up for qualifying, although it wasn’t plain sailing for the team, with Hamilton only just sneaking out of Q1. After that nail-biting moment, Hamilton nailed his laps to make it to Q3, once there managing a very decent sixth on the grid. But Russell wasn’t able to do likewise, aborting his first run in Q2 and unable to deliver when the pressure was on at the end of that segment.
Pierre Gasly, 7th, 1:29.690
Yuki Tsunoda, 9th, 1:29.932
Miami marked a return to form for AlphaTauri, after they failed to get either driver to Q3 at the last two races. Tsunoda made the top 10 shootout for the first time this season, while Gasly managed a 2022 best of P7 on the grid. In a tight midfield, both drivers will have a hard job of it tomorrow to maintain position – although the Frenchman should be buoyed from his epic defence last time out that saw him keep Hamilton at bay for most of the race.
Lando Norris, 8th, 1:29.750
Daniel Ricciardo, 14th, 1:30.310
McLaren came to the fore on the soft tyres at the end of FP3, with Ricciardo right in the mix with his team mate as he came alive on American soil as he so often does. But the Australian suffered from downshifting issues in qualifying, and only came out right at the end of Q2 to set his first time of the segment. He couldn’t do enough to make Q3 in what was a disappointing end to what had looked a promising day. As for Norris, he did make the top 10 shootout but couldn’t quite keep up with his midfield rivals, having to settle for eighth.
Sebastian Vettel, 13th, 1:30.214
Lance Stroll, 10th, 1:30.676
It was a mixed bag for Aston Martin. Stroll made Q3 for the first time this season in an encouraging display, but Vettel was left disappointed after being bumped out in Q2. The German admitted to making a mistake in the chicane and with the margins so tight, he found himself down in P13. Nonetheless, he isn’t out of the hunt for points tomorrow from there, which will be the aim for the team after finally getting off the mark last time out.
Esteban Ocon, 20th, No time set
Fernando Alonso, 11th, 1:30.160
Ocon crashed in FP3 in the exact same place as Sainz had on Friday, spinning into the barriers at Turn 14. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, he cracked his chassis and thus wasn’t able to take part in qualifying although he has been cleared to race tomorrow. That left Alonso to fly the flag for Alpine and he looked to be doing just that until getting baulked by his compatriot Sainz in the closing moments of Q2. That cost him the chance of a last flying lap and he had to make do with P11 on the grid.
Mick Schumacher, 15th, 1:30.423
Kevin Magnussen, 16th, 1:30.975
Not to be for Haas on home soil. Magnussen was struggling with a malfunctioning radio, meaning he had no communication as to where he was nor how quick he was going. He exited in Q1, and while Schumacher did make Q2, the German was nowhere near scraping into the top 10 shootout. Haas seem to have lost their edge on the midfield, and might need a chaotic race if they want to add to their points tally in Miami.
Nicholas Latifi, 19th, 1:31.325
Alex Albon, 18th, 1:31.266
Albon impressed in FP1 and he did likewise in FP3 with an exceptionally quick lap that raised a few eyebrows. But unfortunately he couldn’t repeat the trick in qualifying, Williams falling backwards as other teams turned up their engines. The Thai driver did pip his team mate though, to keep his qualifying streak going.
Mario Isola, Motorsport Director
“It was a tightly-fought qualifying session where we saw the grip recovery concept that we have built into the tyres come to the fore: namely, the ability of the tyres to complete a number of push laps before a cool-down period, and then be able to push again with all the grip recovered and no loss of performance. This was particularly evident in Ferrari’s qualifying strategy, where Leclerc completed three runs in Q1 on the same set of tyres while Sainz completed four. They then did three runs each in Q2 and two runs in Q3: in some of the hottest track temperatures that we have seen all year. Strategy tomorrow is not straightforward, but it looks as though a two-stopper will be the quickest way to go, with all three compounds potentially playing an important role.”