Charles Leclerc qualifies on pole for the Miami Grand Prix in a Ferrari one-two with Carlos Sainz – as Max Verstappen will start third and Lewis Hamilton sixth

Charles Leclerc set the pace in qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix with pole position for Ferrari. Carlos Sainz was second best to seal a one-two for Ferrari with Max Verstappen third for Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton was sixth best, a big improvement on his showing in Imola a fortnight ago but still more almost a second off the pace despite supposed upgrades to his Mercedes – new front and rear wings. Max Verstappen does his best to hide his disappointment. Verstappen slips up in his final run to drop into third between the Ferrari one-two. Verstappen still holds the lead, with Leclerc second, Sainz third and Perez fourth. Verstappen goes sub 1:29 and takes pole with 1:28.991. Verstappen is just under half a second faster Sainz, posting 1:29.202. He’s 1.3 seconds down on leader Verstappen and outside the top 10. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are out, with the latter posting a first lap just over half a second slower than Verstappen. Max Verstappen has his first qualifying run, along with team-mate Sergio Perez. And he takes the lead, six tenths ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz at 1:30.235. Max Verstappen managed only five timed laps yesterday, which is not what you want coming into a brand new track. Lewis Hamilton was fourth behind Sergio Perez in the sweltering heat.

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