Charles Leclerc put his Ferrari on pole position for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix as F1 hit Florida with qualifying on Saturday. The championship leader kept his cool in the searing 33 degree heat, with Carlos Sainz completing an all-Ferrari front row.
Max Verstappen blew his chances of claiming his second pole in as many grands prix when he made a mistake on his final run. “I f***** it,” said the world champion over the radio. Lewis Hamilton qualified sixth in his Mercedes.
Verstappen got his title defense back on track following a dominant performance in Imola a fortnight ago and the Red Bull star looked set to start Sunday’s race in the box seat to eat into Leclerc’s 27-point advantage at the top of the standings. But he will now be on the back foot after he ran wide in the first sector of his final roll of the dice in qualifying.
Leclerc improved to take pole with his last lap – the perfect tonic for his spin in Imola which dropped him from third to sixth – while Sainz also leapfrogged Verstappen. However, despite setting the fastest lap time in FP2 on Friday, George Russell blundered in Q2 of qualifying, running wide on his first run before lapping only good enough for 12th in his Mercedes.
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When is the Miami Grand Prix?
The Miami Grand Prix is due to begin at 8.30pm BST on Sunday 8 May.
Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the Miami Grand Prix live on Sky Sports. Race coverage begins on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event at 8.25pm BST, with build-up from 7pm. Subscribers can watch the action via the Sky Go app.
Jamie Braidwood8 May 2022 15:20
Miami Grand Prix starting grid
2. Carlos Sainz-Ferrari
3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull
4. Sergio Perez – Red Bull
5. Valtteri Bottas – Alfa Romeo
6. Lewis Hamilton-Mercedes
7. Pierre Gasly – AlphaTauri
8. Lando Norris – McLaren
9. Yuki Tsunoda – AlphaTauri
10. Lance Stroll – Aston Martin
11. Fernando Alonso – Alpine
12. George Russell-Mercedes
13. Sebastian Vettel-Aston Martin
14. Daniel Ricciardo – McLaren
15. Mick Schumacher-Haas
16. Kevin Magnussen-Haas
17. Guanyu Zhou – Alfa Romeo
18. Alexander Albon-Williams
19. Nicholas Latifi-Williams
20. Esteban Ocon – Alpine
Jamie Braidwood8 May 2022 15:11
F1 2022 Drivers’ Standings
- Verstappen | Red Bull Racing | 59 points
- Sergio Perez | Red Bull Racing | 54 points
- George Russell | Mercedes | 49 points
- Carlos Sainz | Ferrari | 38 points
- Lando Norris | McLaren | 35 points
- Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 28 points
- Valtteri Bottas | Alfa-Romeo | 24 points
- Esteban Ocon | AlpineF1 | 20 points
- Kevin Magnussen | Haas F1 Team | 15 points
- Daniel Ricciardo | McLaren | 11 points
- Yuki Tsunoda | AlphaTauri | 10 points
- Pierre Gasley | AlphaTauri | 6 points
- Sebastian Vettel | Aston-Martin | 4 points
- Fernando Alonso | AlpineF1 | 2 points
- Zhou Guanyu | Alfa-Romeo | 1 point
- Lance Stroll | Aston-Martin | 1 point
- Alexander Albon | Williams Racing | 1 point
- Mike Schumacher | Haas F1 Team | 0 points
- Nicholas Latifi | Williams Racing | 0 points
jack ratborn8 May 2022 13:52
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.