Finishing with a lap time of 1:32.726, the Monegasque led a Ferrari front-row lockout, with his teammate Carlos Sainz merely 0.044 seconds slower. However, it should be noted that Sainz will be serving a 10-place grid penalty, which means that he will be demoted to P12. Reigning champion Max Verstappen will effectively be starting the Grand Prix from second, while Mercedes’ George Russell lines up on third – with only 0.008 seconds between their best qualifying times!
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Pierre Gasly finished on P5, with Williams securing their best grid start yet behind the Alpine. Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso rounded up the top 10 in qualifying. Meanwhile 7x world champion could only finish 11th, ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez on 12th! Up until Perez, all drivers apart from Leclerc will gain a spot on the grid.
McLaren has also had a tough weekend, with both drivers out of top 15. However, Lance Stroll’s five-place grid penalty at Las Vegas GP after overtaking under yellow flags means that he will be starting the race from the 19th spot, helping move Oscar Piastri to P18 and Lando Norris to P15.
Stay tuned to TOI Auto for the 2023 F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix race report tomorrow!