Hamilton endures qualifying nightmare and SHOCK names make top 10

Charles Leclerc will start Sunday’s Las Vegas Grand Prix on pole after Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez provided a shock in being eliminated from Q2.

During each of the three qualifying sessions, teammate Carlos Sainz finished second behind leader Charles Leclerc. One notable penalty Sainz has before Sunday’s race is a 10-place grid penalty.

Max Verstappen, who has been vocal about how much he dislikes the track, could only manage third place, and McLaren stars Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris were eliminated in the first round.

Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant qualified in sixth and seventh place, respectively, and Williams had a great Saturday.

In the second qualifying round, Hamilton, Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll, and Daniel Ricciardo withdrew. From Q1, Norris and Piastri were in the same elimination zone as Esteban Ocon, Zhou Guanyu, and Yuki Tsunoda.

A summary of those crucial qualifying positions is provided below.

F1 Qualifying Results: Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023
The three Qualifying sessions are in the books and here are the results:

  1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): 1:32.726
  2. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari): +0.044
  3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull): +0.378
  4. George Russell (Mercedes): +0.386
  5. Pierre Gasly (Alpine): +0.513
  6. Alex Albon (Williams): +0.597
  7. Logan Sargeant (Williams): +0.787
  8. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo): +0.799
  9. Kevin Magnussen (Haas): +0.811
  10. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin): +0.829

Eliminated from Q2

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
  3. Nico Hulkenberg (Haas)
  4. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  5. Daniel Ricciardo (AlphaTauri)

Eliminated from Q1

  1. Lando Norris (McLaren)
  2. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
  3. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
  4. Oscar Piastri (McLaren)
  5. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

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