It was Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz who claimed pole position for the 2022 United States Grand Prix after the Spaniard pipped teammate Charles Leclerc to top spot on Saturday in Austin.
Leaving it until the final lap of the session, Sainz stormed around a blustery Circuit of the Americas track to claim his second pole position of the season.
CARLOS SAINZ TAKES POLE!
He storms to his third pole in F1, with Leclerc second-fastest, and Verstappen third#USGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/xvwibxXxKy
Back-to-back championship winner Max Verstappen could only manage P3 in qualifying, though with Leclerc taking a 10-place penalty after changing his engine on Friday, the Dutchman will line up on the front row alongside Sainz.
The top five on the grid for race day will be rounded out by Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in P3 and P4, whilst Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, who massively impressed in Austin throughout qualifying, will start from P5.
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* denotes grid-place penalty.
END OF Q3: Carlos Sainz takes pole position for the 2022 United States Grand Prix!! What a lap from the Spaniard at the death who steals away top spot from Ferrari teammate Leclerc.
5 minutes left of Q3: Leclerc tops the charts so far as he puts in an electric first lap in Q3. Sainz joins him on the front row for now.
START OF Q3: Russell is out on track first as the business end of qualifying kicks off here in Austin.
END OF Q2: Leclerc leads the way at the end of Q2, edging out Verstappen by just four thousands of a second. At the other end, it’s double trouble for Alpha Tauri as Gasly and Tsunoda are both eliminated. Albon, Vettel and Zhou Guanyu are the other drivers who miss out.
Eliminated from Q2:
Happy with top spot, @Pharrell? 😄
Leclerc goes fastest in the second part of qualifying#USGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/yYXRkEu4VY
5 minutes left of Q2: It’s Leclerc who leads the way heading into the later stages on Q2. He’s only 0.049 seconds ahead of Verstappen but that’s enough to occupy top spot for now.
Work to do at the other end for Vettel, Gasly, Stroll, Tsunoda and Albon.
START OF Q2: The action is back underway as Albon emerges from the pit lane first.
Alex Albon gets us up and running for Q2 👊#USGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/PrmBaoOocf
END OF Q1: It’s Sainz who takes top spot in Q1 from teammate Leclerc, Verstappen, Hamilton and Perez. There’s a couple of shocks at the other end as Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo both fail to make the cut and are eliminated alongside Haas pair Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi.
Eliminated from Q1:
5 minutes left of Q1: It’s Latifi, Tsunoda, Albon, Ricciardo and Magnussen who currently occupy the bottom five spots and will need to pick up the pace to get out of Q1 here.
At the top, Sainz puts in the fastest lap so far and leads the pack by nearly five tenths! That is a very impressive bench mark from the Spaniard.
10 minutes left of Q1: It’s Leclerc who leads the way at the top of the standings after the drivers complete their first flying laps here in Austin.
He leads Verstappen for now by just 0.069 seconds.
START OF Q1: Here we go then Formula One fans! Mick Schumacher leads us out at a very blustery Circuit of the Americas.
5 minutes to go: Well we’re all set here in Austin for qualifying for the 2022 United States Grand Prix. The crowd are on their feet as they prepare to welcome the drivers onto the track!
15 minutes to go: News has just broken that Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has passed away at the age of 78. A sad day for all involved with the team and the sport in general given the Austrian’s huge influence on one of Formula One’s most well known teams.
We are saddened to hear of the death of Dietrich Mateschitz
The co-founder of Red Bull made an unforgettable contribution to F1, and leaves a lasting legacy pic.twitter.com/ZuBxwY5CzS
30 minutes to go: We also have plenty of penalties to mention as well before the action gets underway, including Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who’ll drop ten places after taking a new engine.
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu have also all taken five-place penalties for tomorrow’s race after changing car parts.
45 minutes to go: Plenty of other news to mention as well already this weekend, the number one story being that Williams boss Jost Capito announced earlier that young American Logan Sargeant will be the team’s second driver next year.
That’s still dependent on him obtaining enough Super License points during the remainder of the F2 season, though that seems likely after his impressive display in the Williams car in FP1 this weekend. He will also take FP1 in both Mexico and Abu Dhabi with the team.
More time in the FW44 incoming for @LoganSargeant! 🤩
We’re excited to confirm that Logan will participate in two more FP1 sessions this year, as well as the end of season Young Driver Test! 🇲🇽🇦🇪#WeAreWilliams
1 hour to go: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News‘ coverage of qualifying for the 2022 United States Grand Prix!
Verstappen is chasing an important F1 record this weekend, but can he put his Red Bull car on pole in Austin to make his life a little easier for Sunday’s race?
Howdy ya’ll, welcome to Saturday in Texas! 🤠
Let’s get this show on the road 😉#USGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/KnfSaiT8kd
The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2022 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with select races airing on ABC. You can also stream Formula 1 races live in the U.S. with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2022 F1 races in the U.S.
Sunday’s 2022 United States Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. local time. Lights out will likely take place just after 8 p.m. BST. ESPN’s prerace show typically airs in the hour before the start of the race.
Below is the complete TV schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the United States Grand Prix.
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, five major OTT TV streaming options carry the ESPN networks — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and DirecTV Stream.
For those who do have a cable or satellite subscription but won’t be in front of a TV, Formula 1 races in 2022 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication.
There are 22 scheduled events on the F1 docket for 2022, one race shy of tying the mark for longest F1 calendar.
The season started in Bahrain on March 20 and will end with the customary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although a bit earlier than usual, in November. If the schedule stands, this will be the earliest end of the Formula 1 season since it ended on Nov. 4 in 2013.
Returning to the 2022 F1 slate are the Canadian and Japanese Grand Prix, both of which were canceled in 2021 amid fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
The calendar also holds the maiden voyage for the Miami Grand Prix, the first of two races in the United States in 2022, with the customary United States GP taking place in October.
The Russian Grand Prix, originally scheduled for Sept. 25, was cancelled because of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Here’s the latest schedule (subject to change):
For fans in Canada, TSN will carry the English-language telecast of races. For those looking for the French-language broadcast, RDS will have you covered.
Races can also be streamed via TSN’s streaming service, TSN Direct.
Viewers in the United Kingdom can catch all F1 action on Sky Sports F1, the dedicated F1 channel. For viewers planning to live stream F1 in 2022, you can watch via the Sky Go app if you’re an existing subscriber or you can purchase a Sky Sports Pass on NOW TV.
Fox Sports will carry all races in Australia, with Channel 10 broadcasting the United States GP.