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Formula 1 United States GP

F1 United States GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & Qualifying

Friday's action from the 18th round of the 2023 Formula 1 season

Max Verstappen and Red Bull may have wrapped up the Formula 1 world drivers’ and constructors’ championships respectively, but there is still a five-race sprint to the end of 2023.

The rush to the conclusion of the F1 season starts with the United States GP, which hosts another sprint race weekend format. That means Friday’s action is a sole practice session before grand prix qualifying.

Verstappen remains heavy favourite given he’s won 14 out of 17 races so far this year and shows no sign of letting up his F1 domination. Behind him, the gap between Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton has narrowed to 30 points for the runner-up spot in the drivers’ standings.

Meanwhile, McLaren’s surge continues having moved to 11 points behind Aston Martin that holds fourth place in the F1 world constructors’ table after its consecutive double podium finish in Japan and Qatar.

The US GP’s single practice session starts at 6:30pm BST, followed by grand prix qualifying at 10pm BST.

By: Stephen Lickorish, Megan White, Haydn Cobb

Summary
  • Leclerc takes pole for Sunday's US GP as Verstappen loses final qualifying lap for track limits and drops to sixth
  • Norris joins Leclerc on the front row ahead of Hamilton
  • Out in Q2: P11 Tsunoda, P12 Zhou, P13 Bottas, P14 Magnussen, P15 Ricciardo
  • Out in Q1: P16 Hulkenberg, P17 Alonso, P18 Albon, P19 Stroll, P20 Sargeant
Leaderboard:
  1. Leclerc, Ferrari
  2. Norris, McLaren
  3. Hamilton, Mercedes
  4. Sainz, Ferrari
  5. Russell, Mercedes
  6. Verstappen, Red Bull
  7. Gasly, Alpine
  8. Ocon, Alpine
  9. Perez, Red Bull
  10. Piastri, McLaren
Status: Stopped
That's all from us for tonight. We'll be back tomorrow evening before the sprint shootout at 6:30pm BST. Thank you for joining us and see you then!
Russell and Verstappen line up fifth and sixth, with Gasly, Ocon, Perez and Piastri completing the top 10.
Leclerc will be joined on the front row by Norris, with Hamilton and Sainz behind them.
Charles Leclerc secures pole position for the United States GP!
Hamilton takes the chequered flag in third, with Russell fifth
Verstappen does have his time deleted, handing provisional pole back to Leclerc.
Norris is currently third, with Hamilton fourth and Sainz fifth.
Verstappen takes provisional pole - but did he exceed track limits at Turn 19?
With 90 seconds to go, Leclerc leads from Hamilton and Verstappen. Can he retain that lead for pole?
We're into the final five minutes of qualifying now - who will take pole for Sunday's race?
Verstappen sounding pretty irked there - sounds like he lost time  behind team-mate Perez.
Russell goes fifth, but has his time deleted for exceeding track limits.
Leclerc is quickest as the flying laps get underway - Verstappen is second, with Norris third.
10 cars left from five teams - Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes and Alpine. Who will top Q3?
Alonso said his lap "felt okay" but admits it has "heavily compromised" his race on Sunday.
Leclerc led the way in Q2 ahead of Verstappen, with Hamilton, Sainz and Ocon completing the top five.
Tsunoda, Zhou, Bottas, Magnussen and Ricciardo are out after Q2.
Leclerc goes 0.5s clear of Verstappen at the top of the timesheet.
Leclerc is out on a fresh set of soft tyres - can he beat Verstappen's 1m35.491s?
Norris complains of traffic ahead with one of the Red Bulls running in front of him.
As it stands, the bottom five are: Ricciardo, Magnussen, Zhou, Sainz and Norris.
Verstappen leads from Piastri and Ocon, with Gasly and Perez completing the top five.
Russell is currently quickest, ahead of Hamilton and the two Ferraris.
Time for Q2! Who will be the next five drivers to be knocked out of qualifying?
Stroll and Alonso are joined in the bottom five by Hulkenberg and both Williams drivers.