Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will start on pole position for the Las Vegas Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship. Leclerc took pole after a one-hour qualifying session, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Mercedes' George Russell starting behind him on the grid. However, Leclerc's teammate Carlos Sainz, who was second quickest in qualifying, will start in 12th place due to a 10-place grid penalty.
In the first segment of qualifying (Q1), Leclerc set the fastest time, followed closely by Sainz. The five drivers who were eliminated in Q1 were Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon, Zhou Guanyu, Oscar Piastri, and Yuki Tsunoda.
In the second segment (Q2), Leclerc once again set the pace, with Sainz finishing second. The drivers knocked out in Q2 were Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll, and Daniel Ricciardo.
Finally, in the top-10 shootout of Q3, Leclerc set the fastest time on both his first and final runs, securing pole position. However, Sainz's 10-place grid penalty pushed him down to 12th place, allowing Verstappen to start alongside Leclerc on the front row.
The Las Vegas Grand Prix will take place today at 1 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. GMT.