Charles Leclerc lights up Las Vegas for pole as F1 refuses to apologise after farce

  • Carlos Sainz will start in 12th after a 10-place grid penalty
  • Lewis Hamilton eliminated in Q2 to start 10th on the grid

Charles Leclerc took pole for the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix, delivering a superb lap on the streets of the circuit which winds through the heart of the city. He beat his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz into second, but the Spaniard will take a 10-place grid penalty after he had to fit a new battery because of the damage he sustained when his car was struck by a drain cover on Thursday. World champion Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton had a disappointing run, knocked out in Q2 in 10th place, while his teammate George Russell was fourth for Mercedes. Pierre Gasly was fifth for Alpine.

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