By Robert Haile
A brand new street circuit for 2022 and Ferrari did not miss a step.
After missing out to Red Bull and Max Verstappen in Australia Charles Leclerc put his Ferrari on Pole for the Miami Grand Prix.
Championship leader Leclerc said: “It feels really good to come here and put everything together on such a difficult track.
“Although I was not very happy with turns 1-2-3, it was a good lap and I’m really glad to have secured pole.
“I feel at ease with the car. It feels great to drive and really makes you think of how to extract its full potential.
“Tomorrow will be a tight race and it is good to have Carlos by my side.
“The pace is there for both our cars and hopefully we can keep our positions until the end to bring home a strong result for our team.”
Looking to put the last couple of races behind him Carlos Sainz starts second with Verstappen and Sergio Perez in third and fourth for Red Bull.
Former teammates line up in fifth and sixth with Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas beating Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, a feat he will hope to repeat in the race.
AlphaTauri are having a difficult season compared to 2021 but Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda start in the points with McLaren’s Lando Norris splitting them in eighth.
Rounding out the top ten is Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll as the final session of qualifying finished.
Going out in the first session were four drivers as Alpine’s Esteban Ocon did not take to the track after crashing in the final free practice.
The Williams’ of Nicholas Latifi and Alex Albon went out with Alfa Romeo’s rookie Zhou Guanyu and surprisingly Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, who has enjoyed a so far successful return.
The surprises continued as Mercedes’ George Russell went out in the second session along with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Haas’ Mick Schumacher completed the five to be eliminated.
The first qualifying provided plenty of entertainment now to see if the race will excite and entertain.
Miami Grand Prix Grid
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
- Vallteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
- Lando Norris (McLaren)
- Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
- Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
- Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
- George Russell (Mercedes)
- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Marin)
- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
- Mick Schumacher (Haas)
- Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
- Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
- Alex Albon (Williams)
- Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
- Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Ocon will race at the steward’s discretion.