Charles Leclerc stormed to pole position in Formula 1’s return to Las Vegas after a four decade absence from the
Charles Leclerc achieved his 22nd career pole position at the F1 2023 Las Vegas GP qualifying, beating his teammate Carlos Sainz. However, Sainz will start the race with a 10-place grid penalty, promoting Max Verstappen to the front row. Despite concerns about cold temperatures, the ambient temperature during qualifying was 15 degrees Celsius. The session saw unexpected eliminations, with Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri from McLaren being among the five eliminated in Q1. Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Alex Albon were shock eliminations in Q2. Leclerc maintained his dominance in Q3, setting the fastest time to secure pole position.