F1 Las Vegas GP: Leclerc grabs pole from Sainz, Verstappen; disaster for McLaren
Leclerc dominated qualifying, with Hamilton and Perez failing to make it to the final round and both McLarens being knocked out in Q1. The cars completed multiple runs on the same set of soft tires in the first two segments to build temperature and grip on the new track surface. In Q3, the frontrunners completed single-lap efforts. Leclerc set the provisional pole with his first lap in Q3, while Sainz took an alternative approach with two warm-up laps for his second go. Leclerc improved his time but it was still barely quicker than his Q2 time. Sainz maintained second place but will drop to 12th due to a penalty. Gasly and Williams pair Albon and Sargeant secured sixth and seventh in the dying seconds of Q3. Stroll faces a post-qualifying investigation and several drivers have to explain why they were going too slowly during Q1.