The Las Vegas Grand Prix qualifying session hasn’t been a smooth one for every driver, with two major names dropping out early.
Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes and Sergio Perez from Red Bull did not make it to the final stage of qualifying in Las Vegas. Hamilton finished 11th, missing out on Q3 by a slim margin of 0.028s. This was only the third time this season that Hamilton failed to advance into Q3 after previous eliminations in Miami and the Netherlands. Perez, who had several drivers improving behind him, was unable to improve his position in the dying moments of the session, placing him in 12th, just behind Hamilton. This marks the ninth time this year that Perez has missed out on Q3 in what has been a challenging season for the Mexican driver. Both Hamilton and Perez are currently vying for second place in the Drivers’ Championship, with Perez holding a 32-point lead.