In the first nine editions of the Austin US Grand Prix, Ferrari was not able to secure a single pole position. At the tenth attempt, both red cars were leading the qualifying table. We have the best pictures of the fight against the clock.
A happy qualifying party was supposed to be celebrated in Austin on Saturday. But then the fight for the best starting positions was overshadowed by the death of Dietrich Mateschitz. The Red Bull team only found out a few minutes before the qualifying session kicked off that the company and racing team founder had lost the fight against cancer.
Max Verstappen would have liked to have claimed pole position in honor of Mateschitz. But the newly crowned world champion did not cope optimally with the cool asphalt temperatures and the gusty winds. In the end, 92 thousandths were missing from first place on the grid.
Despite the small gap, two cars were faster in the end. The two Ferraris battled it out for the best time of the day. On the decisive Q3 lap, Carlos Sainz flew 65 thousandths faster over the Texas roller coaster than his teammate Charles Leclerc, thus securing the third pole position of his career. It was the first Austin pole ever for Ferrari.
McLaren show as part of the supporting program
On Saturday, the fans were not only offered an exciting fight for the best starting places. As usual, the organizers also provided a lot of show elements in the supporting program. The McLaren show run saw the most jubilation. Company boss Zak Brown and F1 legend Mario Andretti raced around the circuit in an MP4-27 and an MP4-28.
There were also a lot of celebrities along the route. As on Friday, Brad Pitt was looking for inspiration for his new Formula 1 film. Actor colleague Chloe Grace Moretz was a guest in the Williams garage. Singer Pharell Williams stopped by Ferrari. Entertainers DJ Cassidy and Wyclef Jean were also among the paddock guests. In the gallery we show you the pictures of the day from Austin.