Event: USA Grand Prix
Track: Circuit of the Americas

F1 Starting Grid 2022 USA Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz receives the pole position award from Alex Palou

Warm-up lap starts at: 14:00 Local | 21:00 CET | 20:00 UK | 12:00 LA | 04:00 Tokio

Ferrari scored a 1-2 qualifying session and Carlos Sainz came out as quickest for the 3rd time this season and in his F1 career. His teammate Charles Leclerc received a 10 places grid penalty, because he had to use a 6th internal combustion engine and turbo in the back of the Ferrari F1-75. Leclerc will start from P12 because of that. Max Verstappen who qualified 3rd will move up to the front row because of this.

Weather conditions were warm and dry, with ambient temperatures of 32 degrees and track temperatures of 39 degrees at the start of qualifying. There were very strong gusting winds all day, which affected the aerodynamic balance and caused some big slides. Similar conditions are expected tomorrow.

Verstappen will push Sainz to try and win at Circuit of the Americas for the second time and wrap up the 2022 constructors F1 championship title. Especially now that the news came out about the death of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

Four other drivers received a 5 places grid penalty for using more than allowed power unit elements.

The Pirelli Pole Position Award at the Circuit of the Americas was given to Sainz by a fellow Spaniard: last year’s Indycar champion Alex Palou. Palou, who had his first taste of 2022 Formula 1 machinery yesterday with McLaren, was second-fastest of the five guest drivers in FP1, underlining the increasing profile of Formula 1 in America. The 25-year-old is also a former race winner in GP3 and previously competed in Formula 2.

Pole position is on the right side of the track at Austin.

F1 Starting Grid 2022 USA GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap TimePole gap
    155Carlos SainzFerrari1:34,356
    21Max VerstappenRed Bull1:34,448+0,092s
    344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:34,947+0,591s
    463George RussellWilliams1:34,988+0,632s
    518Lance StrollAston Martin1:35,598+1,242s
    64Lando NorrisMcLaren1:35,690+1,334s
    777Valtteri BottasMercedes1:36,319+1,963s
    823Alexander AlbonRed Bull1:36,368+2,012s
    911Sergio Pérez*Red Bull1:34,645+0,289s
  105Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:36,398+2,042s
  1110Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:36,740+2,384s
  1216Charles Leclerc*Ferrari1:34,421+0,065s
  1320Kevin MagnussenHaas1:36,949+2,593s
  1414Fernando Alonso*Alpine1:35,876+1,520s
  153Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:37,046+2,690s
  1647Mick SchumacherHaas1:37,111+2,755s
  176Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:37,244+2,888s
  1824Zhou Guanyu*Alfa Romeo1:36,970+2,614s
  1922Yuki Tsunoda*AlphaTauri1:37,147+2,791s
 PL31Esteban Ocon*Alpine1:37,068+2,712s


  • Charles Leclerc, Ferrari #16 - 10 places grid penalty for use of additional power unit elements.
  • Fernando Alonso, Alpine #14 - 5 places grid penalty for use of additional power unit elements.
  • Sergio Pérez, Red Bull #11 - 5 places grid penalty for use of additional power unit elements.
  • Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo #24 - 5 places grid penalty for use of additional power unit elements.
  • Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri #22 - 5 places grid penalty for use of additional restricted-number of components.
  • Esteban Ocon, Alpine #31 - Required to start from the pit lane - Car modified whilst under Parc Fermé conditions and additional power unit elements have been used

Best 2022 USA F1 Grand Prix Race Strategy

The best strategy for the 56-lap United States Grand Prix is likely to be a two-stopper, using the P Zero Yellow medium tyres and the P Zero White hard tyres – owing to the high degree of degradation on the soft.

The fastest way seems set to be one medium stint followed by two stints on the hard: although medium-hard-medium could be a good way forward too. As always, the tyres that each driver has left in their individual allocations will influence the strategy.

A three-stopper is not to be excluded: especially because there is only a short pit lane time loss in Austin and plenty of possibilities to overtake.

F1 Starting Grid 2022 USA Grand Prix

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8 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Starting Grid 2022 USA Grand Prix

  1. David Gladwin

    Back in the day when we had penalties or just a not-so-good car and you were pushed back on a tight circuit it was easier to just poddle around and finish quietly or pull in. The rules have to exist but in some ways it can spoil the game when L driving his FIAT is no longer in contention to keep up the fight. Unless something goes very wrong you can see the result now. Sorry about RBs loss especially as he won't see the Constructor's Trophy after all his work.

  2. ReallyOldRacer

    Latest from the US, home of the fastest growing audience in F1. Quali was only available on something called ESPNnews. Even Ted's crapass 'notebook' was on ESPN3. Great exposure guys. Go for the gusto.

    • shroppyfly

      You sound decidedly unimpressed Ror ...! , for non UK f1 fans surely the way to go is using a vpn? to get the excellent bbc live commentary "god bless the bbc , but sod off im not paying your crappy licence fee" and use an IPTV Smarters app for live sky visuals, legal, course its legal , I use the Rb accountancy method .


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