Verstappen wins dramatic qualifying battle against Hamilton to start US GP on pole

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• Max Verstappen qualified in first place for the 2021 US Grand Prix.

• The driver was embroiled in a battle for top spot with Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez.

• The final result was confirmed at the end of a very dramatic session.

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Max Verstappen secured pole position for today's (24 October) US Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez. Verstappen and Red Bull turned their fortunes around since Friday practice, having made up ground to the might of the Mercedes team. At the end of the first practice session, Verstappen was 0.9 seconds off Valtteri Bottas' time, but they turned the deficit into an advantage when it mattered.

Hamilton apologized to his Mercedes team for missing out on pole position, but the driver put up a massive show to take the fight to the resurgent Red Bulls. Verstappen's teammate, Perez, looked poised to take pole position, but his final attempt was not as good as he would have liked.

READ: F1 WRAP | 2021 United States Grand Prix - Verstappen grabs pole ahead of Hamilton

Hamilton's teammate, Bottas, qualified in fourth place, but will start ninth following a five-place grid penalty for taking his sixth engine for the season.

The Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were fifth and sixth, respectively, followed by McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris. Pierre Gasly and AlphaTauri teammate, Yuki Tsunoda, complete the top ten.

Verstappen said after qualifying: "It was exciting out there! P1 and P3 for the team is a very strong performance. I hope to have a good start tomorrow for the best possible result."

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