Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris were the top drivers in the qualifying standings in Austin.

Carlos Sainz signed the seventh time. He is delighted with this result, which allows McLaren to dominate the group in the middle of the standings, and he hopes to do just as well in the race.

"Excellent qualifying today! Summed up the Spaniard. "We managed to operate the car as well as possible. Two very good laps in Q3 will allow me to start just behind the top teams, in seventh place. I expect a difficult day tomorrow, because the wind is still changing direction from yesterday, and that may complicate our race. "

"So, we will stay focused, work tonight and get the job done tomorrow. Congratulations to the whole team. It's always good to have both cars leading the group in the middle of the standings. "

Norris only had a new set of tires

Lando Norris will start from eighth place. He only had a set of new tires in Q3, which complicated his session, but he is satisfied.

"Acceptable qualifications," says Norris. "We did an acceptable job in Q1 and Q2. I just had a little traffic in Q1, on a lap, which means that I used a second set of tires, and that I only had one train for the last part. "

"My second stint was better every time and it was again the case in Q3, when I had only one chance, I had a little trouble because everyone had two sets of tires new. We did our best with seventh place for Carlos and eighth for me. "

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