Miami GP: Charles Leclerc claims third pole position of the season, ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc claimed pole position for Sunday's Miami GP, with the current championship leader finishing ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz.

Charles Leclerc stole the headlines during Saturday's Miami GP qualifying, with the Ferrari driver topping the timesheets in all three sessions.

Carlos Sainz will start alongside Leclerc during tomorrow's race, with the Spaniard qualifying second, 0.2s behind the Monagasque's lap time of 1:28.696s

It was a marked improvement for Sainz after he crashed out of both Imola and Australia in recent races, leaving the 27-year-old down in fifth in the driver standings with just 38 championship points.

The Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez occupy the second row for the Grand Prix, with the reigning world champion messing up his final flying lap to only finish third.

Valtteri Bottas continued his strong start with Alfa Romeo by qualifying fifth ahead of former Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, while Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris start 7th and 8th.

George Russell showed glimpses of pace throughout the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, but the 24-year-old Brit endured a frustrating qualifying session around Miami, finishing 12th after struggling with traffic around the new track.

Fernando Alonso will start 11th after narrowly missing out on Q3, while his Alpine teammate Estaban Ocon will start at the back of the grid after he was unable to participate due to chassis damage caused in practice.

Haas' fairytale comeback has stalled as of late, but Guenther Steiner will be happy with Mick Schumacher's qualifying pace - the young German driver out-qualified his teammate Kevin Magnussen, with the Haas pairing starting 15th and 16th on Sunday evening.

Final standings

Charles Leclerc [Ferrari]

Carlos Sainz [Ferrari]

Max Verstappen [Red Bull]

Sergio Perez [Red Bull]

Valtteri Bottas [Alfa Romeo]

Lewis Hamilton [Mercedes]

Pierre Gasly [Alpha Tauri]

Lando Norris [McLaren]

Yuki Tsunoda [Alpha Tauri]

Lance Stroll [Aston Martin]

Fernando Alonso [Alpine]

George Russell [Mercedes]

Sebastian Vettel [Aston Martin]

Daniel Ricciardo [McLaren]

Mick Schumacher [Haas]

Kevin Magnussen [Haas]

Zhou Guanyu [Alfa Romeo]

Alex Albon [Williams]

Nicholas Latifi [Williams]

Esteban Ocon [Alpine]

When is the race and how to watch

The Miami GP will start on Sunday, May 8 with the race start scheduled for 20:30 BST.

It's the inaugural race around the American circuit, with Charles Leclerc looking to extend his lead in the drivers championship.

Race start: 20:30 BST

How to watch: Sky Sports F1, or F1TV

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