Perez takes pole in Miami and continues to chase Verstappen

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Sergio Perez will start from pole at the Miami Grand Prix, where he was cleared to race for both victory and the championship.

Perez leads his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen by just six points in the championship standings and team boss Christian Horner has promised Miami to allow the drivers to race for the title. Verstappen, the two-time reigning F1 champion, and Perez each have two wins this year as Red Bull swept all four races and finished 1-2 on three occasions.

The pole for Perez was the third of his career, but the other two were on the Jeddah street circuit. Perez won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and will look to do two in a row on Sunday.

“Checo! Checo! Checo!” the crowd chanted Perez as they waved Mexican flags.

He said Saturday’s qualifying effort was a massive turnaround after struggling through all three practice sessions.

“Everything became more lively and we were just playing with the tools and we got the rounds we needed,” Perez said before explaining why he was having such a difficult weekend.

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