MAX VERSTAPPEN was denied pole position for Sunday's US Grand Prix after being penalised for breaking track limits.
The Dutchman looked to have taken P1 with his final flying lap on the Austin circuit but his time was deleted by the stewards for running wide at Turn 19.
Verstappen was pushing too hard and his time meant he only qualified down in sixth place.
Charles Leclerc took his third pole of the season for Ferrari while Lando Norris will line up in second place as McLaren continued to show improvements.
Norris said: "I am happy, it has been a good day. It was not expected and a good result for the team."
Lewis Hamilton qualified in third place in his Mercedes while Carlos Sainz will start fourth.
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Hamilton said: "I love being in the States.
"This is such a beautiful circuit, this is one of the best and up there with Silverstone. It is bumpy and incredibly challenging.
"We have taken a step closer to the other guys this weekend, they are still a bit further ahead."
Hamilton's first attempt at a flying lap was good enough for second place behind Leclerc.
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While Verstappen was also left fuming that he was held up by his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.
He had earlier snapped over the team's radio: "What the f*** was that in the last corner?"
Meanwhile, American driver Logan Sargeant had a miserable afternoon and qualified in last place in his Williams.
The under-pressure 22-year-old has retired in the last two races and is facing question marks about his future next season.
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