Leclerc again on pole at home

Leclerc again on pole at home

This Saturday, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) took pole position during the Monaco Grand Prix, for the third time in his career. The Monegasque will start on Sunday ahead of Oscar Piastri (McLaren), while Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will start from 6th position.

At home, Charles Leclerc continues to shine! Indeed, after having signed the best times during the second and third free practice sessions, the Monegasque achieved pole position this Saturday during the Monaco Grand Prix. Thus, for the 3rd time in his career (after 2021 and 2022), the driver of the Ferrari team will start in the lead in the Principality, where he will be keen to finally win in the race this Sunday.

During qualifying, after having performed well in Q1 (5th time) and Q2 (4th time), Leclerc achieved the best time of the day in 1’10”270. At the arrival, the Monegasque finished ahead of the Australian Oscar Piatri (McLaren), who was slightly slower than the local on the stage, or his teammate at Ferrari, the Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr. Recently winner of the Miami GP at the beginning of May, the Briton Lando Norris (McLaren) will start from 4th position.

Towards a complicated Sunday for Red Bull?

On the other hand, the big surprise of the day came from the Red Bull drivers. Indeed, after the surprise elimination of the Mexican Sergio Pérez from Q1 (like Fernando Alonso), Max Verstappen did not manage to continue his flawless performance in the exercise. Because, after having signed the first seven pole positions of the season, the Dutchman will start this time only from 6th place. In Q3, during his last attempt, the three-time Formula 1 world champion hit the wall and saw his hopes of 1st place disappear.

The latter will therefore have to do very hard this Sunday to play the leading roles in Monaco. On the Alpine side, this Saturday was rather encouraging because Pierre Gasly was able to participate in Q3, which is a first for the French team this season, and will be 10th on the starting grid. His teammate and compatriot Esteban Ocon will start just behind him (11th).

Q3 ranking – Saturday May 25, 2024
1- Charles Leclerc (MCO/Ferrari) in 1’10”270
2- Oscar Piastri (AUS/McLaren) at 0”154
3- Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) at 0”248
4- Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren) at 0”272
5- George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) at 0”273
6- Max Verstappen (PBS/Red Bull) à 0’’297
7- Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) at 0”351
8- Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/Racing Bulls) at 0”588
9- Alex Albon (THA/Williams) at 0”678
10- Pierre Gasly (FRA/Alpine) at 1”041

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