Monaco GP: Leclerc confirms

Monaco GP: Leclerc confirms

Charles Leclerc set the best time in the third free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix at the wheel of his Ferrari, ahead of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

No one yet knows if Charles Leclerc will get on his first podium in Monaco, a home Grand Prix that is currently cursed for the 26-year-old driver. But the Monegasque is in great shape, a few dozen minutes before the qualifying session. Winner of the second free practice session late Friday afternoon, he also won the third this Saturday at midday, under the sun of the Principality.

The Ferrari driver set the best time mid-session, then improved it, ultimately signing a time of 1’11″369, on one of his 26 laps covered, a little slower than the day before. Charles Leclerc, on soft tires, like all the other drivers during their best lap, beat the current and former world champion, Max Verstappen finishing 197 thousandths behind in his Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton at 341 thousandths behind in his Mercedes. Oscar Piastri (McLaren) and Sergio Perez (Red Bull) complete the Top 5.

Verstappen will aim for an eighth pole

During this session where many drivers complained about the traffic, which is nevertheless inherent to the Monaco Grand Prix, the only major incident was for Valtteri Bottas, who hit the barriers with his Sauber, like his teammate Guanyu Zhou on Friday, which caused a red flag for five minutes. Apart from that, Kevin Magnussen had a little scare in the tunnel and Lewis Hamilton had a big wheel lock, but nothing serious.

On the French side, Pierre Gasly had a better day than the day before, finishing eleventh, 775 thousandths behind Leclerc. Esteban Ocon was less energetic and finished 16th. The drivers will now prepare for the qualifying session, which will start at 4:00 p.m. and where Max Verstappen will aim for an eighth pole in eight Grands Prix this season.

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