Charles Leclerc (6/4 – F1 Drivers’ Championship Outright) says he is “incredibly happy” after securing pole position for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix as Ferrari locked out the front row.
Leclerc was dominant on home soil as he ended up 0.225 seconds clear of team-mate Carlos Sainz, who was involved in a crash late on in qualifying with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez at Portier.
The red flags did come out but it made no difference to the final standings and the Monegasque will be joined on the front row by Ferrari team-mate Sainz, who will be hoping to break his F1 duck this weekend.
Despite the crash, Perez will start Sunday’s GP third on the grid, ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen (8/11 – Drivers’ Championship Outright), while McLaren’s Lando Norris is in fifth and the Mercedes of George Russell will start in sixth.
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Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and the second Silver Arrow of Lewis Hamilton are seventh and eighth, respectively, while Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel is ninth and the other Alpine of Esteban Ocon is 10th.
Speaking after the chaotic end to qualifying, Leclerc said, as quoted by Sky Sports: “It is very special. I’m so incredibly happy. It’s been a very smooth weekend until now, I knew that the pace was in the car and I just had to do the job.
“It went perfectly. That last lap before the Red Flag was really, really good. Anyway, it didn’t change anything for us. The car felt amazing and it’s great to have Carlos with me on the front row.
“Dry conditions are a bit more predictable but whatever comes, we are competitive so we will be fine.”
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