And if it was finally the right weekend for Charles Leclerc? The one where he manages to finish his Grand Prix, at his home in Monaco, after three unsuccessful attempts. In any case, the Ferrari driver was the fastest this Saturday in qualifying. He will start on pole position on Sunday, ahead of his teammate, Spaniard Carlos Sainz.
The Red Bulls had to settle for the second row, with the Mexican Sergio Pérez ahead of the Dutchman Max Verstappen, reigning world champion who took the lead in the general classification at the expense of Leclerc thanks to his victory in the Spanish Grand Prix, last Sunday.
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The last session of qualifying was cut short after the crash against the safety barriers of Pérez, struck in stride by Sainz at the entrance to the tunnel. “I was on my lap, I saw the yellow flag, I braked and tried to avoid it as best I could,” explained the Spaniard.
The Briton Lando Norris (McLaren) completes the top 5. Followed by his compatriot George Russell (Mercedes), 6th in qualifying, the Spaniard Fernando Alonso (Alpine), 7th, the Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 8th, the German Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), 9th and the French Esteban Ocon (Alpine), 10th.
Pierre Gasly unhappy
Earlier in qualifying, the first part (Q1) was interrupted a few minutes by a red flag after Japanese Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) crashed into a safety barrier. To the chagrin of his teammate, the Frenchman Pierre Gasly, in good shape since the start of the weekend, but who suffered the full brunt of the arrival of this flag. He was unable to complete his last fast lap to join the second part of qualifying and will start Sunday from 17th position.
On the Monegasque track, not conducive to overtaking in the narrow streets, the positions on the grid are crucial. They will be all the more important as the rain could arrive at the start of the race on Sunday.