Formula 1, Leclerc's Ferrari on pole in Monaco. Sainz third


By John

Charles Leclerc on Ferrari he conquers a fantastic pole position in the Monaco Grand Prix, the eighth round of the Formula 1 season. He does so by setting a super time of 1.10.270 in front of his people, on his home track, interrupting the domination in qualifying of Max Verstappen (so far he has always started in front of everyone). This time the Dutchman from Red Bull doesn't go beyond a sixth time, which will force him to perform a real miracle to take yet another success tomorrow. McLaren will start in the front row with the Monegasque Oscar Piastrifollowed by the other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. Fourth half for Lando Norris, fifth George Russell on Mercedes, while the other Red Bull's Sergio Perezeliminated even in Q1, will start 18th. This is the starting grid for the Monte Carlo Grand Prix: 1 Leclerc, 2 Piastri, 3 Sainz, 4 Norris, 5 Russell, 6 Verstappen, 7 Hamilton, 8 Tsunoda, 9 Albon, 10 Gasly, 11 Ocon, 12 Hulkenberg, 13 Ricciardo, 14 Stroll, 15 Magnussen, 16 Alonso, 17 Sargeant, 18 Perez, 19 Bottas, 20 Zhou.

Leclerc, “Special pole here, but no mistakes tomorrow”

Pole position here always gives special sensations, tomorrow we absolutely must win.” These are the words of Charles Leclerc, Ferrari driver interviewed immediately after qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, following the pole position achieved at the end of the qualifying session on the Monte Carlo circuit. «A great qualifying, with always very special sensations on this track. I'm happy with this lap, with a very high level of enthusiasm – says the Ferrari driver – However, I know that qualifying isn't everything, as important as it is. You have to put everything together in the race, unlike what has been done in the past. The team is strong and we are in a great position, I need a good start and once I do that I hope that Sainz can also follow me in second position. Whatever happens, we absolutely have to bring the victory home.”

For the Monegasque it is the third pole on his home track, but so far he has never managed to achieve a single podium. Third time instead for the other Red car driven by Carlos Sainz: «There was a good improvement for me, up until now I had struggled a lot and lacked a bit of confidence in the car. Third place is good but I would have liked to fight for pole – the Spaniard comments – the pace is good anyway and anything can happen tomorrow, but the priority is to win with Charles (Leclerc, ed.) tomorrow.”