Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has taken pole position in today’s, May 22, qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Monégasque driver has broken the hold Mercedes and Red Bull has had on pole this season, though could potentially start further back after crashing later the session bringing qualifying to an early end.
Charles Leclerc said: “Mixed feelings today. On the one hand, being on pole here is amazing. I was quite happy with my fastest lap in Q3. The first sector wasn’t ideal, but in the second and third, I put it together. I knew I could do better but I pushed too hard on my final lap trying to improve.
“Unfortunately, I hit the wall and now all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope that the damage won’t result in a penalty.
Of course, it is encouraging to see our performance, but I believe that it’s a bit of a one-off as the track suits the characteristics of our SF21 really well. That’s why we were so competitive today. We have to keep in mind that we are still not at the level of the two teams leading the championship, but for now, it does feel great to have extracted the maximum today.
“Whatever the outcome, I will give my all tomorrow. It feels great to be at home and to see all the fans around the track. It’s Monaco, it’s very unpredictable, and also challenging for us drivers, especially in the race with so many laps. It’s a great challenge and we will try to put everything together to get a good result.”
It was however familiar faces in second and third with Max Verstappen’s Red Bull beating Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas as Ferrari also got fourth with Carlos Sainz.
McLaren’s Lando Norris finished fifth ahead of Pierre Gasly for AlphaTauri with Lewis Hamilton having a lot to do from seventh.
Former champion Sebastian Vettel will start from eighth for Aston Martin with Red Bull driver Sergio Perez in ninth and Antonio Giovinazzi for Alfa Romeo in tenth.
Esteban Ocon for Alpine finished ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll in thirteenth.
Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Räikkönen will start from fourteenth, Williams driver George Russell from fifteenth with AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda leading the rookies in sixteenth.
Alpine’s Fernando Alonso finished ahead of Williams Nicholas Latifi with Haas driver Nikita Mazepin in nineteenth ahead of teammate Mick Schumacher who didn’t take part in qualifying after crashing in the final free practice session.