Alex Kalinauckas

F1 Monaco GP: Leclerc takes pole at home as Perez suffers late crash

Leclerc had led his teammate carlos sainz before the final laps of Q3, with its 1m11.376s the benchmark time for pole.

Perez looked to be Red Bull’s best hope for pole after passing FP3 and leading Max Verstappen throughout qualifying and he followed Leclerc on the final soft tire flyers, set two for the top three riders in the final segment.

Leclerc set a purple sector in the opening third of his final effort – he finished with the fastest time of the three based on his 1m11.376s lap – while the following Perez could not replicate a record staff at that time.

As Leclerc exited the tunnel, Perez lost the back of his Red Bull and smashed the rear right of his car into the barriers as Portier exited, after which Sainz also spun when he rounded the right-hander and found the Red Bull destroyed. .

Sainz therefore hit the front right wheel of Perez’s car and was also blocked, with red flags flying and preventing any late improvement or change of position as there was less than a minute left in Q3 and no chance of it being restarted .

It cemented Leclerc’s second straight pole in Monaco, with Sainz’s best time since the start of Q3 putting him 0.225s behind, with Perez third thanks to his 1m11.629s.

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport pictures

Verstappen ran a series of softs throughout as he opted to continue chasing the flag, finishing fourth and unable to improve – he had just set a personal best in the first sector which was 0, 1 second off Leclerc’s time – due to his teammate’s incident.

Lando Norris placed fifth just before the leaders started their final laps, with george russell sixth for mercedes.

Alpineit is Fernando Alonso took seventh – but he too had a late crash, ending up in the Mirabeau barriers around the same time Perez and Sainz were crushed further down the hill in sector two.

Lewis Hamilton finished eighth with Sebastian Vettel and Esteban Ocon completing the top 10.

Leclerc led the middle segment of the session, which marked an ominous moment for the Ferrari driver as he missed his call to visit the FIA ​​weighbridge with just over five minutes of Q2 remaining.

Luckily for Leclerc he stopped in the pit lane before returning to his garage and so could be pushed back by his mechanics to be weighed – which should mean he won’t receive a sporting penalty, as the return to the Ferrari pits risked qualifying disqualification.

At the end of T2, Yuki Tsunoda failed to produce a personal best when it mattered and he was knocked out in 11th.

Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport pictures

Valtteri Bottas fell from 15th to 12th place in his last run, with Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher also their fastest times of the session on their last flyers behind.

They finished 13th and 15th, sandwiching McLarenit is Daniel Ricardowho also set a personal best at the end of Q2 but couldn’t do better than 14th.

In Q1, which Leclerc also overcame, Tsunoda cut the inside wall at the hairpin and immediately punctured with just over two minutes of that segment remaining, with red flags flying accordingly.

This led to a huge queue at the end of pit lane as drivers below the top five at the time raced to try and secure a final lap, with the changing track being a major factor in the progression of the first sessions as the rubber fell and the drivers gained confidence.

But the gaps appearing between the cars in the long snake leaving the pit lane meant that several drivers missed a chance to even start a final flyer, with Pierre Gasly and Zhou Guanyu eliminated in 17th and 20th as a result – the banker’s effort from the first slowly shuffled the order until Tsunoda Alpha Tauri teammate was eliminated with the option of posting one last effort.

Alex Albon had led the queuing cars at the end of the pit lane and managed to post a personal best with his final lap, but was then pushed down as others behind found time.

This was particularly the case with the Tsunoda and the two McLaren drivers, who all jumped from the drop zone with their final Q1 laps to leave Albon 16th and out.

Spear Stroll could not post a better time in his last race in Q1 and was dropped, shouting into his team radio, in 18th, ahead Nicholas Latifiwho saved his best for last but couldn’t do better than 19th.

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