F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Leclerc takes Monaco GP pole – Autosport

After the twice red-flagged qualifying period, it was Leclerc who earned the all-important pole for Sunday’s Grand Prix on a track where overtaking is famously difficult.
He pipped Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez – who both crashed out of Q3 in the dying seconds – after the one-hour qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 before the top-10 shootout of Q3.
Leclerc set the early bar at 1m12.939s before going faster still with a 1m12.569s, with Sainz 0.047s down.
Behind, Russell jumped ahead of the Red Bulls to third just before the session was red-flagged with 2m25s on the clock as Yuki Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri clipped the wall at the Nouvelle Chicane.
At the restart, Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and Lando Norris (McLaren) jumped up to fourth and fifth respectively.
Falling at the first hurdle were Alex Albon (Williams), Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Nicholas Latifi (Williams) and Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), who didn’t get to the flag in time to start a final run.
This time Verstappen set the early pace at 1m12.551s, although this was quickly beaten for the P1 spot by Sainz and then Perez.
Leclerc stayed out for a second push lap and went fastest of all at 1m11.864s, with Perez getting to within 0.09s, with Sainz third and Verstappen fourth.
Knocked out at this point were Tsunoda, Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Mick Schumacher (Haas).
On the first runs, Leclerc produced 1m11.376s out of the gate, 0.225s quicker than Sainz, with Perez and Verstappen both close behind the Spaniard.
On the final runs, Leclerc looked set to improve when Perez spun at Portier and was collected by Sainz, bringing out the red flags. Meanwhile, Alonso slid into the barrier at Mirabeau.
Perez will start third, ahead of Verstappen, Norris, Russell, Alonso, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine).
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