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F1 LIVE: Latest updates from Monaco Grand Prix as Charles Leclerc starts on pole

Charles Leclerc Says Losing Monaco GP Would Be A ‘Bad Move’

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc secured pole position with an incredible lap in Saturday’s Formula 1 qualifying session and will be looking to complete a sensational home victory at the Monaco Grand Prix this afternoon. The Prancing Horse locked out on the front row with Leclerc’s teammate, Carlos Sainz, taking second ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez despite the pair colliding at the end of qualifying after the Red Bull ran into the barriers.

The current world champion and title race leader Max Verstappen could only manage fourth after struggling to get the most out of his car on the famous street circuit. Leclerc is six points behind Verstappen in the standings and has a great opportunity to leap ahead of the Dutchman as pole position is vital for the race due to the lack of overtaking opportunities around the track.

McLaren’s Lando Norris battled to take fifth on the grid ahead of Mercedes’ George Russell, who again out-qualified seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, who will start in eighth.

Follow all the action from the Monaco Grand Prix:


Lewis Hamilton hopes rain can spare him from more misery at Monaco Grand Prix

Hamilton’s brilliant comeback drive to fifth at the Spanish Grand Prix a week ago provided him with some hope that he can haul himself back into the title mix.

But Hamilton, already 64 points behind championship leader Max Verstappen heading into the seventh round of 22, is poised to lose further ground on Monte Carlo’s impossible-to-overtake streets.

While the principality has bathed in sizzling sun so far this weekend, there is a six in 10 chance that rain could impact Sunday’s race.

Michael Jones29 May 2022 12:33


Monaco Grand Prix

The drivers are arriving in the paddock ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix. The race is set to get underway around 2pm but there are a few dark clouds around which could come into play later on if it starts to rain.

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Michael Jones29 May 2022 12:28


Charles Leclerc claims home Monaco Grand Prix pole with Max Verstappen fourth

The Ferrari driver, born and raised on Monte Carlo’s famous streets, held his nerve to deliver an almighty lap under pressure as team-mate Carlos Sainz joined him on the front row.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez will start third, with Max Verstappen, who leads Leclerc by six points in the championship standings, fourth.

Michael Jones29 May 2022 12:23


What is the starting grid?

Ferrari were the big winners throughout practice and qualifying. Charles Leclerc topped the leaderboard during both of Friday’s practice runs before Sergio Perez took first place in the third and final practice on Saturday morning.

When it came to qualifying the Monegasque put in a blistering lap and was backed up by teammate Carlos Sainz to lock out the top two positions for Ferrari.

Here’s how the full grid looks for today’s race:

1) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

3) Sergio Perez, Red Bull

4) Max Verstappen, Red Bull

6) George Russell, Mercedes

7) Fernando Alonso, Alpine

8) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

9) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin

11) Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri

12) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo

13) Kevin Magnussen, Haas

14) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren

15) Mick Schumacher, Haas

17) Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri

18) Lance Stroll, Aston-Martin

19) Nicholas Latifi, Williams

20) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo

Michael Jones29 May 2022 12:18


Follow all the latest news and updates from the Monaco Grand Prix as Charles Leclerc starts on pole…

Lawrence Ostlere29 May 2022 12:13


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