“I want the win”– Charles Leclerc wants to bag the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as fate gives him another chance to start the race from pole.
If not for anyone, red flags are lately bringing luck for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, the Monegasque driver, once again bagged the pole position in qualifying ahead of the Sunday race.
With Ferrari showing good strategy and settling well with Baku City Circuit’s terrain, Leclerc is eyeing for a win, as after the pole position, nothing more could add more to their podium prospects.
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“I want the win and I will push for it but on the other hand we have our main rivals which are McLaren and we shouldn’t forget that, so we will try to make the best race but it will be very difficult to keep them [Red Bull / Mercedes] behind,” said Leclerc.
Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz also has a decent shot at grabbing a podium, as he would be starting from P5 on Sunday.
A significant advantage over McLaren
Till Monaco, Ferrari and McLaren had an entertaining battle, but things are changing slowly; with McLaren already having Daniel Ricciardo from P13, the management couldn’t expect much from him at this moment.
And adding salt to their existing wounds, Lando Norris has been given a three-grid spot penalty for violating the red flag instruction on Saturday.
This means Norris, who initially got a P6 start, will now be starting from P9, promoting Sergio Perez, Yuki Tsunoda and Fernando Alonso in the way.
Either McLaren has to push extremely hard or should start thinking about the French Grand Prix already; like any other Mercedes engine team, the Woking-based team has also struggled here, with Norris constantly spinning during FPs and Ricciardo eventually crashing during the qualifying.