“It was quite a s*** lap I thought!” – Ferrari have continued their resurgence with Charles Leclerc securing yet another pole this season, at Baku in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
In what was a crazy qualifying session, or rather “a stupid” one, as described by Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc secured pole position for tomorrow’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Pole position number NINE 🙌
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The session got disrupted multiple times, causing Red Flags in the process. The first to go out was Lance Stroll in his Aston Martin, followed by Antonio Giovinazzi in his Alfa Romeo, both in the first qualifying session.
Daniel Ricciardo added to the Red Flags by crashing himself in Q2 and will start P13 tomorrow. The final Red Flag, in the final session, caused after Yuki Tsunoda and Carlos Sainz crashed their AlphaTauri and Ferrari respectively, proved crucial at the top with the day’s proceedings getting stopped.
At this point, Charles Leclerc was leading the timings’ chart, just like how he did in his home race at Monaco. Lewis Hamilton recovered from a poor Friday to finish P2, although he did help Leclerc with slipstream. Hamilton’s arch-rival will start behind him in P3 tomorrow.
Leclerc had this to say after winning pole, clearly delighted, secretly hoping he gets to start the race tomorrow, unlike at Monaco.
“It was quite a s*** lap I thought! There were like two or three corners where I did mistakes, but of course, I had the big tow from Lewis in the last sector which helped me a little bit.
“But overall I think we would have been there or thereabouts for pole without the slipstream, so it’s a good day. I did not expect to be as competitive as we were today. I was improving again [before] the red flag but it’s like this, another pole, and I’m happy anyway.”