Charles Leclerc will start from pole position in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the eighth round of the Formula One World Championship scheduled for tomorrow. With a time of 1 ’41 “359, the Monegasque of Ferrari preceded Sergio Perez’s Red Bull. Third time and second row for Max Verstappen, fourth time for Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari.
Yet another pole position of the season by Ferrari and Charles Leclerc in Formula 1. On the semi-city circuit of Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the Monegasque driver collects the sixth best time in qualifying out of eight GPs, putting himself back in the most advantageous conditions in sight of a race where the Rossa shows a super consistent race pace. The Ferrari driver in the front row will be accompanied by Sergio Perez and not Max Verstappen, only third: after the triumph in Monaco the Mexican of Red Bull continues to go strong and undermine the leadership of the world champion in the Austrian team. Carlos Sainz will start behind the flying Dutchman, fourth ahead of an excellent Gerge Russell, once again faster than the most famous teammate in Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, seventh behind also Pierre Gasly’s Alpha Tauri.
In short, Leclerc’s was a new masterpiece in qualifying in Baku: he is the fifteenth in his career and with Ferrari, the same as Felipe Massa (better than him with the Reds only Michael Schumacher and Niki Lauda with 58 and 23 pole respectively ): “The lap seemed good to me. All the poles are good, but I didn’t expect this one. I thought Red Bull were stronger, especially after Q1 and Q2 – the first words of the Monegasque after taking the front row – I had a hard time believing we could be fast. But in the end I put it all together and managed to do a good lap. I’m very happy. The race? I’m excited for tomorrow. Tire management will be important. In terms of race pace. we have grown since we brought the updates. Tomorrow will be interesting. ” Starting from the front, Leclerc will have one more chance to gain in the standings over Verstappen at the head of the World Championship with a nine-point lead over the Ferrari driver: “The start of the lap was good. Then – says the Dutch Red Bull driver – I lost something, because I made some small mistakes. It’s not ideal but today I had to struggle a bit to find the right balance between front and rear on the flying lap, so that’s not what I wanted, but as a team being 2nd and 3rd gives us a good opportunity for tomorrow. The race pace? We will find out tomorrow – concludes Verstappen – We are missing something on the flying lap, but on the race distance our car is doing very well “. A hint of disappointment for the other Ferrari driver Sainz who with the best lap on his first attempt in Q3 could give us hope for an all-red front row: “Here in Baku it happens: when you think you have found the limit you go look for something more and today I went too far to look for that limit, which I exceeded – the Spaniard admitted – Today we could have done 1-2 with a good lap, but I’m happy with the car “. And as soon as the fight for pole was over, Lapo Elkann’s words of encouragement for Sainz arrived on Twitter: “Bravo Carlos, you made an exceptional first attempt. Fourth place is very good. Tomorrow the race will be a whole other story and I’m sure you’ll do well. You and Charles can write the story of the pony together. “
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