Leclerc on pole for Monaco GP

GP MONACO F1/2022 - SABATO 28/05/2022 credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Monaco may not always produce a race that is teeming with passes on track and that’s why pole position is critical. Many feel that Saturday is the real entertainment and Sunday is, well, less so.

A few factors about this year’s race. It could rain, the cars are newer, bigger, heavier and more challenging to drive on the streets of Monaco and to add to the suspense, there seems to be some stalemate in the continued contract extension between Monaco and F1 as this is the last year on the existing contract.

If you wanted a terrific story, there may be none better than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who was born and raised in Monaco, taking pole position for Sunday’s race. He’ll be joined on the front row by teammate Carlos Sainz with the Red Bull’s of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen on the second row.

Charles looked strong in all three practice sessions but the final run in Q3 saw a red flag with Perez in the wall at Portier which scuttled Verstappen’s shot at pole position or at least the front row.

Verstappen was not happy and will start down in fourth which leaves a tremendous amount of work to do on a track that isn’t famous for passing. This means Red Bull have to be creative in how they get Max up to the front on Sunday and he first has to get by his teammate, Perez, and the other Ferrari of Sainz.

Ferrari have a perfect situation with Leclerc on pole with Sainz as a buffer to hold doff the two Red Bull’s. If it rains, that could be a real game-changer.

Monaco GP Qualifying Results:

1Charles LeclercFerrari1m12.569s1m11.864s1m11.376s
2Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m12.616s1m12.074s1m11.601s
3Sergio PérezRed Bull1m13.004s1m11.954s1m11.629s
4Max VerstappenRed Bull1m12.993s1m12.117s1m11.666s
5Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m12.927s1m12.266s1m11.849s
6George RussellMercedes1m12.787s1m12.617s1m12.112s
7Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m13.394s1m12.688s1m12.247s
8Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m13.444s1m12.595s1m12.56s
9Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m13.313s1m12.613s1m12.732s
10Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m12.848s1m12.528s1m13.047s
11Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m13.11s1m12.797s
12Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m13.541s1m12.909s
13Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m13.069s1m12.921s
14Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m13.338s1m12.964s
15Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m13.469s1m13.081s
16Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m13.611s
17Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m13.66s
18Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m13.678s
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m14.403s
20Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m15.606s
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Tim C

Oh how I’ll be praying for rain!