Leclerc takes pole at Azerbaijan GP

BAKU CITY CIRCUIT, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 05: Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, leads Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF21 during the Azerbaijan GP at Baku City Circuit on Saturday June 05, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Sutton / LAT Images)

It was a crazy qualifying session replete with multiple red flags and redemption for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc taking pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Leclerc crashed on the final run in Q3 at Monaco but it was his first run in Q3 in Baku that saw him secure pole position as the final runs were spoiled by Yuki Tsunoda’s crash. A total of four red flags during qualifying on Saturday made for a crazy and hectic session.

A herculean effort by Mercedes to methodically work on their car to get Lewis Hamilton up to second on the grid followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Ultimately Baku is ripe with overtakes and both Red Bull and Mercedes may have better tire wear on long runs so Ferrari will have a lot of work to do on Sunday.

Lando Norris secured a grid penalty for a red flag infraction moving him down into 9th for the start of the race.

Qualifying Result:

1Charles LeclercFerrari1m42.241s1m41.659s1m41.218s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m41.545s1m41.634s1m41.45s
3Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1m41.76s1m41.625s1m41.563s
4Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1m42.288s1m41.932s1m41.565s
5Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m42.121s1m41.74s1m41.576s
6Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m42.167s1m41.813s1m41.747s
7Sergio PérezRed Bull-Honda1m41.968s1m41.63s1m41.917s
8Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda1m42.521s1m41.654s1m42.211s
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m42.934s1m42.195s1m42.327s
10Valtteri BottasMercedes1m42.701s1m42.106s1m42.659s
11Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m42.46s1m42.224s
12Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m42.426s1m42.273s
13Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m42.304s1m42.558s
14Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m42.923s1m42.587s
15George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1m42.728s1m42.758s
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m43.128s
17Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m44.158s
18Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1m44.238s
19Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes
20Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari
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