Monaco GP: Home-hero Leclerc on pole despite Q3 crash

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will start his home race on pole position despite crashing in the final minute of Q3 and ruining his Ferrari.

Qualifying came to an abrupt end after the Monegasque driver found himself in the barriers in the final sector of the track with less than a minute to go.

This put an end to laps of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas who were both setting fast sector times before the red flag came out.

In the end, a 1m10.346s lap from Leclerc was good enough for pole but there will be concerns as to what damage the Ferrari has ahead of tomorrow’s race.

Verstappen will line up on the front row and will look to make inroads in the championship, Bottas put his Mercedes in third.

Carlos Sainz continues a strong weekend with a fourth place in qualifying, Lando Norris will start the Monaco Grand Prix in fifth ahead of Pierre Gasly.

The stand-out result of qualifying is Lewis Hamilton, who will start down in seventh tomorrow, meaning it will be tricky to move through the pack around the Monaco streets.

Sebastian Vettel ended his qualifying in eighth ahead of Sergio Perez who will be disappointed with ninth place.

Antonio Giovinazzi will start tomorrow’s race from tenth on the grid.

Esteban Ocon just missed out on Q3, the Frenchman ended qualifying in 11th ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who’s tough start to 2021 continues in 12th.

Lance Stroll could only manage 13th for Aston Martin, Kimi Raikkonen joins the Canadian on seventh row of the grid.

George Russell continues his streak of finishing ahead of a teammate with Williams, ending qualifying in 15th.

Yuki Tsunoda will begin his first Monaco Grand Prix from 16th, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Nicholas Latifi.

Nikita Mazepin ended qualifying in 19th, his teammate Mick Schumacher did not head out after a crash in FP3 caused too much damage to his Haas and will start the Monaco Grand Prix last.