Leclerc on pole for Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Hamilton eighth
Charles Leclerc of Ferrari won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix’s pole position for the sixth time in his first eight starts this season.
The best was yet to come for Leclerc as he outpaced Red Bull’s Sergio Perez by 0.282 seconds on the penultimate lap.
Just 0.065 seconds separated Perez from teammate Max Verstappen in the penultimate lap.
However, a poor last-lap performance dropped Carlos Sainz to fourth place from first place in final qualifying.
Even though he made mistakes on important laps in the first and second qualifying sessions.
Leclerc kept his position as Formula 1’s qualifying king this year.
But in Baku, when it counted most, he put it all together to take the lead for the second time in a row.
Romain Leclerc claimed he was surprised by his pole position since he assumed Red Bull were stronger.
The first two qualifying sessions were the most difficult for me to perceive that we were quicker, but in Q3 I managed to put in a nice lap.
Since the third race of the season in Australia, where he turned a 46-point lead in the championship into a nine-point deficit to Verstappen.
Leclerc has failed to win from pole position.
There have been four straight wins for Red Bull.
But two of them have come after engine failures in Spain and a strategic blunder in Monaco that cost Leclerc victory.
After testing in Spain, Ferrari showed off a new change that driver.
Charles Leclerc said he was sure would help Ferrari compete with Red Bull on Sunday.
Leclerc is desperate for a victory
“Tomorrow is going to be a great day for me,” he stated.
Tyre management is a huge deal in this town. In addition, our racing speed has improved since we implemented the changes.
Because of an engine problem in the garage.
Perez feared he would miss out on pole position because he left the pits late and didn’t have a slipstream for his last lap.
Perez, who was supposed to be towed by Perez but had to go out on his own owing to a mechanical issue, was in the same situation.
In an interview, Verstappen remarked, “The start of the lap was nice, but then it ran away from me a wee bit, with a few small errors.
” Our positions in second and third place give us a decent chance for tomorrow, even if it’s not what I’d want.
While we may have a few hiccups on the first lap, our vehicle should hold up well for the course of the race.
Fifth-placed Mercedes’ George Russell was separated from teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.212 seconds thanks to Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly.
Wolff said that Hamilton was wasting time and money by trying an experimental setup that didn’t work and hurt the team’s performance overall.
If Hamilton was found to have driven too slowly in the second part of qualifying, he could get in trouble.
Yuki Tsunoda of Alpha Tauri came in eighth, ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin and Fernando Alonso of Alpine.
Both Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo finished in the top ten of the race for McLaren.
Norris is being looked into just like Hamilton, who was driving the Mercedes when the accident happened.
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