Charles Leclerc

Formula 1 News: Leclerc wins pole for 2024 Monaco GP

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc turned a lap of 1m10.270s to win the pole position for the 2024 Monaco GP F1 race.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

It was Leclerc’s third pole for the Monaco GP and his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. was 3rd, 0.248s behind Leclerc. Leclerc also topped FP2 and FP3.

“It was nice, the feeling after a qualifying lap is always special here<” said a happy Leclerc. “The excitement is so high, really happy with the lap. Now, I know more often than not qualifying is not everything here. It helps but we need to put everything together for Sunday, but we are a stronger team so we will. I need a great launch, hopefully Carlos can follow me through, and we can be 1-2 which will be an ideal scenario.”

“I think overall it was an improvement for me, as I’ve been struggling all weekend with the confidence in the car,” said Sainz. “Not entirely happy as I wish I could have been fighting for pole but Charles has been doing an amazing job.

55 Carlos Sainz, (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari during the Monaco GP, 23-26 May 2024 Montecarlo, Formula 1 World championship 2024.

“Yesterday, I looked very quick on the long runs so I’m confident tomorrow that the pace will be good, but it’s Monaco – anything can happen. We’ll give it our best shot.”

Oscar Piastri was 2nd in his McLaren, 0.154s behind Leclerc, once again out qualifying his McLaren teammate who was 4th. “If you took the second half of my first lap in Q3 and the first half of my second one, it would have been enough. But credit to Charles, he’s been incredibly quick all weekend, at times no one thought they’d get close to him.

“[Tomorrow] a good start always helps, if you can get into the lead you can control it but if not, a good strategy.”

George Russell was 5th for Mercedes, once again out qualifying his teammate Lewis Hamilton who was 7th. Russell leads that battle 7 to 1.

Max Verstappen glanced the Turn 1 wall on his final run and abandoned the lap and his chance to win a record 9 straight pole positions. He remains tied with Ayrton Senna with 8 straight and will start 6th on Sunday.

Everything eventually comes to an end, and this was always going to be a tough ask for Verstappen with a car that clearly doesn’t perform well around this track this year.

Sixth though, sixth is a very difficult slot to start in. There are some pretty fast cars ahead, and unless it rains, limited options on strategy.

How bad was the Red Bull around the streets of Monaco?

The 2nd Red Bull driver of Sergio Perez was eliminated in Q1 and will start 18th, risking his chances of continuing with Red Bull after this year.

Yuki Tsunoda, Alex Albon and Pierre Gasly rounded out the top-10.

This is the third time Leclerc has grabbed pole. But one of those he couldn’t even start the race, and the other he came home a gutting fourth.

Can he finally win from pole around the streets where he grew up? If he does, it will be a very famous victory indeed.

2024 Monaco GP Qualifying Results

Pos Driver Nat. Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m11.584s 1m10.825s 1m10.270s
2 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m11.500s 1m10.756s 1m10.424s
3 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m11.543s 1m11.075s 1m10.518s
4 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m11.760s 1m10.732s 1m10.542s
5 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m11.492s 1m10.929s 1m10.543s
6 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m11.711s 1m10.745s 1m10.567s
7 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m11.528s 1m11.056s 1m10.621s
8 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m11.852s 1m11.106s 1m10.858s
9 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m11.623s 1m11.216s 1m10.948s
10 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m11.714s 1m10.896s 1m11.311s
11 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m11.887s 1m11.285s
12 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m11.876s 1m11.440s
13 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m11.785s 1m11.482s
14 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m11.728s 1m11.563s
15 Kevin Magnussen DEN MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m11.832s 1m11.725s
16 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m12.019s
17 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing 1m12.020s
18 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m12.060s
19 Valtteri Bottas FIN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m12.512s
20 Zhou Guanyu CHN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m13.028s


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