Charles Leclerc takes pole in Azerbaijan, its fourth in a row after Emilia-Romagna, Miami, Spain and Monaco. The Monegasque will start ahead of the Red Bulls of Sergio Perezthe fit man of the moment and Max Verstappen. carlos sainz (Ferrari) and george russell (Mercedes) complete the top 5.
Started fifteen minutes late, Q1 was then heckled following the Aston Martin’s exits from the track. The first to go at fault is Sebastian Vettel which triggers a short yellow flag after leaving the track without consequence. A few minutes later, Spear Stroll hits a wall but manages to get back on track. A very short-lived joy since the same Canadian destroyed his single-seater by crashing into a new wall a few meters away, causing a red flag less than three minutes from the end. The two Williams and the Haas are the other eliminated from Q1.
The McLarens are the big losers of Q2 with the disappointing eleventh and twelfth places of lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and the two Alfa Romeos are the others eliminated from a session once again marked by a yellow flag caused by Vettel, yet a miracle in Q3 despite his small approximations.
In Q3, Sainz first set the fastest lap before seeing his teammate take pole with a time of 1:41.359. The Red Bulls, although on pace this weekend, will be satisfied with a top 3. Also note the good sixth place of Pierre Gasly. As for Lewis Hamiltonhe will start seventh, sandwiched between the two AlphaTauri.
See you on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. for Warm Up before the start of the eighth round of the season which will be followed in stride on the RTBF media.