Leclerc secures third home Pole in Monaco, Ferrari celebrates milestone

In a thrilling qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc clinched his third career pole position on home soil with a remarkable lap time of 1:10.270. This achievement not only solidified Leclerc’s reputation on the iconic street circuit but also marked a historic 250th pole position for Ferrari in Formula 1.

Leclerc’s stellar performance thwarted Max Verstappen’s bid to set a record for the most consecutive pole positions. Instead, it was McLaren’s Oscar Piastri who emerged as Leclerc’s closest competitor, securing second place on the grid, though still trailing by 0.154 seconds. Carlos Sainz added to Ferrari’s success by qualifying third, resulting in a Ferrari one-three finish.

The session also saw McLaren perform strongly, with Piastri’s teammate locking in the fourth position, creating a promising lineup for the team alongside Ferrari. George Russell and Max Verstappen will start from the third row, reflecting the competitive nature of the session.

Lewis Hamilton, starting from the fourth row alongside Yuki Tsunoda, and Alex Albon and Pierre Gasly, completing the top 10, all demonstrated strong showings in the intense qualifying battle.

A major upset occurred in Q1, as both Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso were unexpectedly eliminated early, adding a dramatic twist to the weekend’s proceedings.

As the teams prepare for the race, Ferrari and McLaren’s front-row lockout promises an exciting contest on the streets of Monaco.

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