Leclerc takes pole for Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates after profitable pole place REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

BAKU: Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc put in a blinding lap in Saturday’s qualifying to grab pole place for the Azerbaijan Method One Grand Prix.
The Monegasque lit up the timing screens with a one minute, 41.359 second lap, beating Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez by a useful 0.282 seconds.
His championship rival Max Verstappen, who holds a nine-point benefit over Leclerc within the general standings, was third 0.347 seconds adrift, whereas Carlos Sainz within the different Ferrari was fourth.
Leclerc’s efficiency on Saturday earned him his sixth pole from eight races to date this season, and fourth in a row.
It made the 24-year-old the primary driver to take a repeat pole across the Baku avenue monitor, having additionally began final yr’s Azerbaijan race from the entrance. If he converts it on Sunday, it will make him the race’s first a number of winner.
“This one I did not anticipate and I believed Purple Bull have been stronger,” mentioned Leclerc, who now has 15 profession poles.
“Within the final lap every thing got here collectively.”
Verstappen and Perez had taken turns on the prime of the timesheets throughout the first two phases of qualifying.
However Perez reported an engine problem whereas his Dutch crew mate, who let loose a pissed off sigh over the crew radio, mentioned his automotive didn’t fairly have the tempo to take the combat to his Ferrari rival. (Reporting by Abhishek Takle in Baku and Alan Baldwin in London; Modifying by Kevin Liffey and Clare Fallon)

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