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Charles Leclerc on Pole at Monaco

16 LECLERC Charles (mco), Scuderia Ferrari SF-24, action during the Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2024, 2nd round of the 2024 Formula One World Championship from March 7 to 9, 2024 on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Photo Xavi Bonilla / DPPI

Charles Leclerc was able to secure the Formula 1 pole for his home race, the Monaco Grand Prix.

It is the Monagasque driver’s third pole in four years at his home race. He’s never been able to convert a pole into a race win on the legendary streets of Monte Carlo.

Oscar Piastri came just a blink of an eye short of taking his first career pole and will start second, while Carlos Sainz makes it two Ferraris in the top three with third.

“It was nice,” Leclerc said in the podium interview. “The feeling after a qualifying lap is always very special here. The excitement level is so high, it feels really good.

“However, I know more often than not in the past, qualifying is not everything. As much as it helps for Sunday’s race, we have to put everything together. In the past years, we haven’t been able to do so. We are a stronger team, with a stronger position. I’m sure we can achieve great things tomorrow, and obviously the win is the target.”


Max Verstappen, already in a rough weekend so far, tagged the wall on his final hot lap, denying the defending champion a starting spot better than sixth.

Pos. Driver No. Driver Team Time from Leader
1. 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:10:270m
2. 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren Mercedes +0.154s
3. 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.248s
4. 4 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes +0.272s
5. 63 George Russell Mercedes +0.273s
6. 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT Honda +0.297s
7. 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.351s
8. 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB RBPT Honda +0.588s
9. 23 Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes +0.678s
10. 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine Renault +1.041s



Although there were no incidents in this session, the key story was that Fernando Alonso, who finished second in this race last year, failed to advance.

Sergio Perez was also slow in qualifying and will start in 18th.

Pos. Driver No. Driver Team Time from Advancing
16. 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes +0.132s
17. 2 Logan Sargeant Williams Mercedes +0.133s
18. 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT Honda +0.173s
19. 77 Valtteri Bottas KICK Sauber Ferrari +0.625s
20. 24 Zhou Guanyu KICK Sauber Ferrari +1.141s

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