Leclerc again in pole position – National Class

Charles Leclerc put Ferrari in the pole position for the second time this year. In the interrupted qualifications, he had better timing than the competition, so he will start from the first place ahead of Hamilton and Verstappen.

Almost every training session and every part of the qualification was interrupted due to red flags and driver accidents. The streets of Baku do not forgive the mistakes and mistakes that drivers make when looking for the best time, so it was the same in the qualifications. All three parts of the qualification were interrupted due to an accident. Strol, Ricardo, Cunoda… are just some of the names that ended up in the fence on the streets of Baku. The first part of the qualifications took place in the accident between Strol and Giovanni. First, Strol finished his qualification, and after the restart, the driver of Alfa also made a mistake, and the two of them, the standard drivers of the Has team and Latifi in Williams, dropped out of the first part of the qualification. The Q2 part was also interrupted, and the main culprit was Daniel Ricardo, who, despite the good pace with McLaren, will still not have a good starting position before tomorrow’s race. Throughout the qualifications, Ferrari drivers are surprised who have time for the top 3 places, and in the end they have a man in the pole position. In the second part of the qualifications, the tragedian was Vettel, who had the pace to pass in Q3, but he was hindered by Richard’s accident and so Vettel will start from 11th place.

The final part of the qualifications started with a big cumulative delay due to the several mentioned interruptions, and in the first attempts Leclerc set the fastest time, which will turn out to be the fastest due to the Cunoda accident. Both drivers of the Alfa Tauri team entered the Q3 part which is a great result, but Cunoda wanted too much in his second, it would be said even unnecessary attempt, he ends up in the fence next to the track. This meant an immediate cessation of qualifications and as there was not too much time left on the clock it also marked the end of qualifying. In their first attempts, Hamilton and Verstappen set the second and third time, respectively, and so they will start tomorrow. In the end, Hamilton was delighted because the fact was lucky due to the interruption. The second place at the start for Mercedes, which has been struggling since arriving in Azerbaijan, is an excellent result, which Hamilton confirmed via radio. Gasley did a great job in the qualifications and will start as the fourth, ahead of Sajnac, who crashed in almost the same place as the driver of the Alfa Tauri, right after Cunoda. Norris had solid qualifications and won the sixth place, ahead of Perez in Red Bull, but the McLaren driver will still have a penalty of three places because he “ignored” the red flag. Cunoda set the eighth time before the accident, and the ninth in the qualifications was Alonso in Alpina. The multiple champion complained a lot in the end and stated that drivers who challenge the red flag and interrupt the qualification should not keep their time. The last place in the Q3 part went to Botas in another Mercedes who was desperately trying to be behind someone in the last sector to take advantage of the lee, but it didn’t happen.

The race for the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan starts tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Qualification results:

1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’41.218
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’41.450 0.232
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’41.563 0.345
4 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1’41.565 0.347
5 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1’41.576 0.358
6 Lando Norris McLaren 1’41.747 0.529
7 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1’41.917 0.699
8 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1’42.211 0.993
9 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1’42.327 1.109
10 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’42.659 1.441
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1’42.224 1.006
12 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1’42.273 1.055
13 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1’42.558 1.340
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1’42.587 1.369
15 George Russell Williams 1’42.758 1.540
16 Nicholas latifi Williams 1’43.128 1.910
17 Mick Schumacher Haas 1’44.158 2.940
18 Nikita mazepin Haas 1’44.238 3.020
19 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
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