Crash secures Leclerc pole at home!

(Motorsport-Total.com) – Charles Leclerc withstood the pressure of the home race and secured pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix for the second time in a row (ran on Sunday from 2.45pm in the Formula 1 live ticker). The Ferrari driver set a best time of 1: 11.376 minutes, relegating his teammates Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez (Red Bull) to second place.

Team manager Mattia Binotto congratulates Charles Leclerc on pole position in Monaco

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The decision ultimately led to an error by Perez at the beginning of the tunnel. The Mexican flew from the scene of the Ayrton Senna accident in 1988, Sainz crashed into him – and after that no one was able to get past the passage. With only half a minute left, it meant the end of the session.

Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who had struggled to keep up with his teammate all weekend, was this time in a worse position in the team-internal duel and had to settle for fourth place. Delay: 0.290 seconds.

Fifth was Lando Norris (McLaren), ahead of George Russell (Mercedes) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine), who also crashed at Mirabeau regardless of the Perez-Sainz situation.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) finished eighth ahead of Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine).

Mick Schumacher (Haas) finished in P15.

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What was the reason for Perez’s crash?

Perez was strong all weekend and was considered the pole candidate. Maybe he wanted too much in the last attempt. Even though he himself has another explanation ready: “The last set of tires was not hot enough and was a little too sharp. I almost lost the car in turn 1.”

“I did not have enough grip on the rear tire. I played a little with the throttle, and then I lost control,” he admits, fearing a gear shift might be necessary for the sake of the race. That would mean a lattice penalty: “The bag doesn’t look good. And it didn’t help that I got another one from Carlos.”

Perez had to go to the medical center for examination after the accident and therefore missed the first minutes of the mandatory FIA press conference. “I’m fine, despite 20g. Fortunately, there are TecPro barriers there,” he says.

Could Verstappen have been on pole?

At least that’s what Red Bull Motorsport consultant Helmut Marko thinks: “Annoying. Max was three tenths ahead. His weak point was curve 1. It was now resolved. He was on par with Leclerc in the last lap,” he said in an interview. with ‘ORF’.

That is not entirely correct. Verstappen had set a new personal record of 18.854 seconds in the first sector of that lap. But with 18.707 seconds, Leclerc even set a new absolute best time in the same section and was therefore on course for the pole regardless of the red flag.

Why did things not go better at Mercedes?

The same aerodynamic forces are at work in Monaco as in Barcelona. Therefore, the “guinea pig” in theory should not have been a problem. But the rigidity of the W13 meant that the car still jumped extremely and could hardly be driven. Already in the 1st quarter, Russell complained: “I have absolutely no grip.” And Hamilton broadcast in Q2: “My rear tires are getting too hot.”

“The car is still jumping,” says team manager Toto Wolff. But in Monaco it was “different – no longer this ‘aero-studs’. It’s just incredibly stiff and therefore relatively uncontrollable for the driver. You have to have confidence here. We do not have that.”

In the end, Russell was 0.736 and Hamilton 1,184 seconds short. That meant places 6 and 8 in the qualifiers. Russell, however, had a crucial advantage: he was able to finish his quick lap at the end of the session, while Hamilton could not finish his due to the red flags.

Wolff explains, “Lewis was the faster man. Then he stopped the lap because we said to him, ‘If you have the impression that the tire is not ready in turn 1, you just stop.’ That was what he did. And then he runs into the red flag. “

Why was Q1 interrupted with 2:25 left?

Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) gave in too early in the beginning of the harbor harassment and hit the inside of the crash barrier. Although he was able to drive back to the pit with a damaged car, the session was interrupted with a red flag, presumably to be able to check the crash barrier. “The race director played it safe,” analyzes ‘ORF’ expert Alexander Wurz.

In retrospect, there was subtle criticism from one or the other driver of race director Eduardo Freitas. According to some, he should not have had to interrupt the qualification due to the Tsunoda situation.

Were there victims of the red flag?

Yes. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) was one of the secret favorites to start on the third row. However, because almost all drivers after the interruption lined up at the pit lane and distanced themselves from the oncoming car and time was running out for rear drivers, six drivers were no longer able to complete a fast lap. Gasly (17th) was one of them, Guanyu Zhou (20th / Alpha Romeo) was another.

The Haas team also did not time the lap well enough and could not get a timed race. For Kevin Magnussen (8th in Q1) and Mick Schumacher (14th), however, it did not play a decisive role: They moved into Q2, just as Hamilton and Bottas did.

How did things continue in the 2nd quarter?

Both Magnussen (13th) and Schumacher (15th and last) withdrew in the middle segment of the qualification. But Schumacher was closer to his teammate than he had been for a long time and came within 0.160 seconds of Magnussen.

In addition, Yuki Tsunoda (11th / AlphaTauri), Valtteri Bottas (12th / Alpha Romeo) and Daniel Ricciardo (14th / McLaren), who were heavily traded in the run-up to the weekend, were eliminated in Q2. Wurz says of Ricciardo: “The accident in training threw him off track. Somehow it does not suit him.”

Tsunoda was 0.109 seconds behind Alonso (10th in Q2).

Where can you watch the race in Monaco on TV?

In Germany exclusively on Sky. The race starts at 15.00. The broadcast with preliminary reports and exciting interviews begins at 13.30. (DISPLAY: Get your Sky ticket now and see who wins the Monaco Grand Prix! Best of all, you don ‘t even need a receiver!)

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