Leclerc grabs pole as Verstappen gets into trouble

The Ferrari The driver had to do it all in the latter part of qualifying after turning the penultimate corner during his bank lap in Q3 but then stunned the points leader on his second try.

Running to 1m 18.750s was comfortably the fastest lap of the weekend as he took his 13th place in F1 by three-tenths over ground-impact title rival Verstappen.

The defending champion, who temporarily took center stage after his first attempt in the third quarter, had to cancel his last lap after Red Bull suffered greater unreliability and died in the third round.

Verstappen, who has been driving pace in the second quarter, had not long in coming to a landslide run through the last sector to extract a four-tenths advantage on his first flying lap in the latter part of qualifying to score 1m19.073s.

That propelled him to the top of the timing screens as he ran 0.35 seconds ahead of Sainz, while Perez finished third, ahead of Sainz. mercedes Husband.

Leclerc was the key name missing from the top of the times after throwing away on his first lap of the third quarter through the Turn 14 course despite setting up five mini-cuts for the best session on the lap.

The Ferrari rear axle rotated in the left part of the narrow tire when, as in the Imola, it grabbed a lot of pavement. Then I locked all four tires and stopped the car.

Leclerc was outfitted with a new set of soft tires and headed out relatively early for the qualifying rush, leaving his garage with three and a half minutes to play.

But he combined the second and third fastest sectors to jump to first place.

After the power failure Verstappen was eventually able to restart his car, and his first step proved enough to complete the front row ahead of Sainz, who fell a tenth by 1m19.166s.

George Russell He led the renewed effort from Mercedes in fourth place before moving up Sergio PerezWhile Lewis Hamilton He ran into sixth after being injured on his first lap in the third quarter of the game by overstraining out of the last corner.

Valtteri Bottas Hunt the seventh for Alfa Romeo previous to Kevin MagnussenWhile Daniel Ricciardo Resigned to nine after McLaren He elected not to send him for a second charge in the third quarter.

Mick Schumachermeanwhile, completed the top ten.

Lando Norris He failed to advance to the top ten by 0.035sec when the hosts wiped out his last lap in a 15-minute session to marginally overrun the track at Turn 12.

The McLaren driver, who also cut the Turn 14 hurdle, just prevented Mick Schumacher from pressing in Q3 before he was knocked down to his knees and tumbled.

Esteban Ocon He aborted his second attempt in Q2 to tie himself to 12th place, while Yuki Tsunoda gnawing before AlphaTauri colleague Pierre Gasly.

The French rider struggled with Turn 5 in his final run, having almost sat on FP3 due to a fire raging in his lap.

Alfa Romeo rookie Guanyu Zhou finished 15th.

World champions Sebastian Vettel And Fernando Alonso It was the main scalp claimed in the first part of the qualifiers where they were moved to the bottom five.

Alps Driver Alonso, who was preparing for his home race, had to back out on his last lap thanks in part to early traffic from Norris, but the hosts did not intervene. That left Alonso prey as the usual wave of improved times descended of late.

Better laps from Pierre Gasly and Daniel Ricciardo secured their lead and then finally dropped Vettel and Alonso to 16th and 17th on the leaderboard.

Vettel, having missed the quarter-finals by 0.07 seconds, managed to outsmart his teammate. Lance’s Outing The Canadian steered a heavily-checked and updated AMR22 to just 18th.

Alex Albon engraved Williams stable companion Nicholas Latifi To round the last row of the grid.

POS Driver a team time the difference
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’18.750
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’19.073 0.323
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1’19.166 0.416
4 George Russell mercedes 1’19.393 0.643
5 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1’19.420 0.670
6 Lewis Hamilton mercedes 1’19.512 0.762
7 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo / Ferrari 1’19.608 0.858
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas / Ferrari 1’19.682 0.932
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren / Mercedes 1’20.297 1.547
10 Mick Schumacher Haas / Ferrari 1’20.368 1.618
11 Lando Norris McLaren / Mercedes 1’20.471 1.721
12 Esteban Ocon Alpine / Renault 1’20.638 1.888
13 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri / Red Bull 1’20.639 1.889
14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri / Red Bull 1’20.861 2.111
15th Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo / Ferrari 1’21.094 2.344
16 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin / Mercedes 1’20.954 2.204
17 Fernando Alonso Alpine / Renault 1’21,043 2.293
18 Lance’s Outing Aston Martin / Mercedes 1’21.418 2,668
19 Alexander Albon Williams / Mercedes 1’21.645 2.895
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams / Mercedes 1’21.915 3.165