...By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc secured pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in qualifying held on Friday, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
Leclerc’s pole position is Ferrari’s first of the year.
The two Red Bulls had been expected to battle for pole, but Leclerc managed to secure the top spot with a best time of 1:40.203.
Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz joined Perez on the second row of the grid, with former McLaren teammates Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso on the third row in fifth and sixth places, respectively.
The first paragraph highlights the shift in the schedule for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with qualifying taking place on Friday instead of Saturday due to the sprint race being held on Saturday.
The article then goes on to provide details about the qualifying session.
The second paragraph notes that Leclerc’s pole position was a much-needed boost for Ferrari team boss Fred Vasseur following the departure of his deputy Laurent Mekies.
The article then provides details about the starting grid for the race.
The third paragraph highlights McLaren’s improved performance in qualifying, with both drivers making it into Q3 and Lando Norris ranked seventh.
The article concludes by noting that the hour-long qualifying session lasted nearly 90 minutes due to two red flags in Q1 and that George Russell narrowly missed out on making it into Q3.
In summary, this article reports on Charles Leclerc’s pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Ferrari’s first of the year.
The article also provides details about the starting grid for the race and notes McLaren’s improved performance in qualifying.