Leclerc elated by unforeseen Azerbaijan GP pole

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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc created a sensational final lap in Baku to become the 1st Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher in 2001 to record 6 pole positions in the to start with 8 races of a period.

He was nearly 3 tenths of a 2nd speedier than Sergio Perez, who pipped group-mate Max Verstappen to a put on the front row.

“It feels great. Definitely all poles sense superior, but this just one I did not expect for the reason that in Q1 and Q2 I genuinely struggled to see that we could be faster,” stated Leclerc.

“In the past lap every little thing arrived jointly and I managed to do superior, so I am particularly happy.

“I am actually excited for [the race]. Tyre management is a large thing below. In Barcelona and Monaco we were being taking care of it well but total our race speed has long gone a phase up due to the fact we brought in the upgrades.”

Championship leader Verstappen was disappointed to overlook out on a position on the front row but is confident Red Bull will be ready to problem for the win on Sunday.

“I think the commence was very good, then it went absent from me a minor bit with tiny faults,” reported Verstappen.

“It is not suitable but in typical I was just struggling to come across stability over a person lap. It truly is not what I want but being 2nd and third the team has a very good possibility.

“We will locate out tomorrow, but we possibly feel to absence a bit of rate over a person lap but in the extended run we ought to be quite good.”

Perez, who skilled an challenge in the garage in Q3, explained: “On the to start with operate of Q3 is when you go all out. I strike the wall a pair of periods – thankfully we managed to survive, which is the key in this article.

“We experienced a dilemma with the engine at the conclude, we could not flip it on. We missing a couple tenths, but I think Charles has performed a incredibly very good position.

“It’s a incredibly lengthy race in advance, so we just have to make positive we are there. You can make a blunder at any position and that’s it.”

Lewis Hamilton could only qualify seventh and was struggling with an investigation for driving unnecessarily little by little in Q2.

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 1:41.359 2. Sergio Perez (Crimson Bull) +.282s 3. Max Verstappen (Crimson Bull) +.347s 4. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) +.455s 5. George Russell (Mercedes) +1.353s 6. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) +1.486s 7. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +1.565s 8. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) +1.697s 9. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) +1.732s 10. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) +1.814s

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