2022 Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying Report & Highlights: Leclerc achieves majestic pole position on his own turf in Monaco as Sainz and Perez freak accident ends qualifying


Charles Leclerc put on a commanding display at home to take pole position for the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, his sensational lap holding off team-mate Carlos Sainz by 0.225s on Saturday, a red flag that halted proceedings early. ..

This all-important qualifying session, given how essential a front row start in Monaco is, saw Leclerc topping Q1, Q2 and Q3 en route to taking Ferrari’s 12th pole position in the Principality with a sensational time of 1m. 11,376s.

The Monegasque was on course to improve, but a red flag at the end of Q3 left the field essentially ready, Perez sitting third by 0.253s to Leclerc, and Verstappen fourth by 0.290s.


The red flag for Q3 was caused by Pérez spinning just before the tunnel section, Sainz then picking up Pérez having seen the yellow flag too late.

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red bull racing

red bull racing


Lando Norris completed the top five for McLaren, George Russell behind in P6 for Mercedes. Fernando Alonso (P7) and Lewis Hamilton (P8) share the fourth row, with Sebastian Vettel, ninth for Aston Martin, and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon rounding out the top 10.

Yuki Tsunoda caused a brief red flag in Q1 after cutting through the barrier, but managed to get out of the session. He finished 11th on the provisional grid, ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas in P12. Neither Haas, Kevin Magnussen in P13 and Mick Schumacher P15, could make it to Q3, with Daniel Ricciardo splitting them into 14th for McLaren.

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Tsunoda’s brush with the barriers at the chicane and the resulting red flag saw Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu miss one last chance to set a fastest lap and qualify 20th. Neither Williams, Alex Albon in P16 by just 0.07s in Q1 and Nicholas Latifi in P19, made it to Q2.

Among those Williams were AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in 17th, another who was caught by the red flag, and a frustrated Lance Stroll in 18th for Aston Martin.

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Q1 – Leclerc leads Sainz ahead of late fight

Not only was the marina packed with boats, the Monaco circuit was packed with traffic for Q1 on Saturday afternoon, 20 drivers eager to make their mark in this essential session to set up Sunday’s grid.

The rapid evolution of the track and drivers on different race plans saw the leaderboard shuffle drastically, with Pérez and Alonso taking first place from the start, but Leclerc would soon set the pace with a lap of 1m12.569s. His Ferrari team-mate Sainz 0.047s back P2 with Russell a further 0.15sec down P3.

With just over two minutes to go, red flags brought the session to a halt, with Tsunoda hitting the barriers at the Nouvelle Chicane but making it back to the pits. The pit lane queue confirmed that there would be a mad race to set the times when the session would resume, with Ricciardo, Ocon, Latifi, Tsunoda and Zhou in the provisional relegation zone while Norris was on the edge in P15.

Neither Ferrari, nor Mercedes’ Russell, nor the Red Bulls (Verstappen ultimately sixth and Pérez seventh in Q1) joined the post-red flag traffic, with Williams leading the pack for a dramatic end to the session. This exciting conclusion saw Ocon jump into fourth, Norris into fifth, while Tsunoda recovered to go ninth for AlphaTauri behind Magnussen de Haas in P8.

Sainz was just behind Leclerc in Q1

Vettel completed the top 10 for Aston Martin ahead of McLaren’s Ricciardo, while Alonso was 12th for Alpine. Failing to do another lap, Hamilton finished 13th ahead of Schumacher de Haas, who had just climbed out of the relegation zone.

Bottas dragged out on P15 to eliminate Williams driver Albon, who was sitting 16th, by 0.07s, with the unlucky AlphaTauri’s Gasly losing (his previous flying effort red-flagged) on P17. A furious Lance Stroll finished 18th at Aston Martin.

Latifi’s other Williams finished 19th, while a bewildered Zhou was unable to go around the track and finished 20th.

Eliminated: Albon, Gasly, Stroll, Latifi, Zhou


Zhou fell short of the checkered flag and qualified 20th

Q2: Leclerc and Perez go top as Verstappen catches up

The opening laps in Q2 saw Leclerc lead with a time of 1m11.864s, Pérez 0.090s back in P2, while Sainz was third by 0.210s behind his team-mate and Verstappen nearly half a second back in P4.

In the provisional relegation zone were Magnussen, Bottas, Tsunoda, Ricciardo and Schumacher, who had his opening time removed for missing the apex of Turn 10. Vettel was at risk of elimination, just 0.010 seconds ahead of Magnussen.

Verstappen improved but could only manage P4, 0.253s behind Leclerc, while Norris completed the top five for McLaren. Ocon jumped to sixth and Hamilton managed seventh despite falling back on two previous attempts.

Vettel’s last effort saw him jump to eighth and Russell finished ninth, with Alonso making it to Q3 in P10, while Tsunoda trailed by a tenth of a second. Bottas failed to get out of Q2 in P12, Magnussen dropped to P13, while Ricciardo eliminated in 14. Schumacher settled for a provisional P15 on the grid.

Eliminated: Tsunoda, Bottas, Magnussen, Ricciardo, Schumacher


Verstappen entered Q3 on the hunt: Leclerc as the hunted

Q3 – Leclerc secures pole before calamity strikes

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Leclerc led the pack into the sun and posted a brilliant 1m11.376s benchmark, Sainz facing a 0.225s abyss in P2. Pérez was just three hundredths behind Sainz in third, Verstappen a further four hundredths behind in P4. There was still time for one of them to outshine Leclerc, track temperatures were now dropping.

The Monegasque driver was unhappy with his position on the following warm-up lap, but he made it through the first sector and was on course to eclipse his pole time.

Then another red flag: Perez had crashed just before the tunnel, Sainz picked him up having seen the previous yellow flag too late, essentially ending the session. The grid was set: Leclerc on pole, Sainz second, Pérez third and Verstappen – clearly his disappointment when he got out of the RB18 – provisional fourth on the grid.

Norris completed the top five ahead of Russell, with Alonso, hitting the barriers in an attempt to brake for the late red flag, and Hamilton sharing the fourth row in P7 and P8 respectively. Behind them was Aston Martin’s Vettel in P9, and Ocon’s other Alpine in 10th.

With pole position and teammate Sainz set to share the front row, can Leclerc dominate his home race on Sunday and see the checkered flag for the first time in his career at Monaco?


Leclerc’s second consecutive pole position at home, but can he finish first this time?

the key quote

“It’s very special. I’m incredibly happy. It’s been a very quiet weekend so far, I knew the pace was in the car, I just had to get the job done and it came out perfect. That last lap before the red flag “. very very good. But anyway, it didn’t change anything for us.” – Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Whats Next?

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