Charles LeclercWorld Cup leader Formula 1I have the pole position in qualifying this Saturday and, in this way, it will start earlier in Australian Grand Prixthe third of the season, which takes place on the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne.
“The free practice sessions were quite difficult for me, but in Q3 I managed to put it all together, so it’s fantastic.I am very happy to be on pole tomorrow! “, he celebrated in front of the press.
He added: “I felt good! All the more so because it’s a circuit where I’ve always had bad times in the past. The car is nice to drive, everything is possible tomorrow, you need a good start”.
The 24-year-old Monegasque dominated the qualifying session and set the best time, since one minute, 17 seconds and 868 thousandths. He has thus obtained the first pole for Ferrari in Australia in the last 15 years. This Sunday he will start from the front row with the Dutchman Max VerstappenRed Bull competitor and reigning champion, who had 286 thousandths.
Charles Leclerc in his Ferrari during qualifying for the Australian GP. Photo by AP / Simon Baker.
The Mexican will take the exit from the second row Sergio Perezof the Austrian team, and the English one Lando Norris, of McLaren. Behind them, in the third, there will be the two British Mercedes: the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton Y Giorgio Russel.
One of the victims of the classification was Fernando Alonso, who will start tenth in Sunday’s race. The Spaniard had an accident with his Alpine car, after suffering a hydraulic problem that led him to overtake in the eleventh of the fourteen corners of the renewed circuit, for which he lost control and collided with a wall with the left side of the vehicle.
The complete starting grid:
1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari / Monaco), 1m 17s 868/1000
2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull / Netherlands), 1m18s 154/1000
3. Sergio “Checo” Perez (Red Bull / Mexico), 1’18 240/1000
4. Lando Norris (McLaren / Great Britain), 1m18s 703/1000
5. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes / Great Britain), 1m 18s 825/1000
6. George Russell (Mercedes / Great Britain), 1m 18s 933/1000
7. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren / Australia), 1m 19s 032/1000
8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine / France), 1m 19s 061/1000
9. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari / Spain), 1m19s 408/1000
10. Fernando Alonso (Alpine / Spain), no time in Q3
Eliminated in Q2
11. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri / France), 1m 19s 226/1000
12. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo / Finland) – 1m 19s 410/1000
13. Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri / Japan), 1m 19s 424/1000
14. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo / China), 1m 20s 155/1000
15. Mick Schumacher (Haas / Alemania), 1m 20s 465/1000
Eliminated in Q3
16. Kevin Magnussen (Haas / Dinamarca), 1m 20s 254/1000
17. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin // Alemania), 1m 21s 149/1000
18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams / Canadá), 1m 21s 372/1000
19. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin / Canada), no time
20. Alexander Albon (Williams / Thailand), 1m 20s 135/1000 *
* Excluded from the FIA for not having the minimum fuel required after qualifying.
The rich training session before qualifying
The third training session at Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit, home of the Australian Grand Prix from Formula 1represented a real headache for Aston Martin. It’s that both drivers on that team crashed their respective cars and left a heavy workload for the mechanics before qualifying.
The first to crash was Sebastian Vettel, which hit exactly the wall at the exit of turn 10, causing the first red flag. The German was absent in the second case, having been fined 5,000 euros after the first trial for ride the track on a scooter.
Then it was his teammate, Launch Walkoff the track, at turn 11, also causing considerable damage to the vehicle.
Meanwhile the Dutch Max VerstappenReigning World Champion, he lost control at Turn 13 and spun, but didn’t hit either side.
On the other hand, Ferrari got a place on the podium again. While in the first two free practice sessions of this Friday he had conquered the 1st place, thanks to the performance of Carlos Sainz and then from Charles Leclercin the third and final test he had to settle for second position, which went to the native of Monaco.
This time the best time was set Lando Norrisfrom McLaren, with a lap of the circuit in one minute, 19 seconds and 117 cents. The podium was completed by Sergio Pérez, of Red Bull, 148 cents from the best score. For his part, the British Lewis Hamiltonseven-time F1 champion, he started eighth.