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Watch: Charles Leclerc snatches dramatic pole position in Spain


Ferrari’s world championship leader Charles Leclerc grabbed pole for the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen in qualifying at a sweltering Montmelo circuit on Saturday.

Local hero Carlos Sainz was cheered by the huge home support and start Sunday’s race on the second row in the other Ferrari where he will be joined by the Mercedes of George Russell.

Charles Leclerc in charge

Charles Leclerc

Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull is on the third row with Lewis Hamilton for company in the other Mercedes.

Leclerc leads Verstappen by 19 points going into this sixth race of the season and was thrilled with his fourth pole of the year.

“Wow, the lap was good,” he said over the team radio.

Leclerc was up against it after his first flying lap in the third qualifying session reserved for the top 10 drivers ended in an unscripted spin out of turn 15.

The Ferrari driver said: “I made a mistake early in Q3 and I only had one lap, but it went extremely well and I made it stick. The car was amazing”

But he brushed that embarrassment aside to return to plant his Ferrari at the head of the grid with a lap of 1min 18.750sec.

Verstappen revealed his DRS failed in qualifying: “I couldn’t do my final run, either the DRS didn’t open or I just lost power. But overall to be on the front row is a good achievement”

Mercedes have enjoyed the benefit of their upgrades reducing the problem of bouncing but despite encouraging lap times and the presence of 20-time Grand Slam tennis legend Roger Federer in their garage they were still left waiting for their first pole of a difficult start to the 2022 season.

Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc Photo: F1.com

Additional reporting from AFP

Spanish Grand Prix qualifying

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:19.861 1:19.969 1:18.750 12
2 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:20.091 1:19.219 1:19.073 16
3 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:19.892 1:19.453 1:19.166 16
4 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:20.218 1:19.470 1:19.393 14
5 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:20.447 1:19.830 1:19.420 17
6 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:20.252 1:19.794 1:19.512 15
7 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:20.355 1:20.053 1:19.608 18
8 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:20.227 1:19.810 1:19.682 18
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:20.549 1:20.287 1:20.297 15
10 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:20.683 1:20.436 1:20.368 18
11 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:20.838 1:20.471 12
12 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:20.880 1:20.638 9
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:20.707 1:20.639 15
14 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:20.719 1:20.861 15
15 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:20.476 1:21.094 15
16 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:20.954 6
17 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:21.043 5
18 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:21.418 6
19 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:21.645 6
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:21.915 9





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