Charles Leclerc secured the pole position for today’s sprint race at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, following his top performance in the qualifying session held yesterday. Leclerc, driving for Ferrari, was able to clinch the pole position for the 17-lap dash in Baku on Saturday evening after breaking his front wing during his final run. He remained the fastest, with Sergio Perez trailing him by 0.147 seconds, and Max Verstappen positioned third. George Russell qualified fourth, two places ahead of Lewis Hamilton, while Carlos Sainz finished fifth after being held up behind team-mate Leclerc following his accident. The format of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix has changed this year, featuring two qualifying sessions. Yesterday’s result determines the order for Sunday’s Grand Prix, while Saturday’s shorter qualifying session determines the grid for the first of six sprint events. Lando Norris, who made it to Q3, was unable to take part because he did not have a new set of soft tyres available, a misstep by his McLaren team, and will start from 10th place. Today’s sprint race outcome does not affect the tomorrow’s Grand Prix, and only the top eight will be rewarded points.
Despite a late crash, Charles Leclerc secures sprint pole in Azerbaijan
- 6 May 2023
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