Charles Leclerc has secured his second Pole position of the 2022 season at the Australian Grand Prix this weekend.
At lights out tomorrow the Monegasque driver will lead the pack off the line but will be closely shadowed by the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen in second and Sergio Perez in third.
Speaking after Qualifying, Leclerc told Sky Sports: “It felt good, even more because it is a track I have always struggled on in the past.
“As a driver, it probably doesn’t fit me as well but this weekend we have worked hard.
“In Q3 I managed to put everything together so it feels great and very happy to be starting on pole tomorrow.
“Again we were quite surprised by our pace in qualifying so we will see what happens tomorrow.”
On an entirely different note, Max Verstappen wasn’t happy with his second place finish in Q3 and told reporters: “I do not feel good. I didn’t really feel good the whole weekend so far.
“I don’t think there has been one lap where I have felt confident.
“It was a bit of a struggle. Of course, second is still a good result but it is hard to go to the limit.
“For me, this weekend so far has been all over the place, happy to be second, but as a team we want more.”
His teammate Sergio Perez will take off from third tomorrow and is looking forward to the battle on track tomorrow.
“It felt good…I think we’ve got a nice race ahead of us,” he said.
“First of all, I hope we make a lot of fans very happy tomorrow because we’ve got full grandstands already on Saturday.
“Hopefully tomorrow we can give them a nice race.”
McLaren’s Lando Norris will be in fourth tomorrow on the grid, with his teammate Daniel Ricciardo in seventh.
The Mercedes team is continuing to struggle with the W13, and Hamilton on Friday said none of the updates they were making were helping with pace. The seven-time world champion will take off from P5 with his teammate George Russell joining him on the third row in sixth.
Finishing out the top ten for tomorrow’s race start will be Alpine’s Esteban Ocon in eighth, followed by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso in the second Alpine in P9 and P10 respectively.
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