Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc’s weekend continues on an upward trajectory as he topped the first-ever Sprint Shootout – despite crashing into the wall on his final flying lap.
The Monegasque driver topped Friday’s Qualifying to land pole for Sunday’s race and went on to clinch a second pole in Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying.
He will therefore lead from lights out at 2:30 pm on Saturday for the first Sprint Race of the 2023 season.
He’ll be joined on the front line by Sergio Perez, who beat his teammate Max Verstappen to second – however, both men will have their work cut out for them to hold off the dominating Dutchman.
After placing his Ferrari at the top of the timesheet, Leclerc crashed into the barrier at Turn 5 on his second attempt.
At this point, he was behind the Red Bulls on track, so they both had the chance to improve on his 1:41.697 lap – but failed to do so in the time remaining.
Speaking after landing his second pole of the weekend, Leclerc said: “I don’t think there’s that much damage, only the front wing.
“But we will check absolutely everything to make sure there are no troubles for the start of the race. But it wasn’t too big of a crash”.
Here are the top ten from the Azerbaijan GP Sprint Shootout:
- Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
- Sergio Perez, Red Bull
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull
- George Russell, Mercedes
- Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
- Alexander Albon, Williams
- Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin
- Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
- Lando Norris, McLaren