Sergio Perez looked like the only one who could match Charles Leclerc for pace throughout the qualifying session but the checkered flag came a little too quickly for his liking as he crashed into the barriers going into the tunnel with less than a minute and a half left on the clock. The Mexican had made a lot of progress from the first two practice sessions where he looked quite off the pace.
But, by default, it has been a dream start to the weekend for both Ferrari which find themselves on the front of the grid ahead of the much awaited race tomorrow. The second row has been locked in by the two Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen respectively. This could be a dent for Max Verstappen who finds himself in a difficult situation on a track which is so difficult to overtake.
But, this qualifying was utterly dominated by the home boy, Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque driver took full advantage of Ferrari’s supremacy on the slower corner and eventually secured pole which was looking like a mere formality after setting a time of 1.11.376 on the soft tyres. He was even able to better his time in the first sector before qualifying came to an end due to Perez’s crash.
Sergio Perez loses the rear as he crashes into the barrier at the Monaco GP qualifying
But it’s not job done for Charles Leclerc and Ferrari as we expect a fightback from the two Red Bulls tomorrow. In his post qualifying interview, the championship leader said, “The car felt amazing and it’s great to have Carlos with me on the front row. I think dry [weather] is a bit more predictable.”
“But whatever comes we are competitive, so we are fine.”
“It’s been a very smooth weekend until now. The pace was in the car, I just had to do the job. It went perfectly, that last lap, before the red flag, was really, really good – but it didn’t change anything for us,” as reported by mirror.
Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen have their work cut out as far as winning the Monaco GP goes. Red Bull’s inferiority has been exposed in the slow corners and would need a miracle tomorrow.