After taking the pole in Monaco, Charles Leclerc will start again at the Baku pole.© AFP
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took pole at the Azerbaijani Grand Prix after a Red Flag qualifying session in Baku on Saturday following a Laden accident. Lewis Hamilton, the world champion of Mercedes, will start with Leclerc, who is looking for a quick rescue after taking a pole in Monaco to withdraw from the race when his car broke down on the warm-up lap. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen scores Hamilton with four points in the drivers ’championship after his final victory in Monaco, and is in the second row in Sunday’s race for Pierre Gasly’s Alpha Tauri.
Q3 came to a standstill a minute before Gasly’s teammate, Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda, fell three laps when Carlos Sainz took a quick action in the next Ferrari avoding, locking the wheels and getting into the safety fence.
Leclerc Ferrari had to confirm his return to 2020 when he qualified as the fastest in Monaco, but fell at the end of Q1 in his home race.
He then had a heartache from having to retire before taking his place on the net when the car broke down on the formation lap.
Carlos Sainz, who ranks second at Verstapp in Monaco, starts from the third row of Baku with Lando Norris at McLaren, although the British driver could face a net penalty for non-compliance with the red flag protocol.
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