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Xavier Soquet


May 25th, 2019

Today was qualifying day for Formula 1 in Monaco ! After the third and last practice session at midday which saw Charles Leclerc at the top of the timesheet, in front of the two Mercedes of Bottas and Hamilton, the big moment of the day started at 3pm.

After a promising result in Practice 3 for Leclerc in his home race, the qualifying didn’t turn his way… He qualified 16th after a Q1 exit. Ferrari decided to make him stay in the pits while other drivers were improving their lap times, thinking he would stay qualified for Q2, but that was an error of judgement. On his side, Sebastian Vettel got the 4th position on the grid, finding himself in trouble during the session as he brushed the barriers a few times. 

Not a big surprise, the two Mercedes were at the front; Hamilton securing the pole in front of Bottas, followed by Max Verstappen with a great performance taking 3rd place on the grid. Pierre Gasly qualified 5th (though, he was given a three-place grid penalty after the session for holding up Romain Grosjean during qualifying). Toro Rosso managed to put their two cars in the Top 10 with an 8th place for Kvyat and 10th place for Albon. Haas, Renault and McLaren have a car in the top 10 too, Magnussen is 6th, Daniel Ricciardo qualified 7th and Carlos Sainz 9th.

The day ended with the second Formula 2 race of the weekend which saw Anthoine Hubert wining it. Nyck De Vries won the first race yesterday. Today was a big day as qualifying is really important, especially on this track, but tomorrow it’s race day ! Let see what happens. Photos: Xavier Soquet

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