“Leclerc Surprised by Pole Position Battle with Red Bull at Monaco Grand Prix”

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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc expressed surprise after securing pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, where he had not expected to fight against the Red Bull team. Leclerc put in an impressive performance during qualifying, setting the fastest lap time of 1:10.346, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes.

The unexpected pole position

Leclerc admitted that he was surprised to see his car performing so well on the circuit, given the team’s struggles in previous races. He said, “Honestly, I didn’t expect to fight for pole position here, I expected Red Bull to be in front. But we did everything right, and I am very happy with this pole position.”

Leclerc’s pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix was his first in Formula 1 and the first for Ferrari since 2019. The Monegasque driver had a tough start to the season, with several retirements and crashes, but his performance in qualifying shows that he is getting back to his best.

The competition

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious races on the F1 calendar, and the tight and twisty circuit makes it difficult for drivers to overtake. As a result, qualifying is crucial for success in the race.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who had been the favourite for pole position, was disappointed to finish second. He said, “I think the lap was decent, but just not good enough. It’s Monaco, it’s difficult to overtake, so I think tomorrow anything can happen.”

Valtteri Bottas, who will start the race from third place, said, “It’s a good position to start from. It’s a long race, anything can happen, and we need to be ready for that.”


Charles Leclerc’s unexpected pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix has set up an exciting race, with Red Bull and Mercedes both in a good position to challenge for victory. It remains to be seen whether Leclerc can convert his pole position into a win, but his performance in qualifying shows that he is a driver to watch in the future.

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