The pole position of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on the city circuit of the capital Baku belongs to the Monegasque Ferrari driver.
Second consecutive pole for Charles Leclerc and for Ferrari in qualifying in Baku. A double incident by Tsunoda and Sainz in the final stages closes the official practice early and delivers to the Azerbaijan GP a front row completed by Lewis Hamilton (+0.232) while Max Verstappen has to settle for the second row with the third time. For the other Ferrari driver Sainz third row together with Lando Norris.
As in Montecarlo, Leclerc scores pole position and – just like fifteen days from in the Principality, the Monegasque also does it “thanks” to a red flag that closes the qualification when all the big names were very fast in the last time attack at the time previously set by Leclerc himself, to whom two consecutive poles failed by the Spa-Monza double in 2019, then completed by the victory in both Grand Prix! The ninth pole of his career Charles “detaches” it at the end of a Q3 from the convulsive final, with the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda “on the wall” at turn 3, imitated a few seconds later by the other Ferrari driver Sainz who – sensed the incident of the Japanese and in the decisive phase of qualifying a step appeared under the teammate. The Spaniard, author at the end of the fifth time, will share the third row of the grid with Lando Norris and his McLaren.
However, the great loser of the Azerbaijani qualifivhrs is Max Verstappen who not only lacks a pole that many already took for granted … on Friday, but also has to suffer the overbearing return of Lewis Hamilton who – after a nightmare Friday for the Black Arrows – he rolls up his sleeves and earns the right to shoot alongside the SF21 number sixteen at the start of the sixth round of the World Championship. There are 232 thousandths of a delay of the Black King from Leclerc while the Dutchman (leader of the general class with four points on Hamilton himself) accuses 347