(CTN News) – After a thrilling qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix, which came down to the final sector of the final lap, Max Verstappen edged Fernando Alonso to pole position by 0.084 seconds.
As Verstappen stated on his pole lap, he “hit the wall pretty hard” but somehow managed to achieve a faster lap time in the final sector than Alonso.
It was also Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Alpine’s Esteban Monaco Ocon who held the top spot in the last few minutes of the practice session.
This was as the track conditions improved with each lap, but they ended up third and fourth fastest. In spite of this, Leclerc will start sixth after the stewards issued him a penalty for impeding Lando Norris during the third qualifying session.
At the beginning of Q3, Verstappen appeared to be out of sorts, as his first lap was 0.2 seconds slower than his best Q2 lap.
The driver, however, came out on top in the most closely contested qualifying session of the season at a track where grid positions often determine the outcome of races.
As a result of crashing out of Q1, Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez will start last at the Monaco Grand Prix. During his second flying lap in Q1, the Mexican failed to slow sufficiently, sliding sideways and slamming into the barriers on the exit.
In addition to causing damage to his Red Bull’s suspension, the hit also damaged the sidepod of the car, stranding it in the middle of the track and preventing it from continuing the race.
After Leclerc’s penalty is applied, Ferrari’s Monaco’s Carlos Sainz will start fourth on the grid, ahead of Lewis Hamilton in fifth.
Pierre Gasly finished seventh in the second Alpine ahead of Mercedes’ George Russell in eighth place and Yuki Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri in ninth place.
In spite of breaking his suspension by clipping the barriers on the exit of the Nouvelle Chicane on his final attempt in Q2, Norris will start tenth.
As a result of the team’s efforts, his car was repaired, but he only made a marginal improvement in Q3 before being blocked by Leclerc in the tunnel.
As a result, Norris beat his teammate Oscar Piastri into the top ten by 0.018 seconds, resulting in the McLarens starting tenth and eleventh respectively on Sunday.
After a disappointing performance in the second Monaco Aston Martin,
Nyck de Vries finished 12th fastest ahead of Williams driver Alex Albon.
Lance Stroll is set to start 14th after a disappointing performance in the first Aston Martin. It is estimated that Stroll was 0.516s off of his teammate Alonso in Q2 and will start the race in 14th position ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
Despite missing out on a place in Q2, Logan Sargeant is set to begin 16th ahead of the two Haas drivers, Kevin Monaco Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg.
In order to start on the back row for Alfa Romeo ahead of Perez in last place, Zhou Guanyu wants to start on the back row.