Verstappen was .015 seconds forward of Leclerc on the final time cut up however the Crimson Bull star misplaced time to complete .123 seconds behind as his outdated teenage karting rival clinched the tenth pole place of his profession.
It’s the identical monitor the place the 24-year-old Leclerc from Monaco obtained his first pole, in his first season with Ferrari in 2019, incomes him a telephone name from pal Prince Albert of Monaco.
Hamilton made up floor for Mercedes on his remaining run however by no means regarded like securing a record-extending 104th pole and begins from a disappointing fifth place.
He begins behind Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in third.
Hamilton’s ex-teammate Valtteri Bottas made it a sore day for Mercedes by putting sixth for his new group Alfa Romeo, whereas his substitute George Russell was solely ninth after shedding one second on a poor final run.
Mercedes appears a heavier automotive and seems to be struggling as others unexpectedly enhance.
Haas makes use of Ferrari engines and is wanting good, with the re-hired Kevin Magnussen exhibiting it was possibly a mistake to fireside him in 2020. The Danish driver begins in seventh place in his comeback race after changing the axed Russian driver Nikita Mazepin.
Ferrari set the main occasions within the remaining a part of qualifying, often known as Q3, with Mercedes lagging round 1.5 seconds behind the Ferraris. However already it wasn’t wanting good for Mercedes in Q1 with Russell ninth and Hamilton tenth.
It was even worse for McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, who has received eight races in his profession.
The skilled Australian received the group’s solely race final season however couldn’t even get into the second a part of qualifying often known as Q2. He begins in a dismal 18th place whereas teammate Lando Norris, who obtained 4 podiums final 12 months, will not be a lot additional up in thirteenth.
McLaren is struggling to adapt the automotive with one of many primary points being “porpoising” — an F1 time period the place an aerodynamic concern causes automobiles to hop and bounce on the monitor.
Verstappen led Q2 from Sainz Jr. and Leclerc as Mercedes once more trailed the highest drivers.
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