F1 Monaco GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP3 & Qualifying

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F1 Monaco GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP3 & Qualifying

By: Megan White, Haydn Cobb, Jake Boxall-Legge


  • Qualifying has ended with a red flag
  • Leclerc crashes, ending Q3 on pole
  • Verstappen joins him on the front row, with Bottas and Sainz in P3 and P4
  • Ocon, Ricciardo, Stroll, Raikkonen and Russell knocked out in Q2
  • Tsunoda, Alonso, Latifi and Mazepin knocked out in Q1

1. Leclerc, Ferrari
2. Verstappen, Red Bull
3. Bottas, Mercedes
4. Sainz, Ferrari
5. Norris, McLaren
6. Gasly, AlphaTauri
7. Hamilton, Mercedes
8. Vettel, Aston Martin
9. Perez, Red Bull
10. Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo

Status: Stopped
We've got to tootle off now - we'll see you tomorrow for the race!
Report coming up shortly, if you want to relive the mania of that hugely engrossing qualifying run.
So, uh, that was interesting wasn't it? Leclerc gets wall and pole - and he'll hope there's no serious damage to that Ferrari.
Q3 positions: 1. Leclerc, 2. Verstappen, 3. Bottas, 4. Sainz, 5. Norris, 6. Gasly, 7. Hamilton, 8. Vettel, 9. Perez, 10. Giovinazzi
Ah, Leclerc touched the inside of the barrier at the chicane, snapped his suspension and that took him on a one-way trip to the wall.
Leclerc's hit the wall at the Swimming Pool exit, and that gives him pole position!
Charles Leclerc has dropped it into the barrier!
We have a red flag!
Perez gets a lot of traffic on his final lap, and can't really go any further.
Looks like a lot of drivers playing with their food at the moment, as they charge batteries and prepare tyres for a final push lap.
Verstappen looked like he was about to have another stab at a lap, but he's decided to use this as preparation.
Norris has just raised the bar, building a greater gap between himself and Gasly, but remains P5 for now.
The interval was brief, perhaps in response to the looming threat of dark clouds. No time for a quick ice-cream, then.
And now begins the return to the pits, as we enter the final chapter.
Norris now gets up to fifth, displacing Gasly by a tenth.
Bottas displaces Sainz from third, as Hamilton is only sixth behind Gasly!
And that's Leclerc on top! A 1m10.346s for the Ferrari driver, as Sainz throws his car up to third.
It's pretty cool out there and the track surface is very smooth, so some teams are finding a build lap is more to their tastes.
Bottas gets up to P2, just under a tenth off, as Sainz and Leclerc opt for second prep laps.
Verstappen IMMEDIATELY lays down the gauntlet with a 1m10.576s!
Gasly will kick us off again, logging a 1m11.796s.
Let's go! Q3 time.
It's crazy, isn't it? You've got seven teams designing very different cars (quiet, you at the back) - and they're all within 0.9s of each other.
Two Ferraris, two Red Bulls, two Mercedes, a McLaren, an AlphaTauri, an Alfa Romeo and an Aston Martin will duke it out for what may be the most important pole of the season.
It's a battle for pole between Leclerc, Verstappen, Bottas, Sainz, Perez, Norris, Hamilton, Gasly, Vettel and Giovinazzi.
Q2 Eliminatees (if that's even a word) - Ocon, Ricciardo, Stroll, Raikkonen, Russell.
Stroll got above Raikkonen at the death, but can't get out of Q2. That's it!
Leclerc also went top with a 1m10.597s, definitely cementing himself into Q3...not that it was ever in doubt!
Ocon gets up to 11th, but it's not enough to overturn Giovinazzi!
Giovinazzi improves to 10th, relegating Ricciardo into the drop zone! That's it for the McLaren driver!
Bottas got up to P4 ahead of Norris, as Hamilton can't improve from sixth.
Stroll now gets up to 11th, but is still about a tenth adrift of Ricciardo in 10th.
Gasly improved on his lap, just 0.001 off Vettel in P8, but stays ninth for now as the final sector was a bit slow.
Ocon then went 11th fastest on his next lap - not enough to thrust himself into a Q3 berth for now...
Russell moves himself up to P13 on that lap, a 1m11.997s.
We're back to a full-house on track again.
Fresh soft tyres for Monsieur Gasly, as nobody's really had a look at making a bid to start tomorrow's race on the medium tyre.
Everyone's retreated to the pits again, but Gasly's popped out to try and take advantage of the clear track.
Our drop zone is currently Giovinazzi, Stroll, Ocon, Raikkonen and Russell.