F1 Baku, Leclerc on pole with Ferrari!  Red Bull jokes.  Sainz starts fourth

Exceptional fastest lap of the Monegasque who hits the sixth pole of the season out of eight races ahead of Perez and Verstappen. Then the Spanish teammate and Russell

by the correspondent Giusto Ferronato

– baku (azerbaijan)

The pole of the Azerbaijan GP is by Charles Leclerc, the Monegasque Ferrari confirms himself as number 1 in qualifying for this 2022. For the Principino we have six seasonal poles out of eight races and this is in some ways historic because it breaks the tradition that a Baku has always seen a different driver ahead of everyone in qualifying. Leclerc has broken the spell and repeated the pole of 2021, after those of Rosberg, Hamilton, Vettel and Bottas of the previous years. Now the work has to be completed and it will not be easy because the Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen, fearful especially at the race pace, will start tomorrow in the exhaust. Fourth time for Carlos Sainz’s other Ferrari, which he had dreamed of after the first fastest lap of all in Q3. But then Leclerc turned on and for the Iberian the dream of the first pole of his career vanished. Great fifth George Russell with the Mercedes, sixth Pierre Gasly with the AlphaTauri, then Lewis Hamilton with the second Mercedes.

q1, disaster stroll

In Q1 disastrous session for Lance Stroll, who first went to lean on the barriers in turn 7, making a mistake in braking. Then he left again, but to go and park permanently with the right front suspension broken due to an impact with the barriers in turn 2. For the Aston Martin driver, the qualification to forget. Red flag at 2’30 from the end of Q1 and then restart once the green single-seater of the Canadian has been removed, with brawl for the drivers at risk of elimination. At the end Verstappen’s best time ahead of Perez, Leclerc, Sainz and Vettel. Magnussen, Albon, Latifi and Mick Schumacher also joined Stroll on the list of eliminated.

out the mclaren in q2

In Q2 still problems for Aston Martin, but with Sebastian Vettel, who leaned on the barriers at 15 and started again. Leclerc and Verstappen, very tight, gave a light touch to the walls with their left tires to set the time. The best in the end was Perez ahead of Leclerc, Sainz and Verstappen. Nothing to do and quite sensational elimination for the McLarens of Norris and Ricciardo, for the Alpine of Ocon and the two Alfa Romeos of Zhou and Bottas. Tomorrow at 13 Italian the start of the GP.

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