Tears of pleasure for Charles Leclerc however ‘boring’ Monaco GP raises contemporary questions over race’s future | EUROtoday

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Lando Norris begins fourth, with fellow Englishman George Russell in fifth. After a difficult weekend, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will begin from sixth and his run of eight straight poles has come to an finish. Had he claimed pole yesterday, the Dutchman would have set a brand new report for consecutive pole positions. Verstappen admitted after qualifying yesterday that the monitor has proved troublesome for the Red Bull this weekend.

“We tried a lot of things and nothing made it better so I was stuck, there is nothing you could do,” Verstappen stated. “You can see in the second sector we are so bad because when I touch the kerbs it upsets the car. It was incredibly difficult.

“It is jumping around a lot and not absorbing the bumps or kerb strikes. In the last corner, the amount of times I almost jumped into the wall was incredible. We have had this problem since 2022, so it is not something new. For the past few years we have had a car advantage so it gets masked. But with everyone catching up, when you don’t improve your weakest point you get found out. It is a fundamental problem so it will not get fixed in weeks.”

Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, had a dreadful qualifying as he was knocked out in Q1 for the second straight season. Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso additionally had a Saturday to neglect as he was knocked out within the first a part of qualifying. The two Haas drivers of Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen have been disqualified from qualifying after each vehicles have been discovered to have non-compliant rear wings, however each will probably be permitted to start out from the grid fairly than the pit-lane.

Will Leclerc win his residence race for the primary time or can the likes of Piastri, Sainz or Norris spoil these plans? We will discovered it within the subsequent few hours.