Charles Leclerc pips Lewis Hamilton to Azerbaijan pole in crash-strewn session

  • Ferrari driver edges out Hamilton and Max Verstappen
  • Chaotic session interrupted several times by incidents

Charles Leclerc took pole for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for Ferrari with a perfectly judged lap of the Baku City circuit. Lewis Hamilton was second for Mercedes with Max Verstappen third for Red Bull. AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was in fourth with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in fifth.

Qualifying was marked by a series of incidents as the drivers were caught out on the street circuit and it was ultimately a crash that gave Leclerc his second pole in a row after he went quickest in Monaco. He will try to convert it on Sunday after his bitter disappointment at the last race, when he failed to start from the front of the grid because of a mechanical problem.

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