Monaco native and Ferrari Academy driver Charles Leclerc will start his home race from pole position after a brilliant effort put the rookie on the top spot, his first time racing around the streets of the principality.

The tight confines of the street circuit meant that qualifying was split into two groups, A and B with group A drawing the ballot for the first runs.

Leclerc ran in group A and set a time of 1:19.309 to top the first session ahead of closest title rival Oliver Rowland.

In group B, Alexander Albon came very close to tipping the Monegasque off the top spot but was just short with a 1:19.321 giving Leclerc pole position and lining up alongside in second.

Oliver Rowland’s second place in group A means he will start P3 on the clean side ahead of last year’s feature race winner Artem Markelov, while Nobuharu Matsushita’s crash late in the first session didn’t stop him from claiming P5 on the grid.

Norman Nato put his Arden in P6 ahead of Jordan King in 8th, while Nyck de Vries P8 effort means he will start in P11 after taking a three-place grid drop following a collision with Antonio Fuoco in the Spanish round, which means Luca Ghiotto starts from P8 ahead of Nicholas Latifi and Sean Gelael in 9th and 10th respectively.

Leclerc’s pole gives him four extra points and extends his championship lead to 30 points.

The feature race starts on Friday, the only track action that day at 11:30 local time (GMT +2)


Image via FIA Formula 2 Media

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Ahmad Shallouf

Contributing Writer at MotorsportM8