Leclerc takes measures for pole. Challenge to Verstappen, Norris and Sainz

Verstappen struggles, Leclerc doesn’t (despite a small damage)

Hamilton arrived by boat from his home in the Principality, here he has won “only” three times. He is not the favorite for pole tomorrow or for Sunday, but today he set the best lap and it is a nice blow to the team’s morale. future Ferrari driver. Behind is Oscar Piastri, the talent of McLaren can be really dangerous for qualifying. There are neither Leclerc nor Verstappen in the top 5 but for different reasons, because the finale was held back by the red flag caused by the accident. of Zhou.

Charles started off strong straight away, determined to dispel the curse of the home race and intent on taking the third pole to close the score once and for all. He always lapped well on the hard tires and the medium tyres, renouncing the use of the softs, the fastest compounds that he will use in FP2. Fifth place is the result of different work compared to Mercedes and McLaren and also of a small setback. In fact, the Monegasque hit some pieces of Zhou’s Sauber (the Chinese hit the wall near the swimming pools), damaging the surface.

Nothing alarming but the mechanics will have to carry out repairs deeper in the underbody, and perhaps replace the entire floor, after having intervened on the fly with a bit of adhesive tape. Carlos Sainz is tenth, he also did not attempt a flying lap. Red Bull followed the same program: Verstapppen was eleventh and complained about the balance and braking set-up. But even in Imola his Friday was torment and then he took pole. So never trust. In the top 10 we see Aston Martin again with Alonso and Stroll, closing out the excellent Racing Bulls with Tsunoda.

 
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