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Verstappen’s victory at the Monaco Grand Prix saw the Dutchman take a four-point lead in the drivers’ standings and Red Bull looked set to increase that gap as Mercedes struggled for pace in practice. しかしながら, a “monumental” lap in qualifying saw Hamilton steal a place on the front row, despite the ongoing difficulties with his car’s tyres. “We have made so many changes over these two days," 彼は言った. “It has been so difficult but the work overnight and between practice and qualifying was amazing. But this result puts us in a much better position for the race than we anticipated yesterday. We can take the fight to these guys tomorrow.”
A bitterly disappointed Verstappen, whose final qualifying lap was cut short after rookie Yuki Tsunoda crashed out at the third corner, will start on third, while Pierre Gasly starts in fourth. Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate, カルロス・サインツ, who also crashed at turn three, is in fifth. 以下のすべてのアクションをライブでフォローしてください:
Late-night work pays off for Mercedes and Hamilton
The dramatic improvement of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes between practice and qualifying has been one of the key talking points ahead of the race, with the defending champion revealing the extent of the late-night work in the garage that led to his place on the front grid.
“It didn’t feel too bad in first practice but second and third practice were pretty much a disaster. We did some changes overnight which didn’t rectify it. We tried a few different things in P3 and then tried something right at the end and it unlocked the set-up,ハミルトンは言った.
“We hadn’t been able to get the tyres to switch on like the other cars and the difference was all of sudden the tyres started working and we were back in the game. It was the biggest jump we have been able to make between P3 and qualifying, 確かに. It was literally night and day, the car.
“I had a lot of anxiety because you don’t know whether you are going to get it right or wrong. 最終的には, you just have to let it go. We were here last night until 11 o’clock and then 10 minutes before the session we were still making small changes and you just have to shake it off and go all out.”
McLaren shareholder Mansour Ojjeh dies aged 68
McLaren shareholder Mansour Ojjeh has died aged 68, the British team has announced.
Ojjeh, who worked with Ron Dennis after buying into McLaren in 1984, was a key figure in the constructor’s ensuing success in Formula One.
In a statement ahead of Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, McLaren said: “It is with deep sadness that McLaren Racing announces the death of Mansour Ojjeh, shareholder of McLaren since 1984.
“Mr Ojjeh passed away peacefully this morning in Geneva, 老いた 68, 彼の家族に囲まれています.
“All at McLaren Racing mourn his loss together with his family, to whom the team sends its most heartfelt condolences.”
LECLERC STARTS ON POLE IN BAKU
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Max Verstappen leads the drivers’ standings by four points after victory in Monaco, しかしながら, a “monumental” lap by Lewis Hamilton in qualifying sees the Mercedes driver start second on the grid.