Monaco Grand Prix LIVE: Latest qualifying updates

Monaco Grand Prix LIVE: Latest qualifying updates
Follow all the action live as Ferrari look to build on an impressive practice session

Charles Leclerc led practice in MonacoCharles Leclerc led practice in Monaco
Charles Leclerc led practice in Monaco

Follow all the action live as qualifying gets underway at the Monaco Grand Prix this afternoon.

Lewis Hamilton stretched his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship with back-to-back victories in Spain and Portugal earlier this month, however, the seven-time world champion lagged a little off the pace in practice in Monaco on Thursday. Instead, it was hometown favourite Charles Leclerc who recorded the fastest lap in something of a surprise for Ferrari, with Carlos Sainz completing a one-two. “There is still a bit of margin but on the other hand I am sure that Mercedes and Red Bull have more margin than we have so we shouldn’t get carried away too much,” Leclerc said. “It is looking good but for now it is looking a bit too good to believe it.”

Max Verstappen has been Hamilton’s closest challenger thus far, but the Dutchman admitted he was struggling with his car. “We are too slow, and not just a little bit,” he said. “I think quite a bit. We need to really find some pace. Everyone has traffic so you have to look more to optimum sectors and we are quite a bit off. And it also didn’t feel great to drive.” Follow all the action from qualifying live below:

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FP3 RESULTS

  • Sainz +0.047
  • Leclerc +0.258
  • Bottas +0.471
  • Perez +0.523
  • Norris +0.694
  • Hamilton +0.726
  • Raikkonen +1.004
  • Gasly +1.063
  • Vettel +1.243
  • Giovinazzi +1.245
  • Stroll +1.406
  • Ricciardo +1.665
  • Schumacher +1.845
  • Alonso +2.035
  • Mazepin +2.096
  • Russell +2.153
  • Latifi +2.181
  • Tsunoda +2.228
  • Ocon +2.320
Tom Kershaw22 May 2021 13:11
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A THRILLING QUALIFYING SESSION IN STORE

The value of starting on pole in Monaco is no secret and it promises to be a thrilling qualifying session. Ferrari have been a resurgent force, dominating the second practice session on Thursday, while Max Verstappen was the fastest in the final practice session earlier today. Of course, Lewis Hamilton can never be ruled out, yet his Mercedes has certainly lagged off the pace thus far.

Tom Kershaw22 May 2021 13:06
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QUALIFYING BEGINS AT MONACO GP

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as qualifying gets underway at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Tom Kershaw22 May 2021 11:47

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