FLASH: Lewis Hamilton at Pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, but an error by Ferrari saw Charles Leclerc go out in Q1
The Big Q: How did Charles Leclerc go from being quickest at the start of Q1 to dropping out in 16th place at the end of the session?
The Big A: Team Chief Binotto, “its not a good day…we made a mistake.”
Q1 and Q2 eliminations aside…
Once Q3 began it became clear that Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen’s Thursday prediction that the Mercedes would be too quick for the Red Bulls was right. As Valtteri Bottas posted new record lap of 1’10.252 which put him ahead.
Mr. Verstappen could not get close to that and Mr. Hamilton did not beat it on his 1st run either, ending up 2/10ths sec shy of his team mate.
However, the balance of power shifted in the final laps. Mr. Hamilton got a clear run, and and took the Pole from Mr. Bottas by less than a 1/10th sec.
But, Mr. Bottas was yet to complete his final run, but after a disappointing start to the lap he headed for the pits, and the Pole was Mr. Hamilton’s.
Mr. Verstappen aborted his last attempt at a time after his out-lap was disrupted by Daniel Ricciardo, who was doing multiple runs in his Renault.
Kevin Magnussen completed the afternoon by coming 6th. Mr. Ricciardo claimed 7th ahead of the Toro Rosso duo, who were split by Carlos Sainz.
Ferrari’s explanation for, “its not a good day…we made a mistake.”
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Chief Mattia Binotto explained the failure to send Charles Leclerc for a final run in Q1, which led to him being eliminated.
Mr. Binotto said the team did not anticipate how much the quicker the track would become during qualifying, and underestimated how much time drivers would gain with confidence.
“It is not a good day for us, certainly,” said Mr. Binotto in a press conference following the shock outcome in today’s qualifying session. “We made a mistake, that is the way we call what happened today, nothing more.”
Ferrari failed to correctly estimate the ‘cut-off’ lap time Mr. Leclerc needed to set in order to be certain of a place in Q2, Mr. Binotto said.
“The cut-off time is calculated [in] real-time based on what we may see on the track, the real-time sectors of all our competitors and other drivers. When the cut-off time is calculated we normally have a margin on top of it. the margin is good enough to afford for any tolerances, uncertainty that we may have.
“Certainly what happened today is that the margin was not sufficient, or very little. The reasons are 2: The 1st that the track improvement has been very significant and important by the end of Q1. The 2nd is that probably our margin was not considering enough the ability to improve by drivers gaining confidence in Monaco. And certainly in Monaco that margin needs to be increased, no doubt.”
Mr. Leclerc starts 15th on the grid Sunday.
Top 10 in Q3
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Honda||1’10.641|
|5||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull-Honda||1’11.041|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Honda||1’11.271|
|9||Carlos Sainz Jnr||McLaren-Renault||1’11.417|
|10||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso-Honda||1’11.653|
Race (15:10-17:10) local time.
Time: 2:10p (BST), 9:10a (EDT)
TV Info: Sky Sports F1 (UK), ESPN2 (US)
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