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Lewis Hamilton Hopes to Fight it Out with Leclerc, Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton took the second spot in Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday and hailed his qualifying outcome as “monumental”. He said he was hoping to be able to fight with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who took the pole position, and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who finished third. “The lap was OK and we definitely weren’t expecting that. We’ve been struggling like you wouldn’t believe”, stated Hamilton, focusing on his record-extending 99th profession win on Sunday. “Our race tempo is lots higher than our one-lap tempo – we don’t perceive why – and hopefully we are able to take the combat to those guys tomorrow,” he added.

Leclerc acquired his second straight pole however after crashing his strategy to the pole at Monaco Grand Prix, he needed to pull out of the primary race. In Azerbaijan, he will probably be in search of redemption. He stated he didn’t have expectations and so he was pleased with the outcome.

“I didn’t anticipate us to be this aggressive so I’m pleased with the way it went,” Leclerc stated. “The automotive felt OK however I really feel Mercedes and Red Bull have a bit extra from us so it will likely be troublesome tomorrow.” — Leclerc

Verstappen, whose automotive required flash repairs after a crash in third follow, lower a pissed off determine, the Dutch driver saying: “It was only a silly qualifying to be sincere. It is what it’s although, we’re nonetheless P3.

“Our automotive remains to be sturdy so let’s see what we are able to do for the race.

“Let’s hope for a clear begin, three completely different automobiles on the entrance which is all the time good to have.”

For Gasly in the meantime there was the satisfaction of matching his finest ever grid place.

“It’s been a implausible day I have to say, We couldn’t have hoped for something higher. We have been combating with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.”

Lando Norris within the McLaren had certified sixth and was destined for the third row alongside Sainz however he was hit with a 3 place grid penalty for not pitting quickly sufficient after the second of 4 crimson flag appearances.

“I didn’t know I used to be beneath investigation so I’ve to talk to the workforce. I used to be within the center, didn’t know at what level I might go left or proper, I slowed down immediately, I don’t assume I did something incorrect” stated the Briton positioned third within the driver’s standings.

Q1 was suspended for 10 minutes when Lance Stroll crashed his Aston Martin, with the crimson flags out once more when Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo struck a barrier.

Q2 was halted with a minute and a half left to run after Daniel Ricciardo gave his McLaren an unscheduled crumpled makeover.

And the crimson flags got here out for a fourth and last time in the direction of the tip of Q3 however by then Leclerc had sealed his pole to place Ferrari in sight of their first win since Singapore 2019.

(With AFP inputs)

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