HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from a thrilling qualifying in Baku as Leclerc stuns Red Bull to take pole
Charles Leclerc put in a stunning performance at a dramatic qualifying outing at the Baku City Circuit to take pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – his third consecutive pole position at Baku.
On his final lap in Q3, Leclerc set a time of 1m 40.203s to lead rival Max Verstappen by 0.188s, with the other Red Bull of Sergio Perez down in third – 0.292s off the pace of the Monegasque.
Carlos Sainz made it a Ferrari-Red Bull top four, qualifying ahead of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton in fifth, the Aston Martin of Fernando Alonso, in sixth, and his former McLaren team mate Lando Norris, in seventh.
Yuki Tsunoda produced a starring performance to qualify eighth, ahead of Lance Stroll, as Oscar Piastri rounded out the top-10. Meanwhile, George Russell suffered a shock, as he was knocked out of Q2, leaving him starting down in P11.
The session was red-flagged twice in Q1 after Nyck De Vries crashed into the barrier at Turn 3, before the man he replaced at AlphaTauri, Pierre Gasly, did similar at the same corner just a few moments later, compounding a difficult opening day in Baku for the Alpine driver.
Click on the video player above to relive the action from an action-packed qualifying in Baku and join us again for all new Sprint shootout at 1230 local time on Saturday.