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FACTS AND STATS: Albon scores his first Q3 in 2024 as Williams bag best starting slot in Monaco for 8 years

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Williams FW46 Mercedes

Charles Leclerc sent the home fans wild with a scintillating pole position, to give himself the best chance of a first victory around the streets where he grew up. He ended Max Verstappen’s run of pole positions, the Dutchman struggling to sixth position in the end. Here are all the best facts and stats from Monaco…

  • Ferrari take their 250th pole position as an F1 constructor and their 13th in Monte Carlo.

  • Leclerc bags his third Monaco Grand Prix pole, but he has never physically started from P1 at this track thanks to a DNS in 2021 and a Safety Car start in 2022.

  • Leclerc hasn’t won any of his last 12 starts from pole, the second longest streak in history after Rene Arnoux with 13.

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  • Oscar Piastri was second, for his second career front row start.

  • This is McLaren’s first front row start in Monaco since Jenson Button in 2011.

  • Carlos Sainz qualified third, his second career top-three start in Monaco, while Lando Norris’s fourth was his highest career start in the Principality.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 25: Pole position qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari

Leclerc grabbed his third pole position on home soil

  • George Russell was fifth and has now out-qualified Lewis Hamilton 7-1 this season. That will be Mercedes’ first top-five start since Bahrain.

  • Max Verstappen was sixth, meaning he stays tied with Ayrton Senna for eight consecutive pole positions.

  • The gaps were tight – Verstappen was only 0.049s slower than third-placed Sainz.

  • Lewis Hamilton grabbed P6, to tie his best start of the season.

  • Yuki Tsunoda grabbed eighth, his sixth top 10 start in the last seven races.

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  • Alex Albon made Q3 for the first time this year, ninth also his team’s first top 10 start in Monaco since 2016.

  • Pierre Gasly managed to grab Alpine’s first top 10 starting berth of the year and in doing so, out-qualified his team mate for the second time in 2024 in Grands Prix.

  • Nico Hulkenberg was P12, having only reached Q3 in Monaco once in his career, back in 2016.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 25: 8th placed qualifier Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Visa Cash App RB talks

Tsunoda featured in the top 10 yet again, as he puts himself in a great position to score points tomorrow

  • Daniel Ricciardo failed to make Q3, meaning he has been out-qualified 7-1 by Tsunoda so far in 2024.

  • Lance Stroll was 14th, and he is now tied 4-4 in qualifying with Fernando Alonso.

  • Alonso’s P16 means he exited in Q1 for back-to-back races, despite being just half a second off the fastest time in Q1.

  • Logan Sargeant’s 17th position matches his best qualifying of the year so far.

HIGHLIGHTS: Relive a frenetic Monaco qualifying as Leclerc delights his home fans with pole position

  • Sergio Perez was knocked out in Q1 for the second straight year in Monaco.

  • Valtteri Bottas lines up on the back row in P19, his worst result of the season.

  • Zhou Guanyu was the slowest qualifier for the fifth time in eight race weekends in 2024.

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