Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Monaco, 2021

2021 Monaco Grand Prix grid

2021 Monaco Grand Prix

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Row 11. Charles Leclerc* 1’10.346
2. Max Verstappen 1’10.576
Red Bull
Row 23. Valtteri Bottas 1’10.601
4. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’10.611
Row 35. Lando Norris 1’10.620
6. Pierre Gasly 1’10.900
Row 47. Lewis Hamilton 1’11.095
8. Sebastian Vettel 1’11.419
Aston Martin
Row 59. Sergio Perez 1’11.573
Red Bull
10. Antonio Giovinazzi 1’11.779
Alfa Romeo
Row 611. Esteban Ocon 1’11.486
12. Daniel Ricciardo 1’11.598
Row 713. Lance Stroll 1’11.600
Aston Martin
14. Kimi Raikkonen 1’11.642
Alfa Romeo
Row 815. George Russell 1’11.830
16. Yuki Tsunoda 1’12.096
Row 917. Fernando Alonso 1’12.205
18. Nicholas Latifi 1’12.366
Row 1019. Nikita Mazepin 1’12.958
20. Mick Schumacher No time

*Did not start


Mick Schumacher – Five-place grid penalty for gearbox change.

Did not meet 107% time

Mick Schumacher – Has been granted permission to start as “the driver has set satisfactory times in practice at this event”.

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19 comments on “2021 Monaco Grand Prix grid”

  1. At the time of my comment we don’t know if Leclerc will get a gearbox penalty or not, but if he will, he and Verstappen will have cancelled out taking each other’s pole positions after the 2019 Mexican GP (remember how insistent Max was after that that he got pole?) as pole positions are based on starting from first, not on winning qualifying.

    1. Indeed @hunocsi, similar to Schumacher’s Mercedes pole lap. Hard to say what will happen, but Verstappen crashed in almost identical manner in 2018 and ended up with gearbox damage and a penalty.

    2. Good observation there @hunocsi! Yeah, it would rather surprise me if the Ferrari gearbox survived that clash.

  2. Disappointing qualifying for Perez. Vettel was a surprise.

  3. Barry Bens (@barryfromdownunder)
    22nd May 2021, 15:21

    I sure hope we’ll see some overtakes tomorrow, or I’m thinking the predictions for this week will not give a lot of points to anyone. Not that I wouldn’t mind Gasly to get P6 and Hamilton P7, but still.

  4. Gasly, Vettel, Norris and surprisingly Mazepin were the drivers of the day for me. Perez and Hamilton both dreadful.

    1. I’d add Giovinazzi to that first list, great effort from his as well to get his Alfa into the Top-10.

      1. Indeed, great point @srga91

    2. Perez was in line for a lap that would have gotten him about the range of Bottas’ lap until he came up on a mighty traffic jam towards the end though. Agree with you on Giovinazzi @srga91

      1. True @bascb, but he shouldn’t have to rely on the final lap, he should have banked a quicker one in the first part of Q3 if that car had such pace.

        1. Yes, that is certainly the sensible approach @john-h, and not managing that is clearly a solid indication that he is not there where he surely wants to be or the team needs him to be. But since he did look like he could get there (in contrast with Hamilton who never even looked close to the pace in the first place) I do see a huge gap between deeming Hamilton’s effort “dreadful” and doing so for Perez.

  5. Kudos to Gasly for a third row qualy, in front of one of the Mercedes and one of the RedBull.
    Also, I’m starting to get worried about Riccardo, who is one of my favourite drivers of the season.

  6. So thus far, of the big names that have moved into new teams, Vettel is actually doing better than the others in relation to his teammate, which is quite a surprise to me.

  7. Adam (@rocketpanda)
    22nd May 2021, 15:39

    Did Perez & Ricciardo just not turn up? Like for Ricciardo being so far away from Norris is bad, but Perez being beaten by both Ferraris, a McLaren and an AlphaTauri really isn’t good at all. Red Bull really needed him to at least punish Hamilton a little more and outqualify him.

    1. @rocketpanda Perez run through traffic at Rascasse. Though I must concur he’s having a poor weekend so far. With Hamilton’s abysmal time, he should be there in front of him at the very least. Keep this way and Marko is gonna snap soon.

  8. What a weekend so far!
    Leclerc, Norris, Gasly and Sainz with great form.

    Given Bottas’ time, I wonder had Hamilton been on form this weekend if he could get pole. 2nd row at minimum he’d get.

    Shame for Sainz under Red Flags.

    This whole new-car-at-new-team reality is hurting some big players. I’d say Dannyric is getting the worst of it, since his car is solid good. The rest is excused, though if Vettel lost to Stroll today, he’d be better pack up and leave.

  9. What happened to Sainz’s final sector during his first run in Q3?! He was even slightly up on Charles, coming into the final sector and then lost 0.3 there.

  10. I thought I had written Seb off, but somehow it feels like a victory to see him comfortably outqualify Stroll for once. Haha

    1. @d0senbrot he did well for much of the last race. I feel like he’ll be almost back to old form by the end of the year. Something is happening for him at Aston Martin and so far it’s been good.

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