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Spanish GP: Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc secures pole position with top finish in Qualifying race

Leclerc was followed by Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in the second position.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 21 May 2022 10:54 pm

No one is stopping Charles Leclerc this season! The Ferrari driver is steaming the tracks with his hot performances in the 2022 season. With four podium finishes and two wins this year, Leclerc is already sitting at the top position with 104 points from five races. The Monacan further strengthened his position with a top position finish in the Qualifying Race of the Spanish Grand Prix slated to take place next weekend.

Leclerc looked in red-hot form in the Qualifying Race as he finished at the helm and thus secured the pole position for the main race next weekend. Leclerc was followed by Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in the second position. Mercedes’ George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished in the fourth and sixth positions respectively.

After Leclerc topped Q1, Verstappen hit back with the fastest time of Q2 – with Mercedes lurking just behind the Ferrari and Red Bull throughout the first two qualifying segments. Leclerc then dramatically spun on his first run in Q3, leaving Verstappen top. However, Leclerc re-emerged to go top with a time of 1m 18.750s.

Lewis Hamilton to start from sixth position

While youngsters continued to impress in the 2022 season, seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton’s dreadful run also continued. The Mercedes driver finished in the sixth position in 1 m 19.512s. Thus, he will start the main race from the sixth position. Meanwhile, Hamilton’s partner George Russell smashed his first sector to pip Sergio Perez to P4.

Alfa Romeo’s new recruitee Valtteri Bottas showed strong pace throughout and finished seventh while Kevin Magnussen took eighth – his 10th-placed team mate Mick Schumacher making it to Q3 for the first time – with Daniel Ricciardo in P9 for McLaren between the Haas pair.

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