When the Monaco Grand Prix gets underway tomorrow on the streets of Monte Carlo, both Scuderia Ferrari cars will start from the front row. Charles Leclerc secured his fifth pole position from seven races in the 2022 Formula One championship in his F1-75 and will be able to count on having his Maranello teammate Carlos Sainz alongside him. It was an almost perfect qualifying session for the Italian side: Charles took his 14th career pole, which puts him fourth on the all-time list of Scuderia Ferrari drivers, just one behind Felipe Massa. This was the Maranello team’s 235th pole and its 68th one-two in qualifying.
Ferrari Racing Director Laurent Mekies shares his thoughts on the qualifying session for the 2022 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix:
“We are very pleased with how qualifying went. The Monaco circuit is one of a kind and the fact that, even here the F1-75 was very much on the pace, shows that Maranello has produced a really good car. Congratulations to all the team and the drivers who were excellent. The Monaco weekend is always particularly tricky and Charles and Carlos dealt well with the pressure and the traffic, managing to make the car and tyres work at their best. Once again, Charles produced a superlative performance and, but for the red flag, could have gone even quicker. Right from the start of free practice, Carlos demonstrated that he had a great feeling for the car which allowed him to qualify on the front row, which will be very important for tomorrow. Unfortunately, on his second run in Q3, he spun to avoid Sergio Perez who had crashed just before the tunnel. There’s no denying we got a fright seeing the two cars stuck across the track and we hoped the red flags would come out as soon as possible. Fortunately, neither driver was hurt and now we will give the F1-75 a thorough check to ascertain the extent of the damage. We can expect a very long race tomorrow, which could be particularly tricky if it rains. Tonight, we will work on preparing for every eventuality. There are a lot of fans here supporting us and Charles in particular and we want to give them something to cheer about.” – Laurent Mekies said, as reported by the Maranello team’s official website after the qualifying session in Monte Carlo.