New Delhi: Charles Leclerc took pole position at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday (June 5) after Yuki Tsunoda brought the fourth red flag in a crash-ridden qualifying session. This was the fourth red flag of the session which was the most for a Formula 1 qualifying session equalling the record set at the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton was second in the standings followed by championship leader Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly.
The first session of qualifying saw a torrid start with only Leclerc able to set a time before Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll hit the wall at Turn 15 which brought out the red flag. The red flag ended Stroll’s day but it provided a boost to George Russell whose car was repaired due to the extra time brought by the red flag.
The session restarted but it was Antonio Giovuazzi who crashed into the wall at the same spot to bring out the red flags for a second time.
At the end of the session, it was Nikita Mazepin, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi who failed to make it out of Q1 along with Stroll and Giovanazzi.
The second qualifying session saw much better performances by defending champion Lewis Hamilton as he set the third-fastest time.
However, the drama was not done as Daniel Ricciardo crashed into the wall which brought out the third red flag.
On the other hand, Tsunoda in his first season in Formula 1 went fourth-fastest to qualify for Q3.
The final session saw Leclerc set the fastest time as he got a big toe from Hamilton.
In the next lap, Hamilton set the second fastest time.
With minutes left in the Q3, all the drivers came out for their last hot lap.
But Tsunoda’s crash at Turn 15 coupled with Carlos Sainz’s crash behind him brought out the fourth red flag with Leclerc getting back-to-back poles after Monaco.