26 May 2018

Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying Saturday


Charles Leclerc finished in Q2 for the third time in a row at his home Grand Prix (P14); Marcus Ericsson put in a solid performance, finishing in P17


Weather: FP3: sunny and dry, 23-26°C air, 40-44°C track; Qualifying: sunny and dry, 26-28°C air, 46-49°C track


It was a positive qualifying outcome for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team with a strong performance from both of the team's drivers. The Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc delivered an excellent result, finishing in Q2 for the third time in a row, and securing P14 on the starting grid of his home track, the Circuit de Monaco. Marcus Ericsson also put in a solid performance, and finished in P17 after aborting his final fast lap of Q1 due to a yellow flag. He will be starting from P16 in tomorrow's race due to a penalty given to another driver (Romain Grosjean). The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team drivers look forward to the Monaco Grand Prix, a very iconic appointment on every season's calendar.


Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
C37 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 17th in Q1 (1:13.265 min / hypersoft tyres)

3rd practice: 20th (1:14.221 min / hypersoft tyres / 28 laps)
"It was a tight qualifying as we would expect in Monaco. We knew Q2 was possible if we put everything together. Unfortunately for me, towards the end of Q1 there was a yellow flag when the tyres were at their best, so that is frustrating. It feels there is potential in the car and I felt good driving. With that said, it is positive that we are in the midfield again and in the fight. We have to focus on tomorrow now, because here in Monaco, anything can happen. If we have a good strategy and trouble-free race, we can have good results. I look forward to getting a new chance tomorrow to fight back."


Charles Leclerc (car number 16):
C37 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 14th in Q2 (1:12.829 min / hypersoft tyres)

3rd practice: 17th (1:13.644 min / hypersoft tyres / 25 laps) "I am really happy about today's qualifying. Finishing in Q2 for the third time in a row feels amazing, and achieving this in my home town makes it even more special. It was a good day overall, and everything seemed to come together well. We are at a challenging circuit, and the whole team did a really good job in extracting the maximum from the car. I am looking forward to tomorrow, when I will be part of the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time ever in Formula 1. A big dream is coming true, and I can't wait for it to start."


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