Master of Poles Charles Leclerc Denies Perez in Baku qualifying

Charles Leclerc (AP Image)

Charles Leclerc (AP Image)

Perez, who won on the streets of the Azerbaijani capital 12 months ago and in Monaco the last time, once again outperformed fellow world champion Max Verstappen.

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  • Last updated:June 11, 2022, 21:35 GMT
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Charles Leclerc lived up to his status as master of poles this season when he pulled a lap out of the bag in Saturday’s qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver, who scored fourth in a row at first and sixth for the season, was joined on the front row for Sunday’s race by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.

Perez, who won on the streets of the Azerbaijani capital 12 months ago and in Monaco the last time, once again outperformed fellow world champion Max Verstappen.

Verstappen starts in the second row with Carlos Sainz in the other Ferrari.

“It feels good,” Leclerc said gleefully.

“All the poles looked good, but that was not what I expected. I thought the Red Bulls were stronger in the first and second qualifying rounds but in the last lap everything came together.”

Leclerc made a healthy lead in the championship after the fifth race in Australia, but entered the eighth round of the season with nine points behind Verstappen, with Perez back only six points in third.

He is desperate to regain the title’s momentum on Sunday, saying, “I’m really excited for tomorrow.”

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