Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc believes he could have taken pole without the late Q3 crash that ended the session early.

Four red flags plagued the Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying session, but Leclerc thinks he would have taken pole without the red flags. It is his second pole in a row and ninth in his career, as Ferrari continue their resurgence from a dismal 2020 season.

“It was still not as good as I would feel on a normal pole position, because obviously there was the red flag at the end there,” Leclerc said.

“I feel like we had the pace to do pole position anyway on the second Q3 lap with everyone finishing their laps. I’m very happy with today. I mean, it looked positive anyway. I think without the tow we would have been thereabouts, but this helped us a little bit.”

“And I got it right. A little bit of luck, a little bit of thinking behind it, but probably a bit more luck.”

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