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Leclerc surprised to take second F1 pole in a row with “shit lap” in Baku

Leclerc’s impressive first lap in Q3 put him over 0.2s clear of Lewis Hamilton, benefitting from a tow off the Mercedes driver. Yuki Tsunoda and Carlos Sainz’s crashes at the end of Q3 resulted in another red flag and meant no one could improve, ensuring Leclerc secured the ninth pole of his career. “It was quite a shit lap I thought,” Leclerc said after qualifying in Baku. “There were like two or three corners I did mistakes but then of course, I had the big tow from Lewis in the last sector which helped me a little bit but overall I think we would have been there or thereabouts for pole without the slipstream. “It’s a good day! I didn’t expect to be as competitive as we...
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