Charles Leclerc

March 28, 2021, Sakhir, Bahrain: CHARLES LECLERC of Monaco and Scuderia Ferrari on the starting grid before the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Credit Image: © James Gasperotti/ZUMA Wire)

Charles Leclerc retains Monaco GP pole after Ferrari repairs + final grid

Charles Leclerc retained his Monaco Grand Prix pole position after his Ferrari mechanics succeeded in repairing his car in time and without replacing the gear box.

Charles Leclerc

March 28, 2021, Sakhir, Bahrain: CHARLES LECLERC of Monaco and Scuderia Ferrari on the starting grid before the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Credit Image: © James Gasperotti/ZUMA Wire)

Charles Leclerc retained his Monaco Grand Prix pole position on Sunday morning after the Ferrari mechanics succeeded in repairing his car in time and without replacing the gear box.

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Charles Leclerc, a 23-year-old Monegasque, set the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday but then crashed his car. 

A gearbox change would still have led to an automatic grid penalty. 

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“Following further in depth checks this morning, no apparent defects were found on Charles Leclerc’s gearbox, therefore the Monegasque driver will start today’s race from pole position, as per the qualifying result,” Ferrari tweeted at the start of the afternoon.

Charles Leclerc will start from the front row for the first time in Monaco in front of his family and fans, alongside Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull. 

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes, who leads the championship ahead of Verstappen, will only start seventh. 

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Starting grid for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix:

Front row:

Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari)

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull-Honda)

2nd row:

Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes)

Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari)

3rd row:

Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)

Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Honda)

4th row:

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)

Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

5th row:

Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull-Honda)

Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari)

6th row:

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault)

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes)

7th row:

Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari)

8th row:

George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes)

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Honda)

9th row:

Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault)

Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes)

10th row:

Nikita Mazepin (RUS/Haas-Ferrari)

Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari)