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Crash ends qualifying early as Daniel Ricciardo only manages 14th fastest

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Daniel Ricciardo will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from 14th after a disappointing qualifying session, while Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc takes pole at his home race.

Ricciardo was knocked out in Q2 after two, poor flying laps around the narrow streets of Monte Carlo.

The McLaren driver was 11th-fastest after Q1, needing a late flying lap to secure his spot in the second session.

However, while his teammate Lando Norris was able to get the most out of his McLaren, qualifying fifth, Ricciardo continued the struggles he has dealt with throughout the season.

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Ricciardo will need a stellar performance on Sunday to get into the top 10 and score points, around a circuit that is notorious for limited overtaking opportunities.

Meanwhile, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc blitzed the field at his home race to secure a second-consecutive pole position at Monaco.

Leclerc was two-tenths of a second quicker than Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who will join him on the front row of the grid.

Perez crashed his car on his final flying lap and was then run into by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, ending the qualifying session prematurely.

A late crash ends Monaco qualifying early.(Kayo: F1/Sky Sports)

Leclerc said he was thrilled to be on pole for his home race, believing he had a competitive car for the race. 

“I am so incredibly happy,” he said.

“I knew the pace was in the car. I just had to do the job.

Despite securing pole in 2021, a drive-shaft issue meant he could not start the race.

Drivers’ championship leader Max Verstappen struggled to keep pace with title-rival Leclerc, qualifying fourth for Sunday’s race.

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