F1 Monaco GP 2024: Qualifying highlights from Monte Carlo

Follow all the F1 action on the Total Motorsport live blog as teams and drivers take to Monte Carlo for Qualifying at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix

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Good afternoon and welcome to Total-Motorsport’s coverage Qualifying for the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix. This year marks a significant milestone for the Monaco GP, celebrating its 70th edition as part of the Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship. The rich history of this event only adds to the prestige and allure of racing on the iconic streets of Monte Carlo.

In Monaco, the F1 cars face some of the lowest forces of the season due to the slow average speed over the 3.337-kilometre track and corners taken at less than 50 km/h, with cars at full throttle for only 30% of the lap. The 19 corners of the Circuit de Monaco require precision and skill, with drivers aiming to get as close to the barriers as possible without damaging the car.

This season has already shown how close the competition can be, with grid positions often decided by mere thousandths of a second and FP1 continued in that form as Lewis Hamilton topped the session by just 0.029s from Oscar Piastri’s McLaren. Then in FP2, Charles Leclerc delighted his home crowd by setting the fastest time on Friday and the Ferrari driver almost matched the same time in FP3 on Saturday morning.

This weekend’s race is set against the backdrop of numerous commemorations for the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna‘s passing, a legend who left an indelible mark on the Monaco Grand Prix. So stay tuned to Total-Motorsport.com for all the live action from the 2024 Monaco GP with this crucial third practice session at the historic Circuit de Monaco.

F1 LIVE Monaco GP 2024 Qualifying: News and Updates


Report: Leclerc denies Verstappen in breathless Monaco quali

And just like that, you can relive all the action from a truly scintillating qualifying thanks to Joe Krishnan’s report!

Sainz: Priority is to win with Charles

Sainz was magnanimous straight after stepping out of his Ferrari for the post-qualifying interview:

“I’m not entirely happy because I wish I could be fighting for pole position but Charles has been doing an amazing job, I’m happy for him.

“Yesterday I looked very quick on the long runs, I’m confident tomorrow the pace in the long run will be good, it’s just a matter of track position. It’s Monaco, anything can happen but the priority will be to win with Charles tomorrow”

Piastri: We could’ve got pole

Oscar Piastri was one of the most impressive drivers throughout qualifying and secured a front-row start, but said in his post-qualifying interview that he believes he could’ve had more:

“If you took the second half of my first lap in Q3 and the first half of my second one it would’ve been enough, it was just a few mistakes in the end. It’s a good weekend, about building momentum and what better colours to do it in than these.

“A good start always helps and if you can get into the lead you can control it very easily around here, that’s got to be the first goal then strategy because as optimistic as I want to be, overtaking’s not easy around here.”

Ladies and gentlemen, your polesitter

Leclerc’s main priority speaking to Loic Duval after qualifying seemed to be avoiding jinxing tomorrow’s Monaco GP:

“It was nice, the feeling after a qualifying lap is always very special here, really really happy about the lap.

“I know more often than not in the past, qualifying is not everything, we need to put everything together and in the past we did not do so but we’re in a stronger position.

“I need a good launch off the grid, then once we do that hopefully Carlos can follow me then we’ll be 1-2 and we can manage that as a team.”

LECLERC TAKES POLE POSITION!!!

He’s done it!!! For the third time, Charles Leclerc clinches pole position at his home race, can he convert into a win this time? He’s ahead of Piastri, Sainz, Norris and Russell while Verstappen hit the wall at the first corner and survived but was unable to challenge for pole. He’s sixth and Hamilton, Tsunoda, Albon and Gasly rounding out the top 10.

“I’ve hit the wall! Ah man this car is just slippery”

Max Verstappen team radio after missing out on pole

Leclerc-Piastri front row?

There’s still time in the session but this looks to be it…

Bolting early

Sainz and Verstappen have both headed out with four minutes to go followed by the Mercedes, they’re looking for a clean lap rather than the fastest possible track conditions. Meanwhile Albon has gone seventh, keeping the TV broadcast ticking over on an otherwise empty track.

First runs complete

And it’s Leclerc, Piastri, Verstappen and Russell in the top four – though the Mercedes man is over half a second back in a tight trio with Norris and Hamilton.

Leclerc top

It’s very early days but he’s beaten Piastri’s Q2 time, and Leclerc is 0.026s ahead of the Australian.

Perez blames traffic for Q1 exit

Sergio Perez bid farewell in Q1, and spoke to Sky Sports F1 afterwards:

“We’ve been struggling all weekend, we didn’t really get on top of what we were doing, we didn’t really get into a rhythm in qualifying, I encountered traffic in turns 6 and 7 and those few tenths were enough.

“We should’ve been in Q3”

Sergio Perez looks on in qualifying for the 2024 Monaco GP | Mark Thompson/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Prepare for a barnstorming Q3

It was McLaren to the fore at the top of the order though, with Lando Norris leading yet another top four all within a tenth of each other. The stage could barely be set any better after the Q2 times:

1. Norris 1:10.732

2. Verstappen +0.013

3. Piastri +0.024

4. Leclerc +0.093

5. Gasly +0.164

6. Russell +0.197

7. Hamilton +0.324

8. Sainz +0.343

9. Tsunoda +0.374

10. Albon +0.484

Albon survives!

Gasly’s also made it with an absolutely remarkable lap to go fifth, his teammate missed out on Q3 by two tenths though.

All the big hitters remain apart from the two eliminated in Q1, the next 12 minutes on track should be something really special…

10. Albon +0.484 from leader

11. Ocon +0.553

12. Hulkenberg +0.708

13. Ricciardo +0.750

14. Stroll +0.831

15. Magnussen +0.993

Pressure on Norris

And Norris answers, with a stonking lap to go top ahead of Piastri who was the first driver to dip into the 1:10s. Leclerc is next, also within a tenth of Norris.

Haas at risk

They’ve lit up the afternoon so far but Magnussen and Hulkenberg are 13th and 14th right now, with only one or two more runs to go.

Ricciardo, Stroll and Albon are also endangered.

Sainz top with 10 to go

He’s just two hundredths ahead of Verstappen with Tsunoda third, only four times that margin back again.

Q2 underway

Norris required a late jump to survive Q1, and he’s one of the first out in Q2. Mercedes and Piastri have taken a risk heading out on used tyres.

Russell tops Q1

At the other end of the grid, Mercedes led the way in an incredibly close session. But Perez looks simply disconsolate as he’s wheeled away, Verstappen was seventh, behind Albon and two-tenths back from Russell.

1. Russell 1:11.492

2. Piastri +0.008

3. Hamilton +0.36

4. Sainz +0.051

5. Leclerc +0.092

Perez OUT! Alonso OUT!

Wow wow wow. We gave it the big build-up and the first part of Q1 has certainly delivered. Alonso, Sargeant, Perez and the Saubers will play no further part today – and the Mexican’s team radio included a very long beep.

“What a joke ***********”

Sergio Perez’s team radio after Q1 elimination

15. Ocon +0.395 (from leader)

16. Alonso +0.527

17. Sargeant +0.528

18. Perez +0.568

19. Bottas +1.020

20. Zhou +1.536

1 minute to go

Lando Norris is in the drop zone! He’s joined by Gasly, Ricciardo and the Saubers while Sainz, Alonso and Perez are also at risk…

Incredibly tight at the top

What’s got into Haas? Leclerc rescued himself by going top but Magnussen and Hulkenberg are next on the timesheets!

Unfortunately that destroys a beautiful moment when the top five of Piastri, Hamilton, Russell, Sainz and Verstappen were separated by LESS THAN A TENTH!!!

Leclerc in trouble?

6 minutes to go and the favourite for pole position is 13th. Remember, Ferrari went against the consensus out of the pitlane, holding their drivers in the garage rather than joining the queue at the traffic lights. So far, it’s not worked.

“This is the worst position we are out of phase to everybody.”

Charles Leclerc team radio

Into the 1:11s

Piastri has broken the barrier, two-tenths ahead of Verstappen and Alonso. In the least surprising radio messages of the day, there’s traffic problems – for Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz.

Stop the count!

It’s a Haas 1-2! All the favourites have set a time but it’s Hulkenberg’s 1:12.416 that leads the way so far, ahead of Magnussen! The Dane is 0.037 ahead of Norris.

Getting revved up

Leclerc managed a 1:11.369 in final practice – a second quicker than Verstappen’s 2023 pole lap – but no one has bettered that so far with drivers still getting their eyes in.

Goosebumps

The Mercedes are both on flying laps early, the tension is already ratcheting up!

Cars already out the garage

The pitlane is already chocker with George Russell at the front of the queue. Ferrari are the big exceptions, they’re still in the garage.

T-5 minutes

It’s an incredible weekend of sport – after the Europa League aperitif on Wednesday the FA Cup final is one of several major domestic trophies that will be awarded today across the continent while rugby union’s European competitions will also be wrapped up. Not to mention the Indy500 coming up tomorrow.

But Monaco is right up there with the best of them, and especially so today. We should see an absolutely blockbuster fight for pole position, you really don’t want to miss this!

Red Bull pole would surprise Horner

Christian Horner has told Sky Sports F1 that it would be a big surprise if Red Bull’s pole position streak extends in Monaco.

Las Vegas was the last time Verstappen was beaten to top spot but you can just never count the flying Dutchman out when it’s all on the line.

What about Bottas?

Valtteri Bottas’ Sauber is still being rebuilt in his garage after that FP3 incident, so it remains to be seen how big a part he’ll play in the Q1 fight and beyond.

The man to beat

All the talk is about Charles Marc Hervé Perceval Leclerc ahead of qualifying. Mr Saturday has never won on his home streets, in any championship, as a litany of bad luck has dogged him at every turn despite two Monaco poles.

Will it be any different this year? Well he’s started well by topping FP2 and FP3 but this afternoon is when it really matters.

Hello and welcome!

Good afternoon, and welcome to one of the best F1 sessions of the year! I, Adam Dickinson, will be your host for qualifying on the streets of Monte Carlo and the showpiece event gets underway at 15:00 UK time.

Whoever takes pole position will be the overwhelming favourite for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix, and we could witness a five-way battle for the top spot.

Monaco GP 2024 Pirelli Tyre Info

Pirelli has selected the C3 as Hard, C4 as Medium, and C5 as Soft. Street circuits like Monaco feature smooth surfaces, demanding maximum grip from tyres. At Monaco, tyres face minimal forces due to the track’s slow average speed and corners taken at under 50 km/h, with cars at full throttle for only 30% of the lap. Despite this, the 78-lap race subjects tyres to frequent stress, especially during traction. Early in the weekend, graining can be problematic. Driver confidence is critical on this error-intolerant track with 19 corners, as qualifying is vital due to the difficulty of overtaking.

Pirelli tyre info for the 2024 Monaco GP
Pirelli tyre info for the 2024 Monaco GP

Where to Watch the F1 2024 Monaco GP

Sky Sports F1 remains the home for live Formula 1 racing in the UK. The channel will provide comprehensive coverage of the Monaco GP, including practice, qualifying, and the race itself. Meanwhile, F1 fans in the USA can catch all the action across ESPN with the race on ABC.

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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