'Confused' Ricciardo suffers more qualifying pain

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Australian Daniel Ricciardo volition commencement from 14th astatine Sunday night's (AEST) Monaco Grand Prix aft enduring different disappointing qualifying session.

A time aft crashing into the barriers successful practice, Ricciardo's Monaco nightmare continued erstwhile helium was knocked retired successful Q2 aft 2 laps.

It was Ricciardo's McLaren teammate Lando Norris who erstwhile again finished the amended of the brace successful qualifying fifth.

"FP3 (Free Practice 3) was conscionable trying to get backmost into a spot of a bushed and get backmost up to speed, and past we made immoderate car changes arsenic good for qualifying, and I deliberation we were successful a decent place," Ricciardo told Sky Sports.

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"Q1, I was making immoderate bully steps [but] a fewer mistakes arsenic well. So I think, putting it each together, it was really looking similar we were determination — let's accidental competitory for wherever it was.

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren walks successful the Pitlane astatine Monaco (Getty)

"And past successful Q2 it conscionable — you tin spot connected your delta arsenic well, you're conscionable not making the gains that you should with way improvement and each of this."

"It yet conscionable becomes precise hard to consciousness wherever the bounds is and however overmuch much to go," helium said. "I don't cognize what the connection is. It's frustrating.

"It's conscionable confusing — confusing to not marque these kinds of earthy steps that 1 should."

Meanwhile, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc volition commencement connected rod for Sunday's race.

On his location track, wherever helium cycles from his flat to the course, Leclerc hopes to decorativeness for the archetypal clip and reclaim the Formula 1 points lead.

Leclerc was scheduled to pb the tract from rod successful the Monaco Grand Prix — the aforesaid presumption helium was successful a twelvemonth ago. But helium ne'er adjacent started the contention due to the fact that helium crashed his Ferrari astatine the extremity of qualifying and the car couldn't beryllium repaired successful clip for him to compete.

In 3 erstwhile starts connected Monaco's metropolis streets, Leclerc has retired doubly with clang harm and failed to start. This Sunday, helium hopes a triumph pushes him up of reigning champion Max Verstappen successful the F1 standings and dismissed immoderate conception he's cursed connected his hometown streets.

Monacan operator Charles Leclerc (R) of Ferrari receives rod presumption trophy from Liberty CEO Greg Maffei (L) aft qualifying (Getty)

"I'm not superstitious astatine all," Leclerc said. "We've had a creaseless play until present and we're starting successful the champion spot possible. Hopefully we person a cleanable contention and we yet person a bully effect astatine home."

Leclerc was fastest successful 2 of 3 signifier sessions, arsenic good arsenic qualifying.

Ferrari locked retired the beforehand enactment arsenic Carlos Sainz Jr. qualified 2nd contempt spinning into Sergio Perez's disabled Red Bull with 30 seconds remaining successful Saturday qualifying.

"I saw the yellowish flag, I realised that the car successful beforehand of maine had crashed and you don't spot wherever helium has crashed, truthful you participate the country without knowing wherever he's going to be," said Sainz. "I deed the brakes harder and managed to clip him with the backmost of the car. It would person been a beauteous bully prevention if I'd person saved it, due to the fact that determination was fundamentally nary clip to prevention it. But it's what happens successful Monaco."

Pole presumption for Charles Leclerc from Monaco (Getty)

It concluded an eventful time for Sainz, who was fined $37,000 for impeding Lance Stroll during the last practice. Sainz astir came to a halt connected the way astatine the past country with Stroll down him aft receiving what contention stewards called "a bid of grossly incorrect messages."

And, Ferrari squad main Mattia Binotto acknowledged reliability issues are a interest pursuing Leclerc's motor nonaccomplishment astatine past week's Spanish Grand Prix. Leclerc was starring erstwhile his Ferrari sputtered to a halt and reigning F1 champion Max Verstappen went connected to triumph his 3rd consecutive contention and instrumentality a six-point pb implicit Leclerc successful the standings.

"Reliability is ever a concern," Binotto said. "It's worrying us, we're looking astatine what happened."

Red Bull, meanwhile, has squashed immoderate interior play that mightiness person lingered pursuing squad orders past week that demanded Perez relinquish the pb to Verstappen.

Red Bull main Christian Horner said the squad spoke with Perez aft the contention successful Spain, and Perez qualified 3rd successful Monaco alongside teammate Verstappen.

"He's a large squad player, he's a immense portion of our team," said Horner. "We saw the issues that evidently Ferrari had arsenic a team, it was a logical happening to do, not to let the drivers to combat each other, and effort to slope those points.

"We've evidently talked it through, the rationale down that, which helium afloat accepted, and understood. Now we effort and instrumentality the combat to Ferrari this weekend."

Norris of McLaren qualified fifth, 1 spot up of George Russell for Mercedes. Russell's teammate, seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, qualified eighth and was incapable to amended his presumption due to the fact that of the red-flag brought retired by Perez's spin.

Fernando Alonso qualified seventh, portion Sebastian Vettel and Esteban Ocon were ninth and 10th.

Hamilton is connected people for an eighth contention without a win, which would adjacent his worst Mercedes tally since the extremity of 2015 and the commencement of 2016. He has a grounds 103 F1 wins, and adjacent without the precocious caution successful qualifying, doesn't deliberation helium could person improved his position.

"The reddish flags outgo maine my last lap, but I don't deliberation it was going to beryllium overmuch different," the British seasoned said. "The car feels beauteous atrocious retired determination and we're having to instrumentality immoderate large risks to get anyplace adjacent the times of the cars successful front."

The upwind forecast called for rainfall connected Sunday night, and Leclerc wondered what it mightiness bash to the acquainted streets.

"City tracks are precise tricky. In the bedewed I'm definite Monaco is adjacent tougher," said Leclerc.

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