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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc confeses disappointment despite bagging Las Vegas pole

Charles Leclerc took his fifth pole position of the season in Las Vegas but admitted he wasn't particularly happy after the session.

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Charles Leclerc has admitted he was left disappointed despite taking pole position for the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

The Monegasque driver took his fifth pole of the season and his third in the last four Formula 1 events.

Leclerc narrowly edged out team-mate Carlos Sainz to the top spot, however he will be joined on the front row by Max Verstappen as Sainz will take a 10-place grid penalty.

Verstappen, who has enjoyed a dominant F1 season, was four-tenths down on Leclerc at the chequered flag.

Despite besting the Red Bull team by a sizeable margin, Leclerc felt he had more to give on the track during his final qualifying lap.

“Obviously it's an incredible event and to be starting from pole is great,” Leclerc said. “However I'm disappointed with my laps in Q3.

“I didn't do a good enough job but it was enough for P1. So that's all we need.”

Leclerc eyes Las Vegas victory

Leclerc is yet to take a race victory this year despite taking pole position in almost a quarter of the events staged.

Red Bull has almost always possessed the faster car across race pace despite its limitations over one lap.

However, Leclerc is hopeful that he will be in contention for the Grand Prix victory and secure Ferrari's second win of the year after it success in Singapore.

“Now we focus on tomorrow to try and put everything together in the race,” Leclerc stated.

“Normally that's where we lack the most performance. So I hope we can put it all together and win here.

"Hopefully we work hard enough in order to win and then have a good party to celebrate that win.”

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