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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc delivers Monaco GP pole vow

The Ferrari driver believes he can challenge for pole amid a close field at the top at the end of FP2.

Leclerc Monaco
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Charles Leclerc has insisted he is ready to "give it all" in the fight for his third Monaco pole amid threats from Aston Martin and Red Bull.

The Leclerc name has failed to find success around home streets, with the Ferrari driver securing a best finish of fourth at last year's event. Brother Arthur also crashed during his first F2 qualifying in Monaco on Friday.

The Monégasque's last qualifying session in Miami ended dramatically when he crashed out on his final attempt at a lap, but he is looking to put past performances behind him and focus on finally being able to take the coveted trophy at his home circuit.

"I'll give it all, qualifying is everything here," said Leclerc.

"There is lots of talks about my last race, but qualifying has always been my strength, so I'm not [going] to worry and I'll go for it and see what happens.

"I don't think we have the best car, Red Bull and Aston Martin is, but if I do a good job and put everything in my lap then everything is possible."

Leclerc: We need to do a step forward to beat Aston Martin and Red Bull

The top six was separated by less than half a second by the end of FP2, with Leclerc's best lap on the Soft tyre just 0.065s off Max Verstappen.

He largely trailed teammate Carlos Sainz in FP1, and there is still more to come from the Spaniard after he crashed on his final run in FP2 and Fernando Alonso who encountered traffic on his laps towards the end of the session.

"We are ok but Aston Martin and Red Bull seem to be very quick as well, so we still need to do a step forward," he added.

"The feeling with the car in FP1 wasn't too bad, and in FP2 it was a little bit better, but there was some things that were a little bit unexpected on my car so we'll work during the night to have it exactly how I want it."

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