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Leclerc hails 'amazing' pole as he bounces back from Imola error

Charles Leclerc will start the inaugural Miami Grand Prix from the front row, with Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz alongside him.

Charles Leclerc was thrilled to claim pole position for the Miami Grand Prix following his mistake last time out at Imola. The Monegasque set a time of 1:28.796 to take P1 on the grid at the Miami International Autodrome, two tenths of a second ahead of Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz in P2. Leclerc admits that he took added motivation from the enthusiasm of the crowd. "The fans are crazy," Leclerc told Sky Sports F1 after the session. "It's incredible to be here in the US and to see how much the sport has grown over the past few years, and to see so many people in the grandstands definitely motivated [me]. "There are also a lot of Ferrari fans, so it's amazing." Leclerc was particularly pleased to bounce back following his error in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which saw him drop points. "The last weekend hasn't been great for me," he explained. "I did a mistake in the race but today went well, so we're starting on pole and we need to finish the job tomorrow."

Leclerc expecting "challenge" from Red Bull

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez qualified in third and fourth respectively, meaning that they will line up directly behind the Ferrari duo. When asked whether he is concerned about the straight-line speed of the Red Bull, Leclerc commented: "Well, yeah, they are extremely quick in the straight lines. "We are quick in the corners, and, yeah, it will be a tight challenge tomorrow and hopefully we'll come back on top." Leclerc currently leads Verstappen in the Drivers' standings by 27 points.

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