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Leclerc thrilled with pole after making mistake in 'difficult' qualifying

Charles Leclerc will start the Spanish Grand Prix from P1 on the grid, despite making an error during Saturday's qualifying session.

Charles Leclerc was thrilled to secure pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix after an earlier mistake ruined his first flying lap of Q3. The Ferrari driver suffered a spin going into Turn 14 on his opening run, leaving him without a time on the board. This meant that it all came down to his final attempt. Leclerc delivered, though, and claimed P1 on the grid with a time of 1:18.750. He admitted afterwards that it had not been an easy qualifying. "I feel good," Leclerc told Sky Sports F1 . "It was a very, very difficult session. Especially in Q3, because I did a mistake in the first run of Q3, and then obviously I only had one lap, but it went extremely well. "I had a bit of a moment on my lap but, at the end, I made it stick, and [I'm] very, very happy with pole position. It was a very good lap and the car was amazing too, so we are very happy."

Leclerc remains wary of tyre management issues

With the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya having a reputation for being difficult to overtake on, Leclerc is pleased to be starting from the front. However, given that he has Max Verstappen alongside him in P2, the Scuderia driver remains wary of the threat from his rival, particularly in light of Ferrari's recent struggles with tyre management. "I am in a strong position to start the race," Leclerc explained. "But we've been struggling with tyres in the last two races compared to Red Bull. "Max is just behind and, if we don't manage our tyres well, we will lose that win, so we need to get on top of it and do a good job tomorrow with tyre management." Leclerc's teammate, Carlos Sainz, will start just behind him in third, so the Monegasque is hopeful that together they can bring home a strong result for the team. "I really hope so," he added. "I hope we can do a 1-2 together with Carlos. It would be great for the team, and we'll give it [our] all."

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