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Verstappen steals Monaco pole at the death

By Dylan Bettencourt

Max Verstappen added another milestone to his illustrious career as he clinched his first-ever pole position at the iconic Monaco circuit.

Known for his blistering pace and fearless driving, Verstappen pulled off a stunning performance right at the final moments of qualifying.

Traditionally, starting from pole position has proven to be a decisive advantage, often leading to victory on race day. Verstappen will be eager to maintain this trend and secure a triumphant finish come Sunday.

However, the Red Bull driver made the qualifying session a nail-biter, initially trailing behind Fernando Alonso, who held the top spot. It was only in the final sector that Verstappen unleashed his full potential, shaving off a remarkable 0.3 seconds to snatch the coveted pole position.

Monaco’s qualifying session has always held immense significance, and Verstappen’s achievement further solidifies its importance on the Formula 1 calendar. The stakes were high right from the start, as Sergio Perez encountered a heart-stopping moment during his first flying lap.

Losing control of his car, Perez slammed into the wall at the opening corner, casting doubts on the Red Bull team’s ability to repair the potential gearbox damage in time.

As a result of the unfortunate incident, Perez finds himself at the back of the starting grid, facing a daunting task in the upcoming race.

Meanwhile, local hero Charles Leclerc secured an impressive third place on the grid, much to the delight of the enthusiastic Monegasque fans. Esteban Ocon, driving for Alpine, also produced a commendable performance, securing a spot right behind Leclerc.

In the midst of fierce competition, Carlos Sainz, representing Ferrari, will begin the race from fifth position, closely followed by Pierre Gasly and the seasoned champion Lewis Hamilton.

Looking ahead to the main event, Verstappen has the opportunity to claim his 39th victory with Red Bull, surpassing the legendary Sebastian Vettel as the driver with the most wins for the team.

The excitement continues to build as race day approaches, with the weather forecast predicting the possibility of rain. Such conditions promise a highly tactical battle, with drivers vying for valuable points in the ever-changing Monaco streets.

Pictured above: Max Verstappen

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