Ricciardo crashes out during qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo crashed out during qualifying at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

After Lance Stroll and Antonio Giovinazzi crashed out when they collided with the wall at Turn 15 in Q1, Ricciardo’s McLaren ultimately followed suit.

The Aussie’s qualifying came to an end during the second session when he crashed his McLaren into the barriers at Turn 3, while in 13th.

“Big disappointment for Daniel and for us, especially after the step forward we saw [what] we could do this weekend,” McLaren F1 Team Principal Andreas Seidl said.

“Seeing also the lap times he could do on used tires in the first session…It is what it is.”

Then in Q3, a fourth red flag came out when Yuki Tsunoda collided with the wall before another crash occurred when Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz had his own incident at the same barrier.

Both incidents took place at Turn 3, the same turn that cruelled Ricciardo’s day.

Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc won his second consecutive pole position, again under the red flag, to earn the top starting spot for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Leclerc set his time of 1 minute, 41.218 seconds early in Saturday’s third session. Championship leader Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were among the drivers just starting their late flying laps when Tsunoda hit the wall and then Leclerc’s teammate Sainz crashed right behind.

It brought an immediate end to the session and put Leclerc on pole for the second consecutive grand prix.

It was Leclerc who crashed his Ferrari to end qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago, and even though he retained his starting position at his home track, repairs to his car were not completed in time and he did not race.

“It feels very good, on the other hand it was with a red flag again, so I wish we had it under normal track, but at the end a pole is a pole,” Leclerc said.

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