The verdict is in: the Monegasque Charles Leclerc will start from pole position for his Grand Prix in Monaco on Sunday at 3:00 p.m., his Ferrari having been repaired without changing the gearbox.

At home in the Principality, Leclerc, 23, took the fastest qualifying time on Saturday but damaged his Ferrari in the dying seconds of the session.

The Italian team finally managed to repair the car without changing the gearbox, thus avoiding a penalty on the starting grid.

"After more in-depth checks this morning, no apparent damage was observed on Charles Leclerc's gearbox, the Monegasque driver will therefore start from pole position," said Ferrari in a press release at midday.

Hamilton far behind

Saturday evening, the team preferred to delay, without making a decision but affirming that no “serious damage” was to be deplored for the car currently 5th in the championship.

Leclerc will start, for the first time in F1 in Monaco in front of his family and his fans, from the front row, accompanied by the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull).

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), championship leader ahead of Verstappen, will start only 7th on this circuit where overtaking is extremely complicated.

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