World championship leader Charles Leclerc will start the Formula 1 race in Barcelona from pole position.

The 24-year-old Monegasse set the fastest lap in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday in a superior manner with a time of 1:18.750 minutes and in his Ferrari pushed world champion Max Verstappen into second place in the Red Bull.

Third was Leclerc's Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz.

Because Verstappen had problems with the car on his last fast lap, Leclerc was 0.323 seconds ahead.

Mick Schumacher achieved his best career result in the Haas racing car in tenth place in the hunt for a starting place, Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel had to settle for 16th in the heat of Catalonia at 34 degrees.

Before the sixth round of the season on Sunday (3 p.m./ in the FAZ live ticker for Formula 1 and on Sky), Leclerc leads in the world championship standings with 19 points ahead of Verstappen.

One of them has been at the front of every race of the year so far.

Leclerc has won twice, Verstappen has prevailed three times and would like to reduce his deficit in Spain.