Max Verstappen Beats Fernando Alonso to Pole at Monaco Grand Prix
Max Verstappen took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday, beating Fernando Alonso by just 0.026 seconds. The Red Bull driver will start ahead of the Alpine driver, with Charles Leclerc in third place.
Verstappen set his fastest lap on the final lap of qualifying, after the track had dried following a rain shower. He was 0.026 seconds faster than Alonso, who had been fastest in Q2. Leclerc was a further 0.046 seconds behind in third.
Verstappen's pole position is his third of the season and his first in Monaco. He will be looking to win his first Monaco Grand Prix in his first start on the streets of Monte Carlo.
Alonso's second place is his best qualifying result of the season. The Spaniard has never won the Monaco Grand Prix, but he will be hoping to challenge for the victory on Sunday.
Leclerc will be disappointed to start third, but he will be confident of challenging for the victory. The Monegasque driver has won two of the last three races in Monaco and he will be hoping to make it a hat-trick on Sunday.
The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious races on the Formula One calendar. It is held on the streets of Monte Carlo, which is a very challenging circuit. The race is usually won by a driver who is very good at qualifying, as there is very little overtaking on the track.
Verstappen will be the favorite to win the race, but Alonso and Leclerc will be hoping to challenge for the victory. It is sure to be a close and exciting race on Sunday.
Here are some additional details about the race:
- The race will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
- The race will start at 2:00 PM CET.
- The race will be broadcast on ESPN in the United States and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
- The race will be 78 laps long, covering a total distance of 267.5 kilometers.
- The weather forecast for Sunday is for a mostly sunny day with a high of 24 degrees Celsius.
Here are some predictions for the race:
- Max Verstappen is the favorite to win the race. He has been very fast all weekend and he has a good record at Monaco.
- Fernando Alonso is also a contender for the victory. He is very good at qualifying and he has a lot of experience racing in Monaco.
- Charles Leclerc is the home favorite and he will be hoping to win the race in front of his home fans.
Here are some interesting facts about the Monaco Grand Prix:
- The Monaco Grand Prix is the oldest race on the Formula One calendar. It has been held every year since 1929.
- The Monaco Grand Prix is the most prestigious race on the Formula One calendar. It is considered to be the most difficult race to win.
- The Monaco Grand Prix is the most expensive race on the Formula One calendar. It costs around €20 million to enter the race.
- The Monaco Grand Prix is the most popular race on the Formula One calendar. It is estimated that around 200,000 people attend the race each year.