Max Verstappen set the pace during the qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix, but it was Charles Leclerc who ultimately claimed pole position. In a thrilling session that saw several surprises and intense battles, Leclerc emerged triumphant in front of his home crowd.

Verstappen, driving for Red Bull Racing, showcased his exceptional driving skills by going quickest in the early stages of qualifying. His lap times were consistently impressive, demonstrating his determination to secure his first pole position of the season.

However, as the session progressed, Ferrari’s Leclerc unleashed his true potential. The Monegasque driver, who grew up racing on the streets of Monaco, pushed his car to the limit. With each lap, his confidence grew, and he consistently lowered his lap time to eventually secure pole position.

The battle for pole position became more intense when Lewis Hamilton, in his Mercedes, also set a blistering lap time. It seemed for a moment that he might snatch pole away from Verstappen and Leclerc, but he fell just short and settled for third place on the grid.

The surprise of the session came from Carlos Sainz, whose impressive performance in his Ferrari saw him snatch fourth place. The Spaniard outperformed his teammate Leclerc in the qualifying battle, leaving both Red Bull and Mercedes with something to ponder ahead of the race.

As the sun sets on qualifying in Monaco, all eyes will be on Leclerc as he leads the pack from pole position. Verstappen and Hamilton will undoubtedly be eager to challenge him for victory in this iconic and unpredictable street circuit. The battle for the top spot promises to be one of the highlights of the Formula One season.