Monaco Grand Prix 2021: Updates, news, results, starting grid, when's it start Australian time, Charles Leclerc on pole, Daniel Ricciardo 12th

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was on pole despite crashing on the final lap of qualifying but the walls quickly fell down, shutting down conspiracy theories.


Charles Leclerc's quali crash has ruined his race.

The Monaco Grand Prix is ready to get under way but there was drama before the event even got under way following a dramatic finish to qualifying.

Polesitter Charles Leclerc crashed with 18 seconds left in the qualifying session, spoiling the final laps of the other top 10 drivers but gearbox damage appeared a likely hindrance.

While it was cleared by the Ferrari team at the time, the Monegasque’s first lap appeared to have discovered gearbox damage.

For Aussie fans, Daniel Ricciardo will start from 12th.

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Lights out will be 11pm AEST.

2021 Monaco Grand Prix Grid

Row 1: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Row 2: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

Row 3: Lando Norris (McLaren) – Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)

Row 4: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)

Row 5: Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)

Row 6: Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)

Row 7: Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)

Row 8: George Russell (Williams) – Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

Row 9: Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

Row 10: Nikita Mazepin (Haas) – Mick Schumacher (Haas)

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Lights out with Verstappen in the lead

"Unbelievable," Nico Rosberg said on Sky Sports. "They can still try and reboot the software and he still has a chance… let's see how this plays out."

Twitter felt for the local boy.

https://twitter.com/Cla_Cottingham/status/1396447563646185473

No doubt some consoling words from George Russell

Ferrari says that a left driveshaft problem on Leclerc's car was impossible to fix in time for the race #MonacoGP 🇲🇨 #F1 pic.twitter.com/PqB3gR52rC

And he's now out of the race. Respect to Leclerc for still going out and doing the pre-race gestures and anthems.

It comes after Mercedes boss Toto Wolff called for IndyCar style rules which state the driver loses his fastest time if he crashes in qualifying to avoid speculation that a team is crashing deliberately.

“I didn’t know that that was the rule in the US but I think it’s an intelligent rule that would avoid confusion," Wolff told The Race.

“By any means I don’t think that Charles put it in the wall [deliberately] today, because there’s just too much at stake.

“But it would be a nice little incentive to make sure that the polemic that such a situation provokes is out of question, is not happening because nobody would doubt it.”

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