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Live Reporting

Lorraine McKenna

All times stated are UK

  1. Leclerc on pole after Perez crash

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Monaco

    Charles Leclerc

    Charles Leclerc took pole position for his home race after a chaotic end to qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix.

    The Ferrari driver, dominant throughout, ended 0.225 seconds clear of team-mate Carlos Sainz.

    Leclerc was on an even quicker lap at the end before Red Bull's Sergio Perez crashed at Portier, was collected by Sainz and the session was stopped.

    Perez took third ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen, Leclerc's title rival off the pace in fourth.

    Fernando Alonso also crashed his Alpine at the end of the session, at Mirabeau, and slipped to seventh behind McLaren's Lando Norris and Mercedes' George Russell, both of whom the veteran Spaniard had headed after the first runs.

    And Perez's crash prevented Hamilton getting a lap on new tyres in the final part of qualifying and he ended up only eighth, ahead of Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel and Alpine's Esteban Ocon, both also hindered by the red flag.

    Read the full report here.

  2. Post update

    Sorry, folks. I'm going to have to abort this hot lap and close the live. Technology has defeated us!

    I'll leave you with Andrew Benson's qualifying report and see you again tomorrow for all build-up to the Monaco Grand Prix from 12:30 BST.

    Enjoy your Saturday night!

  3. Post update

    Sergio Perez has not been out yet, so we don't know the Mexican's take on that qualifying drama.

    However, Christian Horner tells Sky Sports: "I don't think a pole was on today, Charles was mighty."

  4. 'It's typical Monaco'

    Carlos Sainz, who will start second alongside Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc: "I was on my flying lap and I saw the yellow flag, just come in into Turn 8, and I had to hit the brakes to avoid [Perez] the best I could.

    "It's a shame. Another year were a red flag cost us the end of a session and we could not go for pole position - but it's typical Monaco.

    "I think so. We had really good pace all day just building it up for quali, but we will never know.

    "Let's try and finish the job tomorrow. I think we are in a great position to score a great result for the team. The car has felt amazing and we'll go for it."

  5. 'So incredibly happy'

    Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who starts on pole fore his home race: "It's so very special. I'm so incredibly happy.

    "It's been a very smooth weekend until now. The pace was in the car, I just had to do the job. It went perfectly, that last lap, before the red flag, was really, really good - but it didn't change anything for us.

    "It was really on the limit. I had quite a bit if oversteer and I struggled to put the tyres in the right window and in the last sector, there was a bit of traffic. But at the end, the rear was a bit loose but the lap time came and I was improving quite a bit - I think I was four tenths faster.

    "The car felt amazing and it's great to have Carlos with me on the front row. I think dry [weather] is a bit more predictable. But whatever comes we are competitive, so we are fine."

  6. Post update

    Right, Charles has made it through the ropey system. Here's what he had to say...

  7. Post update

    While we tinker with some wires, here's Charles with his Pirelli tyre.

    Charles Leclerc
  8. Post update

    Few technical gremlins in BBC Sport towers today, folks. We'll bring you the driver interviews as soon as our computers come back to life!

  9. Post update

    Charles Leclerc has just spoken after his pole lap. Whether we will hear from Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez as the rest of the top three remains to be seen.

    Hometown glory for Leclerc. He's happy and waving to the delighted fans in the stands.

  10. Post update

    Still a front-row lockout for Ferrari, despite Sainz's Q3 mishap.

  11. Top five

    1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

    2. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

    3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

    4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

    5. Lando Norris (McLaren)

  12. Post update

    On the radio, Carlos Sainz said he didn't see the yellow flags.

  13. Chequered flag

    Right, well Charles Leclerc is pole position for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix!

  14. Post update

    Perez loses the rear, slides across the track and whacks the barrier. One second later, Sainz does exactly the same thing! But hits the Red Bull as well for good measure.

  15. Post update

    Looks like Sergio Perez clipped the barrier and Carlos Sainz just didn't see the Red Bull.

  16. Red flag

    This is a mess. Portier has become a tangle of cars.

  17. Perez and Sainz collide

  18. Post update

    A frantic radio message comes in from Charles Leclerc. The Ferrari wants a clear run on track to deliver that pole position the home fans desperately want.