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F1 | Azerbaijan GP | Leclerc surprised to take pole in Baku

Charles Leclerc was surprised that he could hold off the Red Bulls as he overcame issues with his brakes to take his sixth pole position of the season.

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F1 | Azerbaijan GP | Leclerc surprised to take pole in Baku
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Charles Leclerc admits he wasn't expecting pole position for tomorrow's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

After losing his home race because of a botched strategy call, Leclerc bounced back in Qualifying with his sixth pole position of the season after a superb final lap that saw him finish the session just under three tenths faster than his nearest rival Sergio Perez.

Shortly after the session, Leclerc talked about his surprise to get pole position as the Monegasque stated that he was losing time in turn two and was dealing with brake issues.

"Obviously, all pole positions feel good, but this one, I probably did not expect it because I thought Red Bull was strong. Especially in Q1 and Q2, I really struggled to see that we were faster. But then, in the last lap, everything came together. And again, I managed to do a good job, so I'm extremely happy."

"It didn't feel like I left much on the table. Turn 2, I was losing all the time, and on my final lap, I just released the brakes and prayed that it was okay. I think it was a pretty close one there. And then the last corner was a bit trickier, but I think it was more wind-related. So overall, I was very happy with the lap."

In the last three races, Leclerc has failed to convert his heroics on Saturday to victory on Sunday, but he hopes that tomorrow's race will see him end his winless streak.

"I just want to finish the job. The past two weekends, I've already said that on the Saturday, and it didn't happen on the Sunday. I mean, we don't need to make it work, but it will be very nice if we'll make it work tomorrow. Let's see how it goes in the first few laps, and then I will try to keep the lead."

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