Monaco Grand Prix 2021 LIVE: Race build-up, updates and result

LIVE: Monaco Grand Prix… Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc targets a shock win after beating Max Verstappen to pole position, while world champion Lewis Hamilton starts SEVENTH in Monte Carlo

  • Charles Leclerc took a surprise pole position for Ferrari at the Monaco Grand Prix
  • At his home race, Leclerc is now likely to battle with Max Verstappen for win
  • Lewis Hamilton could only qualify seventh during frustrating Saturday 
  • Latest Formula One news, including race schedule and results

Max Verstappen will be looking to eat into Lewis Hamilton’s 14-point advantage heading into Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The Dutchman is the Hamilton’s chief title rival in the championship and starts second on the grid behind surprise pole sitter Charles Leclerc who is hoping to lead the team to their first win in two years.

Meanwhile, Hamilton could only qualify a disappointing seventh around Monte Carlo and will be hoping for damage limitation to his world championship lead on race day.

Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live Formula One coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix, including build-up, race updates and result.  

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Charles Leclerc has exited the pitlane but half-way around the lap, he is heard over the radio saying: ‘No, no, no, no. The gearbox guys.’

The car is back in the pits but his hopes of pole are looking dashed.

There were fears that after his qualifying crash that Leclerc may have needed a new gearbox – which would have dropped him five places on the grid.

Ferrari are optimistic though that the component is not damaged which is a boost for the Monegasque driver looking to win his home race as he arrives at the track.

Lewis Hamilton starts SEVENTH at the Monaco Grand Prix after nightmare qualifying session as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc takes provisional pole despite his crash bringing out the red flag… with Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas just behind him

Charles Leclerc crashed his Ferrari at 110mph after setting the fastest lap in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

It should have been a dream day for the local boy — the first Monegasque to claim pole here since Louis Chiron in 1936 — and an afternoon of renewal for the Italian team, with even Lewis Hamilton condemned to seventh and pointing a reproving finger at his Mercedes boys.

It is of course the Monaco Grand Prix. Granted, it can lead to a procession – but it has the potential to produce some memorable moments too.

With a surprise pole sitter and the world championship leader starting seventh. Today could produce the latter.

Good afternoon all and welcome to our live coverage of this afternoon’s action from Monte Carlo.

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