Spanish Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc snatches pole as Red Bull misfire

Charles Leclerc has seized a slender advantage from championship rival Max Verstappen with the Ferrari and Red Bull drivers sharing the front row for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc produced a stunning final hot lap to snatch pole position for the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix away from championship rival Max Verstappen.

Red Bull would have hoped for an end to the technical gremlins that have dogged their season but Max Verstappen was unable to put in his final flying lap after suffering a sudden loss of power at the end of the session.

Leclerc had to recover from a Q3 spin but went a full second faster than his previous best right at the last to bump Verstappen into second place.

Charles Leclerc starts from pole

Verstappen will start between two Ferraris after Carlos Sainz claimed third place on the grid while Mercedes' George Russell went fourth.

The second Red Bull of Sergio Perez will share the third row of the grid with seven-time World Driver's Champion Lewis Hamilton who continues to endure a miserable season by his high standards.

Valtteri Bottas showed strong pace throughout and finished seventh while Kevin Magnussen took eighth and his 10th-placed teammate, Mick Schumacher, made it to Q3 for the first time.

Mclaren's Daniel Ricciardo took P9 between the Haas pair while his teammate Lando Norris had his best time deleted for exceeding track limits and missed out on Q3.

Max Verstappen hoping his Red Bull sheds gremlins

After the DRS failure in qualifying Verstappen is hoping for more race pace and a problem free run at Catalunya.

"We are starting second tomorrow which we can be happy about but it was a bit of a shame with the last run," Verstappen said.

"The DRS didn't open so I backed out and aborted the lap as I was losing a lot of time, three or four tenths.

"That meant we didn't get the opportunity to fight for pole, nevertheless, we will give it a good go tomorrow.

"Ferrari are looking pretty strong so it will be hard to beat them, they did a long run this morning and it looked strong.

"Tyre management is going to be really important tomorrow with the heat and you also need overall race pace.

"Hopefully we'll have more pace tomorrow and there's a long run into turn one so a lot can happen."

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