Daniel Ricciardo hopes for rain at Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix

Monaco native Charles Leclerc starts from pole position in his Formula 1 home race on Sunday evening, with the threat of rain hanging over the streets of Monte Carlo.

The Ferrari driver was a class above the rest in Saturday’s qualifying session, taking his second pole in Monaco in as many years.

The Monegasque hopes to have better luck this year than in the 2021 race, where a driveshaft problem on his Ferrari prevented him from starting the grand prix.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo has it all in his McLaren, starting the famous race in 14th position after a poor qualifying.

While his teammate Lando Norris was able to qualify fifth, Ricciardo could not find the same pace in his car.

The Australian said he was hoping for bad weather during the race, to help him on a track where overtaking is notoriously difficult.

“We will continue and hopefully it will rain,” he said.

Reigning world champion Max Verstappen also said he hoped the heavens would open over Monaco, after qualifying fourth.

Verstappen leads the drivers’ championship six points clear of Leclerc, having won the last of those races.

“I think I have to do a little rain dance, shake a little for the race because in the dry you can’t get through here,” he said on Saturday.

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