Quick Bit: Follow the updates and see the highlights from the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix. Max Verstappen took the lead in the world championship with victory in Barcelona last time out.

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Charles Leclerc will be looking to claim a vital win in his home race of Monaco this afternoon as the Ferrari driver aims to overtake Max Verstappen and reclaim the lead in the World Drivers Championship after seven races.

After his car suffered a technical fault last time out in Spain which led to his first DNF of the season, Leclerc’s response to claim pole position on Saturday in Monte Carlo couldn’t have come at a better time, with the famous track offering relatively few overtaking opportunities.

His Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz joins him at the front of the grid, as Red Bull pair Sergio Perez and Verstappen start P3 and P4, respectively, and will no doubt be eyeing a dive to make up positions heading into the opening corner of the Grand Prix.

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20 minutes to lights out: Another area of the grid to look out for from the off is the fascinating battle between veterans Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel who start P7, P8 and P9 respectively.

That trio of drivers have 13 world titles between them and with their cars being a bit wider this season, all three will be relying on all their previous experience to ensure a clean start to the race.

30 minutes to lights out: As the cars begin to make their way to the starting grid for today’s race, what could really spice things up this afternoon in Monaco is a change of conditions from dry weather to wet weather.

With rain now expected to fall at some point during the race according to reports, it looks like some of the drivers will look to start the race on either medium or hard tyres to extend that first run.

45 minutes to lights out: It proved to be a tough day yesterday for current world champion and championship leader Max Verstappen during qualifying as the Dutchman only managed to put his car P4 on the starting grid for today’s race in Monaco. The 24-year-old looked a bit deflated getting out of his car at the end of the session to say the least, though he did taste victory here last time.

His cause wasn’t helped with teammate Sergio Perez’ crash at the end of Q3 which red-flagged the session at the worst possible time. Reports suggest that the Mexican driver’s car is fine for race start today, as too is Carlos Sainz’ Ferrari after he struck the Red Bull at Portier during that spin.

1 hour to lights out: Welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix, the seventh race of the 2022 Formula 1 calendar.

Reigning champion Max Verstappen took the chequered flag once again in Barcelona during the previous round, a result that propelled the Dutchman past Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to take top spot in the driver’s standings, though it’s Leclerc who finds himself on pole position in Monaco this time around.

With five different winners across the past six F1 outings in Monte Carlo, plenty more twists and turns are expected at the iconic circuit this afternoon — especially with the suggestion that drivers may have to potentially contend with wet weather conditions during the race.

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Monaco Grand Prix 2022 starting grid

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc edged out the opposition to claim his fifth pole position of the season at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix after an unusually chaotic qualification battle at this track ended with two of the top drivers on the grid ‘red flagging’ the final session after they were involved in a crash.

With just 30 seconds left in the third and final session, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez spun into the wall at Portier before Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz rounded the corner and made contact with the right-hand side of the Mexican’s car. Despite the collision, both drivers start the race in the top three.

That red flag simultaneously halted Max Verstappen’s bid to take top spot in qualifying, though the Dutchman seemed visibly off the pace throughout the day compared to his championship rivals

Elsewhere, both Mercedes drivers continued to struggle with their unstable cars as George Russell and Lewis Hamilton qualified P6 and P8, respectively, whilst Sebastian Vettel drove exceptionally well to drag his underperforming Aston Martin car up to ninth spot on the starting grid.

The full lineup for the race:

Position
Driver
1
Charles Leclerc
2
Carlos Sainz
3
Sergio Perez
4
Max Verstappen
5
Lando Norris
6
George Russell
7
Fernando Alonso
8
Lewis Hamilton
9
Sebastian Vettel
10
Esteban Ocon
11
Yuki Tsunoda
12
Valtteri Bottas
13
Kevin Magnussen
14
Daniel Ricciardo
15
Mick Schumacher
16
Alexander Albon
17
Pierre Gasly
18
Lance Stroll
19
Nicholas Latifi
20
Zhou Guanyu

What time does the race start today?

Date: Sunday, May 22
Start time: 3 p.m. local time / 2 p.m. BST / 9 a.m. ET / 10 p.m. AEST

How to watch the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix

USA: The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2022 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with select races airing on ABC later in the season. You can also stream Formula 1 races live in the U.S. with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2022 F1 races in the U.S.

UK: Sky Sports F1, or online through Sky Go, is the place to catch all the F1 action in the UK.

Canada: In Canada, you can watch F1 via the English-language TSN or French-language RDS.

Australia: Fox Sports are the carriers of live F1 coverage in Australia.

UK
USA
Canada
Australia
Date
May 29
May 29
May 29
May 29
Time
2 p.m. BST
9 a.m. ET
9 a.m. ET
11 p.m. AEST
TV Channel
Sky Sports F1
ESPN
TSN
Fox Sports

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