The Monaco Grand Prix is shaping up to be a pivotal race in the 2021 calendar after an eventual qualifying session.
Lewis Hamilton has made his best ever start to a season, winning three of the four races so far, overcoming a mistake in Italy to win in Portugal and Spain and open up a 14-point lead at the top over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
However, that lead could be wiped out come Sunday evening as he will have to battle from seventh on the grid this weekend, with Verstappen on pole after Charles Leclerc’s late pull out.
Here’s all the information you need to tune in...
When is the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix?
The Monaco Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at the Circuit de Monaco.
Practice started on Thursday, with qualifying on Saturday.
What time is the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix?
On Sunday, the race itself is scheduled to get underway at 2pm BST.
How can I watch the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix?
TV channel: The race will be shown LIVE on Sky Sports’ Main Event and F1 channels.
The race coverage starts on Sunday at 12.30pm BST.
Live stream: Subscribers can stream the action LIVE via the SkyGo website and app.
What happened in practice?
Practice started on Thursday as it was a holiday in the Principality, meaning it is easier to block off the circuit. FP1 and FP2 took place, with FP3 schedule as usual for Saturday morning before qualifying in the afternoon.
Red Bull's Sergio Perez finished fastest in the opening practice session, seeing off Ferrari's Carlos Sainz by 0.119 seconds, with Verstappen third.
After predicting on Wednesday that Red Bull will be hard to beat this weekend, Hamilton finished fifth in his Mercedes, half a second behind.
Local hero Leclerc went from last to first on home town streets to lead a stunning Ferrari one-two in a red-flagged FP2. The 23-year-old Monegasque, born and bred in the Mediterranean principality, lapped the metal-fenced layout with a best time of one minute 11.684 seconds in the afternoon session.
Leclerc, who has yet to score a point on home territory, had managed only four laps in the morning sunshine before being sidelined by a gearbox problem that left him bottom of those timesheets. Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz was second fastest, 0.112 slower, with Hamilton third and Verstappen fourth.
The final practice session was red-flagged after Nicholas Latifi crashed out. The Canadian driver lost control of his Williams on the exit of the swimming pool and hit the barriers.
Latifi emerged unscathed from the accident but he sustained serious damage to the front of his Williams.
With 15 minutes of the one-hour session still to run, Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was fastest ahead of the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, with Lewis Hamilton fifth in his Mercedes.
Who is on pole?
Charles Leclerc was on pole but had to be ruled out of the Monaco Grand Prix after Ferrari's gamble not to replace his gearbox spectacularly backfired.Leclerc became the first Monegasque to secure pole position in the principality since Louis Chiron 85 years ago, but his 110mph crash with just 16 seconds of qualifying remaining derailed his chances.Following hours of examination, Ferrari believed that Leclerc's gearbox was not damaged in his shunt and elected against taking on new parts to avoid a five-place grid penalty.But Leclerc hit trouble on his way to the grid before parking up in his Ferrari garage in the moments before Sunday's race."We have an issue and we will not make it to the grid," a member of the Ferrari team confirmed to FIA director Michael Masi.Leclerc sat in his cockpit for several minutes before his Ferrari team told him his race was over before it had started.Leclerc left his cockpit before heading to the back of the garage to speak to Ferrari chairman John Elkann.
Qualifying result in full
1 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1min 10.346secs
2 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:10.576
3 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:10.601
4 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Ferrari. 1:10.611
5 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:10.620
6 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:10.900
7 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:11.095
8 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Aston Martin 1:11.419
9 Sergio Perez (Mex) Red Bull 1:11.573
10 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:11.779
11 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Alpine 1:11.486
12 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) McLaren 1:11.598
13 Lance Stroll (Can) Aston Martin 1:11.600
14 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:11.642
15 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:11.830
16 Yuki Tsunoda (Jpn) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:12.096
17 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Alpine 1:12.205
18 Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:12.366
19 Nikita Mazepin (Raf) Haas F1 1:12.958
20 Mick Schumacher (Ger) Haas F1 No time set