The Ferrari driver headed Q3 before the late red flag for Sergio Perez’s crash at Portier which led to Carlos Sainz running into the stricken Red Bull driver having been the first car on the scene before the red flag was shown.
With the majority of the Q3 contenders unable to complete their final qualifying laps, Leclerc secured pole in similar circumstances to 12 months ago at the principality, when his own crashed ended qualifying prematurely.
Despite clashing with Perez, Sainz still completed a Ferrari 1-2 ahead of the Mexican driver who out-qualified Red Bull team-mate and F1 world championship leader Max Verstappen.
Lando Norris claimed best of the rest honor for McLaren with fifth place in front of the Mercedes of George Russell, who made a late improvement before the red flag, while Fernando Alonso took seventh place before also crashing his Alpine at Mirabeau.
Lewis Hamilton was shuffled back to eighth place for Mercedes, as Sebastian Vettel took ninth for Aston Martin and Esteban Ocon rounded out the top 10 for Alpine.
Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18
Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
When is the F1 Monaco Grand Prix?
- Date: Sunday 29th May 2022
- Start time: 2:00pm BST, 3:00pm local time
The seventh round of the 2022 F1 season, the Monaco GP at Circuit de Monaco, gets underway at 3:00pm local time (2:00pm BST) on Sunday 29th May.
How can I watch Formula 1?
In the United Kingdom Formula 1 is only broadcast live on Sky Sports, with highlights shown on Channel 4 several hours after the race has finished. Live streaming through NOW is also available in the UK.
Sky Sports F1, which broadcasts the F1 races, can be added as part of the Sky Sports channels which costs £20 a month for new customers. Sky Sports can also be accessed through NOW with a one-off day payment of £11.98p or a month membership of £33.99p per month.
Fans wanting to watch the race for free will have to wait until the evening of Saturday (qualifying) or Sunday (race) to see the highlights on Channel 4.
Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18
Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
How can I watch the F1 Monaco GP?
In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports will be live broadcasting the Monaco GP, with the race shown live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event. Pre-race coverage will be starting on Sky Sports F1 at 12:30pm BST ahead of the race start at 2:00pm BST.
- Channel: Sky Sports F1
- Start time: 12:30pm BST, Sunday 29th May
Autosport will be running a live text coverage of the Monaco GP here.
When can I watch the F1 Monaco GP highlights?
In the United Kingdom Channel 4 is broadcasting highlights of the Monaco GP at 6:30pm BST on Sunday evening. The full program will run for two hours and 30 minutes, covering the pre-race, the race highlights and the initial post-race reaction to wrap up the major talking points of the race weekend.
For the entire 2022 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of every qualifying and race of each event. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on demand catch up services.
- Channel: Channel 4
- Start time: 6:30pm BST, Sunday 29th May
Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1 A522
Photo by: Erik Junius
Will the F1 Monaco GP be on the radio?
Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2022 F1 season will be available on the BBC Radio 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra stations, the BBC Sounds app and the via the BBC Sport website.
Live coverage of the Monaco GP will start at 2:00pm BST on BBC Radio 5 Live and on the BBC Sounds app.
Weather forecast for the F1 Monaco GP
Current weather forecasts predict cloudy but warm conditions at Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, with a high chance of rain. The temperature is expected to be 22 degrees Celsius for the start of the race, 14 degrees colder than the Spanish GP last time out.
How many laps is the F1 Monaco GP?
The race is scheduled to complete 78 laps at Circuit de Monaco, covering a total race distance of 260.286km.
F1 Monaco GP starting grid
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.