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Charles Leclerc gets demoted to P6 for the Monaco Grand Prix after receiving a 3-place grid penalty for impeding Lando Norris

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari lost three positions on the starting grid for the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday after it was determined by the race officials that he had interfered with another driver at the conclusion of qualifying.

It was discovered that Leclerc, a native of Monaco, had impeded Lando Norris of McLaren during Saturday's qualifying session.

Esteban Ocon of France, driving an Alpine, climbed to third place on the starting grid, while Carlos Sainz of Spain, driving the second Ferrari, was moved to the second row and Lewis Hamilton of the United Kingdom, driving a Mercedes, climbed to fifth.

The stewards said in their report that “Leclerc had completed his final lap of Q3.” “Norris was on a fast lap and caught Leclerc in the middle of the tunnel, clearly impeded.”

According to the investigation, “both drivers agreed that there was little Leclerc could have safely done in the tunnel to avoid impeding Norris, given the difficulty in vision due to the light entering and in the tunnel,” adding that “Leclerc reacted in a sensible way.”

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