England team-mates Mason Mount and Phil Foden pay a visit to McLaren’s Lando Norris before linking up with Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Matt Doherty and Man City’s Ruben Dias … as Premier League stars head en masse to Monaco for F1 qualifying
- Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Eric Dier and Matt Doherty attended the F1 qualifying
- The players met the likes of Lando Norris and Red Bull’s Christian Horner
- Charles Leclerc took pole in a session which ended early following a crash
Various Premier League stars were photographed taking in the thrills of the Monte Carlo Grand Prix weekend as Charles Leclerc qualified on pole.
England team-mates Mason Mount and Phil Foden took in various garages, meeting the likes of Lando Norris from McLaren and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.
Having met the stars, Mount and Foden then linked up with Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Matt Doherty while Foden’s club team-mate Ruben Dias also joined the party.
The Premier League stars took in the Grand Prix weekend in Monaco as Ferrari qualified pole
Dier and Mount were interviewed by Sky Sports F1, with the Tottenham defender saying he got into increasingly popular sport through Netflix’s hit show ‘Drive to Survive’.
Dier said: ‘The last couple of years [I got into it]. Through Drive to Survive, like a lot of people, and this is my first F1. To be in Monaco is incredible. ‘
Meanwhile, Mount spoke of his time spent with the Red Bull team during Friday’s practice.
Team-mates Ruben Dias and Phil Foden with Mason Mount meet Christian Horner
He said: ‘We saw them yesterday [the Red Bull team] for practice. We had a conversation with both of them [Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez], just saying how hot it is. It’s boiling out here.
‘They were saying it’s hot in the car and stuff.’
Mount was asked about Saturday night’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, to which he responded: ‘I’m not sure [how it’s going to go]. It’s obviously a top game, two top teams so I’m very, very excited to watch it. I wish we were there.
Mason Mount is photographed alongside a Red Bull car in the mentioned garage in Monaco
‘It’s going to be a good game, we’ll see who [wins]. ‘
Dier said: ‘Real Madrid have a special thing in the Champions League.
‘Their history helps them a lot and they’ve had an incredible run to get to the final.’
Meanwhile, Mount was later asked about the recent Chelsea takeover and his thoughts of where the club can go from here on in the post-Roman Abramovich era.
Mason Mount and Phil Foden take in the Monaco scenery ahead of Saturday’s qualifying
He said: ‘We were obviously in and around [the title race] until about midway through.
‘Disappointing that we fell off a bit but that’s obviously the goal for next season, we want to close that gap. We want to be up there.
‘It’s an exciting time now with the owners being confirmed today, going forward it’s going to be exciting and obviously the era under Roman has been brilliant. We look forward now and it’s exciting stuff, can’t wait to get back to it. ‘
The qualifying itself threw up some drama, with Leclerc taking pole position in a session which was brought to a premature end after a crash involving Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz.
Charles Leclerc qualified on pole, living up to his pre-qualifying tag as favorite to start at the front of the grid
Leclerc had gone into the weekend favorite to qualify on pole and he duly delivered for Ferrari.
He said afterwards: It is very special. I am so incredibly happy. It has been a very smooth weekend until now. I knew the pace was in the car and I just had to do the job, it went perfect.
‘The last lap before the red flag was really really good. It was really on the limit. The rear was loose but it was a good lap. I think I was 0.4secs up before the red flag came. And it is great to have Carlos with me on the front row. ‘