The Monegasque topped the timesheets with a mark of one minute, Joining him on the front row will be Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, with Sebastian Vettel tucked in behind his team-mate in third.
Earlier in the day, Leclerc was comfortably the quickest in final practice, building momentum for a fantastic qualifying performance. Read on for a recap of the best of the action from Saturday in Sochi. Eventually, he was able to produce a sharp lap to move out of danger, joining his team-mate in the second phase.
The big surprise in the session was the elimination of Alex Albon.
Call me crazy. Kimi Raikkonen also failed to make it into the second part of qualifying. Per Autosport Live, it was clear the Finn wasn't happy with himself after making an error on the final corner: Autosport Live autosportlive There was a radio message from Raikkonen, but it was entirely bleeped out by FOM.
F1 In Q2, Ferrari were again the quickest, and comfortably so. At this point, it was clear something special was going to be required to knock the Scuderia drivers off the top of the time sheets.
At the end of the session, Leclerc was more than six tenths of a second clear of the field. That trend continued into Q3, as Leclerc was easily the quickest after the first set of hot laps, with Vettel in second spot.
Leclerc lowered his time again on the second hot lap, putting him well clear of the chasing pack. Vettel was unable to cling to his spot on the front row though, as Hamilton produced an excellent run at a clutch point to split the Ferrari drivers. As such, full-throttle action on the circuit was hard to come by initially, with Leclerc moving to the top of the standings.
Intriguingly, Max Verstappen was only 0.
Leclerc was able to lower his time at the top before Vettel moved up into second spot. Mercedes were unable to get close to the Ferrari drivers despite trying to apply some pressure late on, giving them plenty of work to do ahead of the qualifying runs.
On the radio, the Dutchman said he didn't think there was any damage to the car.