For the very first time in his career, Lewis Hamilton comes on top out the qualifying session in the Princedom of Monaco. Nico Rosberg charges the first line of the grid, while Sebastian Vettel clinches the podium.
Smoothly and determined, Hamilton did not let the chance of getting the first spot on the grid get away once more, managing to transcendently overcome all the set-up issues that emerged in the Q2. Like a true leader, the Brit steadied his squad, bowed his head and wasted to the last bit of strength to get his first pole ever in Monaco.
Unlike his teammate, Nico Rosberg did not shine during the qualifying and was bound to settle for the second place, three tenths of a second behind the leader of the overall ranking. Obviously, the qualifying sessions are playing an essential part on the Monte Carlo racetrack, as it is quite impossible to imagine any other winner but Hamilton.
Sebastian Vettel finishes third, four tenths of a second behind Rosberg, as he was followed by the two Red Bull drivers, Ricciardo și Kvyat. The qualifying sessions prove to be the heel of Achilles for Raikkonen in this season, as the Finn was thrown back to number 6, far behind his teammate.
Among the performers of the day, we can distinguish Sergio Perez. The Mexican gets an incredible 7th position by the end of a session during which he managed to outrun Carlos Sainz, Pastor Maldonado and Max Verstappen. First outside the ranking that allows going into the Q3 was Romain Grosjean, as the French blobbed during his fast lap. In order to get things even more complicated, switching the gear box would bring him a 5 places penalty, meaning he will be starting the race from the 16th position.
Jenson Button finishes 11th, shattering the hopes of those in McLaren to get into the Q3. The Brit had a good chance to finish in the top 10, but the show of the yellow flags in the end of the Q2 meant the infamizing of the his qualifying. An electrical malfunction averted Alonso from setting a lap time in the second session and the Spaniard is bound to start from the 15th position.
Williams was by far the disillusion of the day in Monaco, as they were incapable of placing any car in the top 10. More by token, Bottas did not manage to get into the Q2, finishing 17th, while Massa will be starting from the 13th position tomorrow. Nasr and Ericsson come in the 16th and 18th spots, while the Manor drivers clap up the ranking.
The race will be taking place tomorrow, 2 p.m. CET.
|4||D. Ricciardo||Red Bull||01:16.0|
|5||D. Kvyat||Red Bull||01:16.2|
|7||S. Perez||Force India||01:16.8|
|8||C. Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||01:16.9|
|10||M. Verstappen||Toro Rosso||01:17.0|
|13||N. Hulkenberg||Force India||01:17.2|
|15||F. Alonso||McLaren||no time|