F1: Riccardo ‘on the Pole’, Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel Beside Him
Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo will start this Monaco Grand Prix at the Pole position, team-mate Max Verstappen was unable to take part due to a crash in practice.
Mr. Ricciardo was faster than both Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) and MercedesAMG, setting a new track record in the final Qualifying session.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will join him on the front row, with Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas completing the Top 5.
Here’s a look at the full time sheets and final grid:
Below are the Key takeaways from Saturday’s Qualifying.
On the streets of Monte Carlo, Red Bull Racing proved how superior their chassis is compared to the rest of the grid.
Mr. Ricciardo’s dominance throughout Practice and Qualifying showed just how big their aero advantage is. He hopes he can repeat that in the race Sunday.
In the final practice session Max Verstappen hit the wall hard in the chicane of the swimming pool section, the exact spot where he crashed in Y 2016, thus continuing his run of crashes at Monaco: 4 crashes in 5 years. Mr. Verstappen did not come out to qualify Saturday afternoon and will start from the back of the grid.
Messrs Raikkonen and Bottas were involved in a minor incident in the tunnel section during the 1st qualifying session ruining Mr. Raikkonen’s lap.
MercedesAMG’s Silver Arrows were off the pace early and decided to take a risk to start Q2, sending their cars out on ultrasoft tyres.
With race strategy in mind, it was a risk worth taking, but it nearly blew up, as both Messrs Hamilton and Bottas were so far off the pace they had to return to the garage and shift strategies at the last minute.
‘On the Grid’ – Sunday, May 27 8.30 AM – ESPN
Race – Sunday, May 27, 9.05 AM – ESPN
Encore – Sunday, May 27, 3.30PM – ABC
Encore – Monday, May 8, 2018, 3.30 AM – ESPN2
Encore – Monday, May 28, 2018, 8.00 PM – ESP2
Tune in and enjoy the racing.
Have a terrific Memorial Day weekend.
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