F1: Australian Driver, Daniel Ricciardo on the Pole for Red Bull at Monaco

F1: Australian Driver, Daniel Ricciardo on the Pole for Red Bull at Monaco

F1: Australian Driver, Daniel Ricciardo on the Pole for Red Bull at Monaco

The Monaco Grand Prix is the race of the year that every driver dreams of winning. Like the Indy 500 or Le Mans, it stands alone, distinct from the sport from which it was born.

A combination of precision driving, technical excellence and bravery is required to win at Monte Carlo, those traits highlight the differences between the great and the good in Formula One racing.

Daniel Ricciardo scored his 1st Fomula 1 Pole position in a thrilling qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix, it is Red Bull’s 1st Pole since Brazil 2013.

Mr. Ricciardo ran the course in 1m13.622s to defeat MercedesAMG’s Nico Rosberg by 0.169s.

MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton produced the 3rd-fastest time, 0.32s down on pole.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s will start 4th ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India.

Spanish GP winner Max Verstappen, 19 anni, went from Hero to Zero when he crashed out in Q-1 at the exit of the Swimming Pool chicane. He will start at the back of the grid.

Saturday, Mr. Hamilton set the early pace in Q2 at 1m14.056s, 0.435s faster than Mr. Rosberg, who was just clear of Messrs Ricciardo and Vettel.

Mr. Rosberg ran again, but clipped the barrier on the inside at the Swimming Pool chicane. He recovered to set the fastest time of the session, his 1m14.043s beating Hamilton by 0.013s.

Teenage sensation, Max Verstappen’s crash at the exit of the Swimming Pool chicane was the big story of Q1. He had already hit the barriers at Massenet in FP3, but this was a much harder impact that removed his right-front corner.

He clipped the inside wall on the right-hander, which broke his steering, and his Red Bull racer ploughed over the kerbs and on to the scene of the accident.

Sebastian Vettel recorded the fastest time of the session at 1m14.610s, 0.216s faster than Mr. Hamilton’s 1m14.826s, who was 0.047s quicker than Mr. Rosberg. Mr. Ricciardo was three tenths off the pace in 4th.

Felipe Nasr’s Sauber expired in a cloud of smoke as he exited the tunnel on his out lap, which caused a Red Flag right at the start of the session.

Those who failed to progress into Q2 were Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, the Manors of Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein, Verstappen and Nasr.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 AustraliaDaniel Ricciardo AustriaRed Bull Racing 1:14.912 1:14.357 1:13.622 21
2 GermanyNico Rosberg GermanyMercedes 1:14.873 1:14.043 1:13.791 24
3 United KingdomLewis Hamilton GermanyMercedes 1:14.826 1:14.056 1:13.942 21
4 GermanySebastian Vettel ItalyFerrari 1:14.610 1:14.318 1:14.552 23
5 GermanyNico Hulkenberg IndiaForce India 1:15.333 1:14.989 1:14.726 25
6 FinlandKimi Raikkonen ItalyFerrari 1:15.499 1:14.789 1:14.732 25
7 SpainCarlos Sainz Jr. ItalyToro Rosso 1:15.467 1:14.805 1:14.749 23
8 MexicoSergio Perez IndiaForce India 1:15.328 1:14.937 1:14.902 28
9 RussiaDaniil Kvyat ItalyToro Rosso 1:15.384 1:14.794 1:15.273 23
10 SpainFernando Alonso United KingdomMcLaren 1:15.504 1:15.107 1:15.363 26
11 FinlandValtteri Bottas United KingdomWilliams 1:15.521 1:15.273 15
12 MexicoEsteban Gutierrez United StatesHaas F1 Team 1:15.592 1:15.293 22
13 United KingdomJenson Button United KingdomMcLaren 1:15.554 1:15.352 15
14 BrazilFelipe Massa United KingdomWilliams 1:15.710 1:15.385 19
15 FranceRomain Grosjean United StatesHaas F1 Team 1:15.465 1:15.571 22
16 DenmarkKevin Magnussen FranceRenault F1 Team 1:16.253 1:16.058 22
17 SwedenMarcus Ericsson SwitzerlandSauber 1:16.299 12
18 United KingdomJolyon Palmer FranceRenault F1 Team 1:16.586 12
19 IndonesiaRio Haryanto United KingdomManor Racing 1:17.295 12
20 GermanyPascal Wehrlein United KingdomManor Racing 1:17.452 12
21 NetherlandsMax Verstappen AustriaRed Bull Racing 1:22.467 3
22 BrazilFelipe Nasr SwitzerlandSauber 1

The Monaco race schedule, as follows:

Sunday, 29 May:

  • 7:00a EDT — Pre-Race Show — NBCSN
  • 7:30a EDT — Monaco Grand Prix — NBC
  • 10:00a EDT — Post-Race Show — NBCSN

Enjoy the racing

Paul Ebeling

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