F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Raikkonen on the Pole, Vettel 2nd on the Grid at Monaco
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Kimi Raikkonen has take his 1st Pole position since the French Grand Prix of Y 2008, stunning the field in Monaco with a flying lap that relegated his teammate Sebastian Vettel to 2nd on the grid.
In a terrible qualifying session MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton failed to make the Top 10, coming just 14th fastest as he struggled throughout Q2 And Mr. Hamilton’s final run was ruined when McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne crashed and brought an end to the session.
Mr. Hamilton’s teammate Vatteri Bottas will start third on the grid, with the Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo 4th and 5th respectively.
Mr. Ricciardo struggled to find his form as Red Bull continues to make improvements to their race car.
Ferrari looked likely to lock out the front row, but Mr. Raikkonen’s time of 1:12.178 secs surprised everyone as he bested Mr. Vettel in 1.12.221.
“We managed to fix the car for qualifying, but it is tricky to go fast here around this circuit … the car was good so it was very good fun,” Mr. Raikkonen said after qualifying.
Vettel narrowly missed out on a 48th career pole.
“The car was really nice to drive. I was probably a bit too greedy and wanted a bit too much,” Mr. Vettel said. “The bottom line is that it’s a great result for the team.”
In the past 10 years, just 1 driver has won this race from behind the front row.
Lewis Hamilton did it Ys 2008 and 2016 both times, he qualified 3rd and just 1 driver has won it from 2nd, Mr. Hamilton’s then Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in Y 2015.
2017 Monaco Grand Prix – Facts and Figures
Track: Circuit d’ Monaco
Lap Record: Lewis Hamilton 1:17.939 (2016)
Tire Compounds: Ultra-Soft/Super-Soft/Soft
2016 Winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2016 Pole Position: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:13.622
2016 Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:17.939
DRS Zone: T19 to T1
2017 Monaco Grand Prix – TV/Stream Times
|NYSE:RACE||85.5||26 May 2017||-0.20||85.01||85.61||84.96||379,335|
|HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE:||Overall||Short||Intermediate||Long|
|Very Bullish (0.59)||Bullish (0.44)||Very Bullish (0.62)||Very Bullish (0.71)|