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Published: 15:16 | 28/5/16

Ricciardo claims pole in Monaco

Maiden pole for Red Bull driver

Daniel Ricciardo claimed the first pole position of his career ahead of tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix as Red Bull finally broke Mercedes' stranglehold on qualifying which stretched back two-and-a-half years to Brazil in 2013.

The Australian driver was quickest in a dramatic final segment in 1:13.622, just ahead of Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg (+0.169s) and Lewis Hamilton (+0.320s) after Spanish Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen crashed out in the first segment.

Hamilton suffered more technical difficulties as his car lost power after suffering a fuel pressure problem on its way onto the track for the final segment.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest, but was almost a second behind Ricciardo (+0.930s), with Nico Hulkenberg fifth (+1.104s) for Force India.

Sixth place on tomorrow's grid will be Carlos Sainz for Toro Rosso, with Sergio Perez claiming seventh in the other Force India.

Kimi Raikkonen had been sixth fastest, but will start in eleventh tomorrow after being penalised for a gearbox change ahead of the session. Renault's Kevin Magnussen, who finished 16th, may also face sanction after appearing to break a red light at the end of Q1.

Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat was eighth fastest, just ahead of Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas in ninth and tenth for McLaren and Williams repsectively.

The main drama of the opening segment saw Verstappen clip the barrier at the Swimming Pool turn which forced him to retire with suspension damage. The teenager will start in the back row alongside Felipe Nasr whose Sauber began billowing smoke within seconds of the start.

Q3 began disastrously for Hamilton as his car lost power on its way out of the pit lane due to a fuel pressure issue and had to be dragged back to the Mercedes garage.

Ricciardo took advantage and posted a very quick 1:13.622 almost immediately and that proved to be the best of the day.

Hamilton finally emerged from the pits with barely six minutes remaining and, after a couple of abortive attempts, finally settled into his flying lap with just seconds remaining.

But it wasn't quick enough and the Briton will have to settle for third place on the grid behind Ricciardo and Rosberg.


MONACO GRAND PRIX STARTING GRID

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m13.622s

-

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m13.791s

0.169s

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m13.942s

0.320s

4

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m14.552s

0.930s

5

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1m14.726s

1.104s

6

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m14.749s

1.127s

7

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m14.902s

1.280s

8

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m15.273s

1.651s

9

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m15.363s

1.741s

10

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m15.273s

-

11

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m14.732s

-

12

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1m15.293s

-

13

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m15.352s

-

14

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m15.385s

-

15

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1m15.571s

-

16

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1m16.058s

-

17

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m16.299s

-

18

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1m16.586s

-

19

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

1m17.295s

-

20

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

1m17.452s

-

21

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

1m22.467s

-

22

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

-

-


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