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Published: 16:00 | 28/5/16

Ricciardo delighted with Monaco pole

Hamilton left to pray for rain

Daniel Ricciardo was delighted to secure his first ever pole position after a scintillating qualifying performance in Monaco.

The Australian helped Red Bull to deny Mercedes for the first time since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2013 as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton could only manage second and third respectively.

Hamilton suffered engine problems due to fuel pressure as the cars made their way onto the track at the beginning of Q3 and was unable to recover in time to overturn Ricciardo's best lap time to set up what promises to be an intriguing race in the principality tomorrow.

"I knew coming into the weekend I had a shot at it," Ricciardo said afterwards.

"It looked good from Thursday. I think after the last few races, I feel like I have been driving well, but not getting maximum reward. I came in with a lot of confidence and a lot of belief."

"The plan was to go out on the ultra soft in the first run in Q2 and at least try and do a good enough lap with that and then we had the time on our side so we thought let's try and see what a super soft can do and we just feel maybe it opens up a few more options for the race tomorrow.

"It's definitely a special place. I knew coming into the weekend we would have a shot at it.

"I had it in my mind also after Barcelona that I have been driving well but haven't quite got maximum rewards so I came into this weekend with a lot of confidence and a lot of belief I could be in this position.

"I have always enjoyed this place. We have a good package behind us and it's nice to be able to make the most of out it.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner also pointed to the tyre selection being being crucial in securing pole.

"We felt the super soft has a bit more range," he added. "If you are on that tyre it gives you more strategic options, but that goes out of the window if it rains tomorrow..."

Hamilton, meanwhile, was unable to hide his disappointment after another of the technical glitches that have blighted his campaign so far this season.

"It was a difficult qualifying, and I don't know what to say," he said.

"The good thing was that I could get out and do a lap. I will do what I can tomorrow to salvage what I can from today's result.

"If the car keeps going I will be fighting as hard as I can with these guys. Hopefully it rains."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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