Daniel Ricciardo produced a spectacular lap to claim his maiden first pole position for today’s 78 lap Monaco Grand Prix.
Two weeks on from the Milton Keynes-based squads return to the top step of the podium in Barcelona, The resurgence of the bulls continued as Daniel Ricciardo gave Red Bull their first pole position since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix as the Australian continued on with his brilliant Thursday pace around the streets of Monaco by setting a blistering time of a 1:13.622 on the new purple-branded ultra-soft tyres.
He will start the 78 lap race alongside current championship leader Nico Rosberg, who out-qualified Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton managed to take third place in his last attempt after missing out on the first Qualifying 3 runs when his Silver Arrow stopped at the pit-lane exit when the final 12 minute session began with Mercedes confirming that it was a fuel pressure problem which plagued the Briton’s W07-Hybrid.
Team boss Toto Wolff said that Rosberg was suffering the same issue on his car, as the reigning back-to-back world champions suffered their third qualifying defeat since 2014.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fourth, as Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg managed to put in a best effort of a 1.14.726 to beat the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen to fifth place by 0.006 seconds. The 2007 world champion Raikkonen will be demoted to 11th after a receiving a five-grid place penalty for a gearbox change.
Toro Rosso duo Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat claimed seventh and ninth places respectively, only separated by half a second with the other Force India of Sergio Pérez sandwiched in-between them in eighth.
Fernando Alonso took McLaren-Honda to Qualifying 3 for the second consecutive race weekend and completed the top 10. The Spaniard is promoted to ninth on the grid following Raikkonen’s penalty.
Williams Martini Racing continued to struggle in Monaco once again but Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa got through the first qualifying session to take 11th and 14th places respectively with Bottas moving up one place on the grid due to fellow Finn Raikkonen’s five-grid place penalty.
Mexican Esteban Gutiérrez for the first time out-qualifed his Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean by ending up in 12th position, with the other McLaren-Honda of Jenson Button claiming 13th.
Grosjean took 15th, with the Renault of Kevin Magnussen qualifying in 16th although the Dane could be given a penalty due to exiting the pit lane under red flag conditions. The sole-running Sauber in Qualifying 1 of Marcus Ericsson qualified in 17th.
Jolyon Palmer‘s horror weekend at the principality continued as the Briton dropped out of the first qualifying session for the fifth time in six race weekends, finishing ahead of the Manor duo of Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein.
As Ricciardo enjoyed his first-career pole, team-mate Max Verstappen fell from top to bottom in an error-filled Saturday at F1’s jewel crown event. Arriving in Monte Carlo as F1’s youngest-ever race winner at just 18-years old after an amazing debut for Red Bull at Barcelona, the Dutchman hit the barriers at Massenet heading towards Casino Square in final practice before another error by hitting the guardrail and damaging his suspension in the process at the end of the swimming pool complex which sent him into the barriers during the first stage of qualifying.
Verstappen will start at the back row of the grid alongside the Sauber of Felipe Nasr who suffered an engine failure at the start of the first qualifying stage.
The Full Formula 1 Grand Prix De Monaco 2016 Qualifying Results Classification provided at the link: http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2016-race-results/2016-monaco-results/qualifying.html.
Written by Michael Terminello