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Lewis Hamilton secures maiden Monaco GP pole

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Saturday 23rd May, 2015 - 11:15pm

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Lewis Hamilton swept to pole in Monaco

Lewis Hamilton swept to pole in Monaco

Lewis Hamilton trumped team-mate Nico Rosberg to score the first Monaco Grand Prix pole of his career.

After Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari had proven fastest in Saturday morning’s third practice, the Mercedes duo was again on top when it mattered most.

Hamilton set the tone in the deciding Q3 session with a 1:15.30s on his first run; 0.14s clear of team-mate Rosberg.

The German then lost any chance of a response when a heavy right-front lock-up into Sainte Devote forced him to abort his second effort.

Hamilton subsequently brought his best time down to 1:15.098s to secure the pole by a full 0.34s.

“It wasn’t the easiest session, I didn’t have the rhythm until the last two laps,” said Hamilton.

“It’s incredibly special for me and for my guys, who have worked very hard all weekend.”

By contrast, Rosberg added that he’d enjoyed a smooth session until the final moments.

“I knew Lewis was going to be quick so I had to go for it and it didn’t work out,” he said of the mistake.

Vettel secured a distant third on 1:15.85s, while Australian Daniel Ricciardo narrowly made it within a second of Hamilton to lock in a strong fourth.

Team-mate Daniil Kvyat edged out the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in the dying seconds to score fifth.

Sergio Perez made just one Q3 run on the way to seventh while Carlos Sainz Jr, Pastor Maldonado and Max Verstappen completed the top 10.

It was a double disaster for Williams as both drivers missed Q3 as they struggled for speed in the cool conditions.

Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will start 14th and 17th respectively, with the latter failing to progress from Q1.

There was also disappointment at McLaren after an electrical problem and an ill-timed yellow flag cost Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button a shot at Q3 respectively.

Result: Monaco GP Qualifying

Pos

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

1:15.098

28

2

Nico Rosberg Mercedes

1:15.440

25

3

Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

1:15.849

24

4

Daniel Ricciardo Red bull

1:16.041

28

5

Daniil Kvyat Red bull

1:16.182

26

6

Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari

1:16.427

23

7

Sergio Perez Force india

1:16.808

22

8

Carlos Sainz Toro rosso

1:16.931

29

9

Pastor Maldonado Lotus

1:16.946

30

10

Max Verstappen Toro rosso

1:16.957

29

11

Romain Grosjean Lotus

1:17.007

22

12

Jenson Button Mclaren

1:17.093

20

13

Nico Hulkenberg Force india

1:17.193

16

14

Felipe Massa Williams

1:17.278

22

15

Fernando Alonso Mclaren

1:26.632

11

16

Felipe Nasr Sauber

1:18.101

11

17

Valtteri Bottas Williams

1:18.434

10

18

Marcus Ericsson Sauber

1:18.513

11

19

Will Stevens Marussia

1:20.655

9

20

Roberto Merhi Marussia

1:20.904

10

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