Starting position has always been critical at Monaco, a track where merely being faster than someone in race conditions has never been a guarantee of being able to overtake.
Since 1933, the grid order has been dictated by practice speed (before that, it was drawn by ballot), and some drivers have often been able to pull a great lap out of the bag when they really needed to.
Here are 10 of the best qualifiers around the streets of Monaco. Some of the names might surprise you, with one of the event's greatest winners not even making the list!
Trulli's 2004 pole lap is part of Monaco Grand Prix folklore © LAT
10 Jarno Trulli
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.