Lewis Hamilton takes Monaco GP Formula 1 pole for first time

Lewis Hamilton comfortably claimed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, as his Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg's qualifying challenge went awry

Lewis Hamilton takes Monaco GP Formula 1 pole for first time

The two Mercedes drivers were once again well clear of the rest of the field on pure pace and thus engaged in an exclusive battle for the top spot.

Hamilton trailed Rosberg by nearly four tenths of a second after Q2, but reversed the positions by just over a tenth of a second after their first runs in the top-10 shootout.

Hamilton found even more time on his final run in Q3, while Rosberg abandoned his after locking up heavily at Sainte Devote.

That left Hamilton 0.342 seconds clear in claiming his first pole position in Monte Carlo.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was the only other driver to lap below 1m16s as he secured third spot on the grid, just under two tenths of a second ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who also failed to improve on his second run in Q3.

Team-mate Daniil Kvyat did find time on his second run to place fifth, ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

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Force India's Sergio Perez hustled the VJM08 to a superb seventh spot, just ahead of Carlos Sainz, Pastor Maldonado and Max Verstappen, who all ended up on the same tenth in eighth, ninth and 10th.

Romain Grosjean failed to join his Lotus team-mate Maldonado in the top 10 shootout, after locking up at the second part of the Swimming Pool on his quickest lap in Q2.

An expected five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change ahead of the event means he should start 16th for Sunday's race.

McLaren-Honda was confident of getting both cars through to Q3 for the first time this season, but neither made the cut in the end.

Fernando Alonso's car suffered a suspected electrical problem before he could complete a flying lap in Q2, while team-mate Jenson Button was less than a tenth of a second away from making the top 10, something he described as "painful" when he learned of his fate, having had to slow for yellow flags (after Rosberg locked up and went off at Sainte Devote) on his final flying lap.

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg was lucky to get away with striking the wall at Mirabeau in Q1 and ended up 13th fastest overall, just under 0.2s adrift of team-mate Perez.

Williams struggled badly in Monaco, with Felipe Massa winding up 14th fastest while team-mate Valtteri Bottas ended up being the highest-profile casualty in Q1.

The Finn was more than six tenths of a second away from making the cut and wound up 17th fastest, between the Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson.

The Manor/Marussias were over two seconds further back in filling the final row of the grid.

Will Stevens was three tenths faster than team-mate Roberto Merhi through the first sector of their quickest laps, which proved crucial in the final reckoning.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.098s -
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.440s 0.342s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m15.849s 0.751s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.041s 0.943s
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m16.182s 1.084s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.427s 1.329s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m16.808s 1.710s
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m16.946s 1.848s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m16.957s 1.859s
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.093s 1.995s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m17.193s -
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m17.278s -
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m26.632s -
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.101s -
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m17.007s -
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m18.434s -
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.513s -
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m20.655s -
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m20.904s -
20 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m16.931s -

* Grosjean has a five-place penalty

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