Hamilton takes pole position in Monaco

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

World Champion Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position in Monaco for the first time after dominating Q3 in cloudy conditions.

Hamilton set a quick benchmark during the early stages and improved to a 1:15.098, while team-mate Nico Rosberg locked up into Sainte Devote.

Rosberg’s first time was rapid enough for second place, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Daniel Ricciardo took fourth for Red Bull and was backed up by team-mate Daniil Kvyat.

Kimi Räikkönen secured sixth for Ferrari while Sergio Pérez progressed through to Q3 for Force India and took a surprise seventh.

Carlos Sainz Jr. was eighth – though remains under investigation for missing the weighbridge in Q1 – with Pastor Maldonado and Max Verstappen completing the top 10.

Romain Grosjean was 11th fastest for Lotus though will drop to 16th due to a five place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

Grosjean’s sanction promotes Jenson Button to 11th position – McLaren’s highest grid slot of the season – ahead of Nico Hülkenberg and Felipe Massa.

Button was compromised on his fastest lap due to yellow flags caused by Rosberg running wide at Sainte Devote.

Fernando Alonso made it through to Q2 but he pulled off the circuit during the early stages of the session and will start from 14th place.

Both Sauber drivers fell at the first hurdle as Felipe Nasr was 16th with Marcus Ericsson in 18th, four tenths of a second further back.

They were split by Valtteri Bottas, who didn’t have the pace to progress from Q1 and managed only 17th position.

Manor Marussia once again rounded out the runners, with Will Stevens beating Roberto Merhi by a couple of tenths.

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