Hamilton pips Nico Rosberg to pole position at Monaco Grand Prix

AFP
Published May 24, 2015, 7:58 am IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 2:42 am IST
It was the 30-year-old Briton’s first success on the streets of his favourite circuit
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures after setting the pole position after the qualifying session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco (Photo: AP)
 Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures after setting the pole position after the qualifying session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco (Photo: AP)

Monaco: Defending world champion and current series leader Lewis Hamilton secured his maiden pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix when he topped Saturday’s qualifying times ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. It was the 30-year-old Briton’s first success on the streets of his favourite circuit and came at the ninth attempt as he outpaced Rosberg in a tight contest to claim the 43rd pole of his career.

Hamilton clocked a final best lap in one minute and 15.090 seconds to wind up three-tenths of a second clear of Rosberg and fellow-German Sebastian Vettel, who was third for Ferrari ahead of the two Red Bulls of Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Russian Daniil Kvyat.

 

Kimi Raikkonen, who had crashed during morning practice, was sixth in the second Ferrari ahead of Sergio Perez of Force India, Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso, Pastor Maldonado of Lotus and teenager Max Verstappen, who was 10th in the second Toro Rosso.   

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