Lewis Hamilton put his Mercedes on pole for the Monaco Grand Prix – and founded the Silver Arrows for the victory in the race that would be the perfect greeting for their president Niki Lauda.
The British beat teammate Valtteri Bottas with 0.086 seconds as second.
& # 39; Yes, yes, yes, that's what I'm talking about, & # 39; Hamilton shouted over the radio, Lauda & # 39; s memory was undoubtedly in his mind when he called a round that looked out when Bottas was fast.
Lewis Hamilton could not contain his delight after taking pole position for the Monaco GP
The world champion raced to the small crowd across the track to celebrate his pole
Spectators watched as Hamilton jumped onto the safety gate to greet them in Monte Carlo
Max Verstappen, from Red Bull, was an impressive third – he drives really well.
Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, one afternoon that betrayed his lack of confidence, finished fourth.
Hamilton later jumped on the fences in Rascasse and waved to the crowd. There was a lot of feeling going into the production of this pole, after Lauda & # 39; s death at the age of 70 on Monday.
& # 39; This is a race that every driver dreams of, & # 39; he added. & # 39; We arrived with a great car and it was a great fight with Valtteri.
Hamilton gives the thumbs up as third placed Max Verstappen
Sir Jackie Stewart presented Hamilton with his trophy for pole position – a Pirelli tryre
Hamilton starts for teammate Valttei Bottas (left) and Verstappen for Sunday's race
MONACO NUMBERS WITH THE QUALIFICATION OF THE GP
POOL POSITION SHOOT-OUT
1 Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1: 10,166
2 Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1: 10,252
3 Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 1: 10,641
4 Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1: 10,947
5 Gasly (Fra) Red Bull 1: 11,041
6 Magnussen (Den) Haas 1: 11,109
7 Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1: 11,218
8 Kvyat (Russian) Toro Rosso 1: 11,271
9 Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1: 11,417
10 Albon (Tha) Toro Rosso 1: 11,653
EXCLUDED FROM Q1
11 Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1: 11,670
12 Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1: 11,724
13 Grosjean (Fra) Haas 1: 12,027
14 Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo 1: 12,115
Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo 1: 12,185
EXCLUDED FROM Q2
16 Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1: 12,149
17 Perez (Mex) Racing Point 1: 12,233
18 Walk (Can) Racing Point 1: 12,846
19 Russell (Gbr) Williams 1: 13,477
Kubica (Pol) Williams 1: 13,751
& # 39; He pole means so much to me. I had to dig deeper than ever. The round was beautiful. I feel great and super grateful.
& # 39; If you push this car to the limit, it is just like wrestling a bull. We are on the limit all the time. & # 39;
& # 39; Here is my home and this is the race that every driver dreams of winning & he said. & # 39; It means a lot to me, more than ever. The round was beautiful. & # 39;
Ferrari got soiled by an error that would have been hilarious if it wasn't embarrassing. Charles Leclerc, the local boy, was in the garage when he was knocked out of Q1.
Hamilton left it until his last point to reach pole position with less than a tenth of a second
To bring salt to the wounds, it was the last run of his teammate Vettel who beat him from place to place 16. Priceless.
Leclerc was furious and shook his head in disbelief. It seemed that he asked "what happened?" While addressing his team.
He still left the garage angry and made the long way back to the paddock, his cap rough on.
The Monegasque was the fastest in the practice earlier in the day and easily had enough pace to make it – if only he hadn't sat down for the last moments.
This is really bad from Ferrari. They were fast in pre-season testing and have since disappeared in all respects.
Charles Leclerc came out of Q1 as a shock after Ferrari decided not to ride one more point
It left a frustrated Leclerc behind during his home race, watching his exit from the Ferrari garage
Sebastian Vettel endured a scrappy session, squeezing Q1 before finishing fourth
– The front row lockout of Mercedes was their 62nd in the sport and tied them with Ferrari, McLaren and Williams
– Lewis Hamilton & # 39; s 59th pole position for Mercedes is the most one-for-one driver for a single team and beats Michael Schumacher's total total for Ferrari
Mercedes is dominant, has won all five races this season and has to wonder if a) Ferrari & # 39; s new team boss Mattia Binotto is at work and b) if Vettel, who crashed in practice at Sainte Devote, really wants to race .
Leclerc certainly does that, but he has no chance of the Scuderia mastering the F1 skill that Mrs May was for EU negotiations.
& # 39; I asked if they knew for sure that I didn't have to go anymore & # 39 ;, said Leclerc. & # 39; "Shouldn't we go again?"
& # 39; I have not yet received a detailed explanation. I need some explanation. & # 39;
Verstappen walks around the hairpin on the way to a very credible third for Red Bull
Boats close to the circuit watch all qualifying actions while Verstappen goes through Tabac
At least we can sit back and hope to catch up. The ghost goes back to 2006 and Michael Schumacher in a fast Ferrari who pulls a line from the back of the grid to finish fifth.
Elsewhere, George Russell qualified his Williams teammate Robert Kubica for the sixth consecutive time. They start last and last.
Lando Norris or McLaren was the fastest twelfth, behind teammate Carlos Sainz, who will start ninth.
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