After 12 classifications consecutive getting the pole, Mercedes has been defeated on a Saturday, something completely unusual. None of their two
pilots could with the extraordinary time of Daniel Ricciardo, and will have to
escort you the road of the starting grid. All this after a classification
tremendously matched up in head in that Mercedes managed to get out relatively
graceful in the push of the Red Bull and the Ferrari.
Nico Rosberg will seek his fourth consecutive win in Monaco, starting from the first row for the sixth time in 6 races. The German rider led the Q2, but his best time in Q3 left him
one-tenth of the record of Ricciardo. Rosberg was surprised with his record, but wait
the strategy of the australian to start the
career with superblandos play to his favor in the output.
I Was really surprised when Daniel did his first fast lap in Q3. I Thought, “holy damn, it has been very quick!”. I tried to the maximum to match it, and you can get closer a little bit, but it was not enough for the pole. Red Bull and in particular Daniel, have done a great job. To get his first pole in Monaco must be very special to him.
Tomorrow we will have a few opportunities to win the race. At first, Daniel will have the tire harder with less grip, and we can win something there. When I had the hardest compound in China, happened to me in the output, so that I hope to be able to get back tomorrow and take him. I have practiced a lot the outputs, so can be exciting.
The situation was quite frustrating for Lewis
Hamilton. The british pilot was the second both in Q1 (after Vettel) as in
Q2, to 13 thousandths behind Rosberg, but suffered a power loss in the pit lane
at the start of Q3. He was able to return to the track, but his best time is not allowed to access
the first line, and will third.
Hamilton you think you have the rhythm necessary to win, and
remember your win 8 years ago from the same grid position, but
acknowledge that you need outside help to achieve this.
I can hardly find the words now. Today was the fastest
on the track, but the problem at the start of Q3 made that I couldn’t use that
pace. I have done the maximum with the return I’ve had, and I am satisfied with
that. My last lap was what should have been the first, so at least I will be able to
start third when I should have been tenth. The last time I started third here was in 2008, and won the race. Then I thought I had no options before you start, but in the end it was a great race. Anything can happen.
For tomorrow, Red Bull has
done something different by putting Daniel the superblandos. I’m not sure how to
will be that, but the compounds are quite similar so I don’t think that
the ultrablando give us an advantage in the output. If Daniel can get out of the
curve 1 in front of us, you just have to follow you there, make your car as
wide as you can and do last for these tires while others may wear down the our after it, because it is almost impossible to overtake here. Until the
compound softer is quite hard, so should easily be a
strategy to a stop if the race is dry, so that makes it even more difficult.
Hopefully we will get some rain to mix things up a little.