Ricciardo: pole and record-breaking Monaco

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No one was waiting for him, even though I had already given a notice on the free of Thursday, but Daniel Ricciardo has been vindicated in the best possible scenario. The australian rider has achieved its first pole position in Formula 1 in a scenario dreamed, and first for Red Bull from 2013, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso completed another consistent classification that allowed them to get into Q3 for the second consecutive race, with what partirián sixth and ninth, helped by a penalty to Raikkonen. The classification has already started with a scare, seriously, Verstappen crashed just start the session.

Q1: Verstappen, KO

within minutes of the start of the session, the first fright: Felipe Nasr broke the engine in the same tunnel, so they brought out a red flag to stop it for a few minutes until the stewards cleaned the oil at this point. It was the prelude to the great incident of the day.

The momentum of Max Verstappen will cost him dearly. He was doing his first fast lap, and came marking a ‘tiempazo’, when you find one of the chicanes rushed too much against the guardrail, broke the front suspension and could not avoid crashing. The winner in Montmeló will come out from the bottom of the grill.

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This accident hurt Fernando Alonso, who did not give his first round until after the second red flag of the day. He missed on his first attempt, didn’t come nor did exceptionally well in the second, and finally, in the third round in a row, got with comfort in Q2 with the eleventh time. Those eliminated were Ericsson, Palmer, Haryanto, Wehrlein, Verstappen and Nasr. The fastest was Sebastian Vettel, with comfort, ahead of Hamilton and Rosberg.

time Table Q1 Grand Prix Mónaco

Pos. Piloto Dorsal Equipo Tiempo Gap Laps
1 Alemania Sebastian Vettel 5 Ferrari 01′ 14″610 0 7
2 Gran Bretaña Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes 01′ 14″826 +0.216 8
3 Alemania Nico Rosberg 6 Mercedes 01′ 14″873 +0.263 8
4 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull 01′ 14″912 +0.302 5
5 México Sergio Perez 11 Force India 01′ 15″328 +0.718 11
6 Alemania Nico Hulkenberg 27 Force India 01′ 15″333 +0.723 11
7 Rusia Daniil Kvyat 26 Toro Rosso 01′ 15″384 +0.774 6
8 Francia Romain Grosjean 8 Haas F1 Team 01′ 15″465 +0.855 12
9 España Carlos Sainz 55 Toro Rosso 01′ 15″467 +0.857 6
10 Finlandia Kimi Raikkonen 7 Ferrari 01′ 15″499 +0.889 8
11 España Fernando Alonso 14 McLaren 01′ 15″504 +0.894 8
12 Finlandia Valtteri Bottas 77 Williams 01′ 15″521 +0.911 10
13 Gran Bretaña Jenson Button 22 McLaren 01′ 15″554 +0.944 5
14 México Esteban Gutiérrez 21 Haas F1 Team 01′ 15″592 +0.982 12
15 Brasil Felipe Massa 19 Williams 01′ 15″710 +1.100 13
16 Dinamarca Kevin Magnussen 20 Renault 01′ 16″253 +1.643 12
17 Suecia Marcus Ericsson 9 Sauber 01′ 16″299 +1.689 12
18 Gran Bretaña Jolyon Palmer 30 Renault 01′ 16″586 +1.976 12
19 Indonesia Rio Haryanto 88 Manor F1 01′ 17″295 +2.685 12
20 Alemania Pascal Wehrlein 94 Manor F1 01′ 17″452 +2.842 12
21 Países Bajos Max Verstappen 33 Red Bull 01′ 22″467 +7.857 3
22 Brasil Felipe Nasr 12 Sauber No time 1

Q2: Rosberg and Hamilton raze

Lewis Hamilton broke the deck in the second round of the classification. If the pole of 2015, achieved by himself, was a 1:15.0, a year later he has achieved a spectacular 1:14.0, before you even appear in the shoot-final… that will replied Nico Rosberg on the checkered flag. There were only 13 thousandths between the two.

behind, at the extreme of equality: Fernando Alonso got the cut for Q3 in extremis, in tenth position, with his best lap of this Grand Prix. With more than a tenth ahead of Bottas, the spaniard added his second ‘top ten’ in a row. Those eliminated were Bottas, Gutierrez, Button, Massa, Grosjean and Magnussen.

time Table Q2 Grand Prix Mónaco

Pos. Piloto Dorsal Equipo Tiempo Gap Laps
1 Alemania Nico Rosberg 6 Mercedes 01′ 14″043 0 16
2 Gran Bretaña Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes 01′ 14″056 +0.013 15
3 Alemania Sebastian Vettel 5 Ferrari 01′ 14″318 +0.275 15
4 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull 01′ 14″357 +0.314 13
5 Finlandia Kimi Raikkonen 7 Ferrari 01′ 14″789 +0.746 17
6 Rusia Daniil Kvyat 26 Toro Rosso 01′ 14″794 +0.751 15
7 España Carlos Sainz 55 Toro Rosso 01′ 14″805 +0.762 15
8 México Sergio Perez 11 Force India 01′ 14″937 +0.894 20
9 Alemania Nico Hulkenberg 27 Force India 01′ 14″989 +0.946 18
10 España Fernando Alonso 14 McLaren 01′ 15″107 +1.064 18
11 Finlandia Valtteri Bottas 77 Williams 01′ 15″273 +1.230 15
12 México Esteban Gutiérrez 21 Haas F1 Team 01′ 15″293 +1.250 22
13 Gran Bretaña Jenson Button 22 McLaren 01′ 15″352 +1.309 15
14 Brasil Felipe Massa 19 Williams 01′ 15″385 +1.342 19
15 Francia Romain Grosjean 8 Haas F1 Team 01′ 15″571 +1.528 22
16 Dinamarca Kevin Magnussen 20 Renault 01′ 16″058 +2.015 22

Q3: opens Ricciardo

The fans of the conspiracy to Mercedes will be happy after this classification. Lewis Hamilton was leaving the pits at the start of Q3 when he lost all the power of his car. The mechanics were rushing to pick him up to put him back to the pits, where they resolved the fault.

however, a guest actor surprised everyone: Daniel Ricciardo accomplished an unthinkable 1:13.622, which resulted in the improvement of the record of the layout of monaco that was in the possession of Jarno Trulli, with a 1:13.9. Their spectacular return was sufficient, despite the fact that Lewis Hamilton took to the track (with the engine touched) and Nico Rosberg came, although not enough.

Carlos Sainz, who finished seventh, and Fernando Alonso, who was tenth, earn a position, thanks to the sanction of Kimi Räikkönen, which was sixth, but drops five places for replacing the gearbox.

time Table Q3 Grand Prix Mónaco

Pos. Piloto Dorsal Equipo Tiempo Gap Laps
1 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull 01′ 13″622 0 21
2 Alemania Nico Rosberg 6 Mercedes 01′ 13″791 +0.169 24
3 Gran Bretaña Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes 01′ 13″942 +0.320 21
4 Alemania Sebastian Vettel 5 Ferrari 01′ 14″552 +0.930 23
5 Alemania Nico Hulkenberg 27 Force India 01′ 14″726 +1.104 25
6 Finlandia Kimi Raikkonen 7 Ferrari 01′ 14″732 +1.110 25
7 España Carlos Sainz 55 Toro Rosso 01′ 14″749 +1.127 23
8 México Sergio Perez 11 Force India 01′ 14″902 +1.280 28
9 Rusia Daniil Kvyat 26 Toro Rosso 01′ 15″273 +1.651 23
10 España Fernando Alonso 14 McLaren 01′ 15″363 +1.741 26