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.
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
|1||Sebastian Vettel||5||Ferrari||01′ 14″610||0||7|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes||01′ 14″826||+0.216||8|
|3||Nico Rosberg||6||Mercedes||01′ 14″873||+0.263||8|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull||01′ 14″912||+0.302||5|
|5||Sergio Perez||11||Force India||01′ 15″328||+0.718||11|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||27||Force India||01′ 15″333||+0.723||11|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||26||Toro Rosso||01′ 15″384||+0.774||6|
|8||Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||01′ 15″465||+0.855||12|
|9||Carlos Sainz||55||Toro Rosso||01′ 15″467||+0.857||6|
|10||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Ferrari||01′ 15″499||+0.889||8|
|11||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren||01′ 15″504||+0.894||8|
|12||Valtteri Bottas||77||Williams||01′ 15″521||+0.911||10|
|13||Jenson Button||22||McLaren||01′ 15″554||+0.944||5|
|14||Esteban Gutiérrez||21||Haas F1 Team||01′ 15″592||+0.982||12|
|15||Felipe Massa||19||Williams||01′ 15″710||+1.100||13|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||20||Renault||01′ 16″253||+1.643||12|
|17||Marcus Ericsson||9||Sauber||01′ 16″299||+1.689||12|
|18||Jolyon Palmer||30||Renault||01′ 16″586||+1.976||12|
|19||Rio Haryanto||88||Manor F1||01′ 17″295||+2.685||12|
|20||Pascal Wehrlein||94||Manor F1||01′ 17″452||+2.842||12|
|21||Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull||01′ 22″467||+7.857||3|
|22||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
|1||Nico Rosberg||6||Mercedes||01′ 14″043||0||16|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes||01′ 14″056||+0.013||15|
|3||Sebastian Vettel||5||Ferrari||01′ 14″318||+0.275||15|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull||01′ 14″357||+0.314||13|
|5||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Ferrari||01′ 14″789||+0.746||17|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||26||Toro Rosso||01′ 14″794||+0.751||15|
|7||Carlos Sainz||55||Toro Rosso||01′ 14″805||+0.762||15|
|8||Sergio Perez||11||Force India||01′ 14″937||+0.894||20|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||27||Force India||01′ 14″989||+0.946||18|
|10||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren||01′ 15″107||+1.064||18|
|11||Valtteri Bottas||77||Williams||01′ 15″273||+1.230||15|
|12||Esteban Gutiérrez||21||Haas F1 Team||01′ 15″293||+1.250||22|
|13||Jenson Button||22||McLaren||01′ 15″352||+1.309||15|
|14||Felipe Massa||19||Williams||01′ 15″385||+1.342||19|
|15||Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||01′ 15″571||+1.528||22|
|16||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
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull||01′ 13″622||0||21|
|2||Nico Rosberg||6||Mercedes||01′ 13″791||+0.169||24|
|3||Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes||01′ 13″942||+0.320||21|
|4||Sebastian Vettel||5||Ferrari||01′ 14″552||+0.930||23|
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||27||Force India||01′ 14″726||+1.104||25|
|6||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Ferrari||01′ 14″732||+1.110||25|
|7||Carlos Sainz||55||Toro Rosso||01′ 14″749||+1.127||23|
|8||Sergio Perez||11||Force India||01′ 14″902||+1.280||28|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||26||Toro Rosso||01′ 15″273||+1.651||23|
|10||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren||01′ 15″363||+1.741||26|