Raikkonen grabs pole position in Monaco

  • Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2017

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen will start from pole position in the Formula 1 Grand Prix race for the first time in nine years after being fastest in qualifying for Monaco Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen was the fastest in the first qualifying round. The Red Bull Racing driver set the time 1:13.078 what was just 0.012s better than Sebastian Vettel’s result and 0.039s faster than Kimi Raikkonen. Sauber drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson failed to qualify for the second round, just as Jolyon Palmer, Lance Stroll, and Esteban Ocon who missed most of the session after crashing during the 3rd free practice.

Max Verstappen 2017 Monaco Grand Prix

Max Verstappen during qualifying in Monaco

Mercedes struggled in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, especially Lewis Hamilton who failed to progress to the final round and will start from the 13th position on Sunday. Felipe Massa, Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg, and Daniil Kvyat also failed to qualify for Q3. Jenson Button surprised with scoring the place in top 10 but the McLaren driver will start from the back of the grid due to unscheduled power unit change penalty. Finally, Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest during Q2 – 1:12.231. After crashing late in Q2, Stoffel Vandoorne missed the last qualifying round.

Lewis Hamilton 2017 Monaco Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton dissapointed in qualifying session in Monaco

Kimi Raikkonen again did an excellent job when it was most important. The Finn won pole position with 1:12.178 what is his first pole position since the 2008 French Grand Prix. Ferrari occupied front row after Sebastian Vettel was 2nd in qualifying while Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen will start from the second row.

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