Raikkonen takes Monaco pole for Ferrari

Hazel Gray
May 28, 2017

Button and Vandoorne qualified ninth and 10th, respectively, although a 15-place grid penalty for a new turbocharger and MGU-H component on Button's vehicle will ensure he starts from the back, and Vandoorne's three-place grid penalty for contact in the last race move his starting position down to 13th-just in front of Hamilton, hilariously enough.

The German driver had set the quickest time in the first sector of his last flyer, but lost all his advantage in the remainder of the lap and finished 0.043s behind the Finn. In second practice we were way off, we got it better through P3 and qualifying but it was still not an easy vehicle to drive. "Bottas's auto was better, very close to the second place".

However, Vettel has said he his happy with the set-up of his auto and that the mistake was on him.

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff admitted Mercedes got their set-up wrong in Practice Two for the Monaco GP as the Silver Arrows saw their pace disappear on Thursday afternoon.

Hamilton struggled all through the first session.

Verstappen was fastest in Q1 ahead of Vettel and Raikkonen, with Hamilton already an ominous 10th. "Just trying to make a stupid story or something".

Then, in qualifying, he went backwards.

Vandoorne's crash brought the second qualifying session to a halt so crews could clean up the mess and take the broken McLaren off the circuit. That lap may have got me into the top 10 but I think I'd have struggled to be in the top five.

"What surprises me is that they did it on both cars". We didn't have the greatest day. Tomorrow I will just be driving around in whatever position. "But it's an odd feeling, that's for sure".

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Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel react after taking the pole position in qualifying session in Monaco, May 27, 2017.

"It's the best place to start tomorrow but it doesn't guarantee anything".

Given the reliability and speed of Ferrari's vehicle, Raikkonen has a good chance of securing a 21st race win and his first since 2013 when he drove for Lotus at the season-opening Australian GP.

Hamilton wasn't the only disappointed Briton.

Jenson Button qualified ninth on his return to Formula 1 as a substitute for Fernando Alonso while the Spaniard races at the Indianapolis 500 this weekend.

"It doesn't really matter", Hamilton said.

"But I felt I was able to get more confident in qualifying and extract more and the last lap was mega - the best I have ever done around here". "Nevertheless I will happily take it". It's my last qualifying session, and probably one of my most enjoyable. I did everything I could in the vehicle. "I was told to have fun and enjoy it and I definitely have - not just driving the auto, but the whole F1 atmosphere".

"It's very hard for me, getting the penalty, but I enjoyed myself immensely".

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