27 May 2018Hot off the Press
Daniel Ricciardo will start the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position, after setting a record-breaking lap time in qualifying of 1:10.810. Ricciardo shaved over a second off the time set by last year’s polesitter, Kimi Räikkönen.
The Australian Formula One driver, who lives in Monaco, has never won in the principality, but came close in 2016 when he qualified first, but lost the race due to a bungled late-race pitstop and finished second. He also scored podiums in 2014 and 2017, finishing third both times.
After setting the fastest time ever recorded at the street circuit in Monte Carlo, Ricciardo said to his team: “50% done, let’s finish this shit tomorrow.”
“It’s good. Quickest every session,” he said, referring to topping the lap times in the three practice sessions. “Just the race tomorrow — then we’ll celebrate. Still a lot of fire in this belly. I’ve done everything I can so far. I’m pumped — it’s been a good few days.”
Despite six wins, this is only the second time in his Formula One career that Ricciardo has qualified in pole — and both times have been in Monaco.
Ricciardo will line up alongside former Red Bull teammate and four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), and ahead of the Mercedes of defending champion, current championship leader, and also four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton.
Next to Hamilton will be the second Ferrari of former World Champion Kimi Räikkönen, followed by the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and the Force India of Esteban Ocon.
Rounding out the top 10 qualifiers are two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso (McLaren), Carlos Sainz Jr (Renault), Sergio Pérez (Force India) and Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso).
The remaining drivers, in qualifying order, are Nico Hülkenberg (Renault), Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren), Sergey Sirotkin (Williams), Charles Leclerc (Sauber), Romain Grosjean (Haas), Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso), Marcus Ericsson (Sauber), Lance Stroll (Williams) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas).
Ricciardo’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen failed to qualify after crashing nose-first into a barrier during the third practice session, and will have to seek permission from the stewards to race.