Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying:
By Harry Schofield:
Charles Leclerc was the first casualty of Q1 as he did not make it into Q2, he will now start the Monaco Grand Prix in a disappointing 16th position on the grid.
Ferrari team strategy was in question as he should have been sent out for another run, but the team did not react to the track conditions.
I suspect Ferrari might be nursing a problem with an engine and may well change the unit overnight and start from the pit lane tomorrow but this is just a probability and not confirmed .
A disappointing Q2 for Alfa Romeo with Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi starting 14th and 15th respectively .
Kimi’s 300th race this weekend at Monaco he will start from 14th position on the grid, but being Monaco anything can happen and the Alfa Romeo team have a good car underneath them, so don't write Alfa Romeo off for a podium.
Lewis Hamilton maintained Mercedes dominance and claimed pole position for the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel hit the barrier at Tabac corner and cost him track position.
Valtteri Bottas who claimed 2nd position behind Lewis Hamilton sets the way the race will progress, but being Monaco and with the hard charging Max Verstappen in 3rd place on the grid it will be an exciting start to tomorrows race.
The Red Bull looks extremely well balanced car and I’m sure going into Ste Devote Max will try and overtake the two Mercedes .
Its a shame for Charles but lets see what happens overnight in the Ferrari garage, will it be team strategy or they were nursing a potential problem.
There is a 60% chance of rain tomorrow so will wait in anticipation for what is set to be a fantastic Monaco Grand prix.
Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying Full Result:
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:10.166
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.086s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0.475s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.781s
5 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 0.875s
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas 0.943s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.052s
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1.105s
9 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.251s
10 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1.487s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:11.670
12 Lando Norris McLaren 1:11.724
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:12.027
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1:12.115
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:12.185
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:12.149
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:12.233
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:12.846
19 George Russell Williams 1:13.477
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:13.751
© Harry Schofield 2019