Raikkonen on Pole as Hamilton Endures Q2 Catastrophe


Kimi Raikkonen - Photo Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kimi Raikkonen claimed his first pole position for nine years as Ferrari locked out the front row of the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix. The Finn ended his 128 race wait for a pole position while championship challenger Lewis Hamilton suffered a disastrous session, dropping out in Q2 and qualifying fourteenth.

Hamilton hadn’t been showing pole position pace at any stage during the weekend but was still expected to comfortably clear his way into the top ten shootout. However, an error on the way into Massenet, which nearly sent him into the barriers, put him on his back-foot and plunged him into the drop zone heading into the closing minutes.

The Mercedes driver did appear to be on course to salvage the situation on his final lap until Stoffel Vandoorne buried his McLaren into the barriers at the Swimming Pool, bringing out the yellow flags. Ironically, the Belgian did make it through into Q3 but with no other improvements possible, Hamilton was stranded in fourteenth.

Q3 went on without the no.44 but Raikkonen held top spot throughout, clocking a 1:12.296 on his first run before lowering the benchmark time by another tenth later on. That final flyer would ultimately make the difference with Sebastian Vettel missing out by 0.043s while Valtteri Bottas trailed by a further two thousandths in third.

The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo also broke into the 1:12s, securing them fourth and fifth respectively, with Carlos Sainz following up Toro Rosso’s impressive Thursday form by taking sixth on the grid. Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean will share the fourth row and although the returning Jenson Button finished a superb ninth, grid penalties for changing power unit components will relegate the 2009 champion to the back of the grid.

 

2017 Grand Prix de Monaco – Qualifying Result

PosDriverTeamBest Time 
17. Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:12.178Q3
25. Sebastian VettelFerrari1:12.221Q3
377. Valtteri BottasMercedes1:12.223Q3
433. Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:12.496Q3
53. Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:12.998Q3
655. Carlos SainzToro Rosso Renault1:13.162Q3
711. Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:13.329Q3
88. Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:13.349Q3
922. Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:13.613Q3
102. Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren HondaNo TimeQ3
1126. Danil KvyatToro Rosso Renault1:13.516Q2
1227. Nico HulkenbergRenault1:13.628Q2
1320. Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:13.959Q2
1444. Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:14.106Q2
1519. Felipe MassaWilliams Mercedes1:20.529Q2
1631. Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:14.101Q1
1730. Jolyon PalmerRenault1:14.696Q1
1818. Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:14.893Q1
1994. Pascal WehrleinSauber Ferrari1:15.195Q1
209. Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:15.276Q1