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GP Monaco 2015 (qualifying): Hamilton on pole in front of Rosberg

GP Monaco 2015 (qualifying)
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L ewis Hamilton has reported back again. After Nico Rosberg snatched pole position from him at the Spanish GP for the first time this season, the Briton was able to clarify the situation at Mercedes in Monaco. The world championship leader took off Rosberg almost four tenths of a second on his fastest lap. A clear message. For Hamilton it is the fifth Pole this year, but his first ever in Monaco.

Rosberg with driving error

'That took a long time,' said Hamilton about his lean period in the Principality . 'It wasn't an easy session. I had some things that messed up the rhythm. I didn't really find the rhythm. It's not easy to explain how difficult this track is to drive. We had in the first qualifying Sections problems with the tires, with the wing and with traffic. '

Rosberg made a mistake in the decisive attempt. He braked before Turn 1. Already in the second qualifying section, Rosberg made a faux pas. He had to take the emergency exit in the Saint Devote. 'In the end I lost touch a bit,' said Rosberg. 'I knew Lewis was putting pressure on it, but it didn't work out. I had to go to the limit and then I was over. Second place is a bit sobering because the qualification here means so much.'

Too cold for Ferrari

While Sebastian Vettel was able to stand up to the Silver Arrows in third practice with his best time, there was nothing more to gain for the Heppenheimer in qualifying. The Ferrari driver was about eight tenths of a second missing from Hamilton and four tenths from Rosberg. 'It was a bit too cold for us. We had problems getting the tires up to temperature,' said Vettel. 'The last run went a bit in the pants. I only saw the smoke after Nico's brakes. The gap was still too big to close.'

The Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat confirmed the good form with starting positions four and five. Kimi Raikkonen only made it to sixth place. The Finn lost valuable time in the third practice session because he had to park the Ferrari early after kissing the crash barrier.

Sergio Perez was the positive surprise of qualifying. The Force India driver starts the race from seventh place. In the absence of fresh tires, he only dared one attempt in the third qualifying segment and still didn't have a big oneDisadvantage.

Sainz ignores Libra

Behind is Carlos Sainz in the Toro Rosso. However, the Spaniard was penalized for ignoring the FIA's request to weigh in in Q1. Now the rookie has to start from the pit lane. Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus and Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso move up one place to ranks 8 and 9.

Romain Grosjean missed the jump into the top ten. The Frenchman finished eleventh, but has to drop five places on the starting grid due to a change of gearbox and is now 15th after Sainz's penalty. Jenson Button was behind the Frenchman in the McLaren.

Team mate Fernando Alonso had again no luck He had to park the car in Q2 a few meters after the Saint Devote curve because the Honda engine went on strike. Force India driver Nico H├╝lkenberg and Felipe Massa landed in the Williams between the McLaren. Hulkenberg didn't get going and had to live 0.385 seconds behind team-mate Perez. In Q1, Monegasse by choice already touched the guardrail in Mirabeau.

At Williams, things are going even more modestly. Valtteri Bottas already retired in Q1. The Finn couldn't even beat Felipe Nasr's time in the Sauber. Only Marcus Ericsson and the two Manor pilots Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi were slower.


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