Both Mercedes drivers will start from the first line to today’s Monaco Grand Prix. German team is unbelievable this season and they don’t have any competition. Lewis Hamilton finished qualifying with the best time, 1:10,166, and Valtteri Bottas was a 0.086 second slower. Max Verstappen had a worse time about another 0.4 second.
Ferrari disappointed its driver again and for another time it war Charles Leclerc. 21-year old wished to had a good race in his homeland, but the team didn’t let him out of the garage for the end of Q1 and his time 1:12,149 wasn’t enough to advance further. This way he will start this hard-to-overtake race on 15th position and only because Antonio Giovinazzi received a penalty of displacement by three places. Except for that, nothing unpredictable happened in Q1.
In Q2 both Alfa Romeo cars have been eliminated, as well as Romain Grosjean from Haas, Lando Norris from McLaren and Nico Hülkenberg from Renault. Toro Rosso drivers drove surprisingly well and both of them advanced to Q3.
Q3 was the masterpiece of Mercedes drivers, who had a fratricidal battle between each other for pole position and others could only watch. Verstappen found himself on third position and Vetell had a lap time about 0.4 second worse. Gasly disappointed again, as despite finishing fifth he received a penalty for blocking Hülkenberg and will start the race from eighth place. Magnussen jumped into his position and it will be his best starting place this season, as the previously best was sixth in Bahrain. From Gasly’s penalty took advantage as well: Ricciardo and Kviat. Sainz Jr and Albon will start behind them.
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