The legendary F1 Monaco Grand Prix is off to a scintillating start, with a qualifying round that was not short of dramatic moments as expected.
For the first time in his F1 career, Red Bull driver, Daniel Ricciardo stormed into pole position for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix leaving behind both Mercedes’ drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton who are in second and third place respectively.
This is also Red Bull’s first pole position since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2013. However, its other driver, Max Verstappen, will have to do with back of the grid position after crashing out in the first qualifying round.
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Ricciardo clocked a sensational 1:13.622 time, during the third qualifying round beating Rosberg by two tenths of a second, who clocked 1:13.791 and Hamilton by about a tenth, who clocked 1:13.942.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is in fourth place while Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg is at fifth.
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Kimi Raikonnen of Ferrari is at 6th, Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso is at 7th, Sergio Perez of Force India is at 8th, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso is at 9th and rounding the top ten is Mclaren’s Fernando Alonzo.
Team Mercedes was helpless to stop Ricciardo, as its cars were handicapped by technical problems, particularly related to fuel-pressure, Formula 1 reports.
Ricciardo earned admiration from F1 analyst and drivers for his qualifying performance, which was described as “A stonking lap,” “Dynamite,” and “blindingly fast,” according to Sky Sports.
Though Ricciardo’s superb qualifying performance was credited to his fantastic driving skills, analysts also cited Red Bull’s upgraded Renault engine, which seems to make their cars perfect for the conditions of the Monaco Grand Prix.
“No disrespect to Red Bull, but I think that’s Ricciardo’s pole position. He’s been on it all weekend,” said Sky F1’s Martin Brundle.
Sunday’s F1 Monaco Grand Prix is promising to be another great race and how Ricciardo will translate his pole position into a victory lap, remains to be seen.