Daniel Ricciardo claims the pole position of the Grand Prix de Monaco
Daniel Ricciardo took the first pole position of his career during the qualifying session of the 74th Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco. The Red Bull’s driver signed the fastest time in 1’13’’622, failing to beat the track’s record held by Kimi Räikkönen since 2006 for one tenth.
« Monaco is definitely a special place, said smiling the Australian. I knew coming into the week-end we would have a shot at it. It looked good from Thursday. I came into this week-end with a lot of confidence and I am very happy to have fulfilled that. »
The natif of Perth ends in the Principality the impressive eleven consecutive pole positions series achieved by Mercedes since the 2015 Japonese Grand Prix. The German team still managed to place one of its car on the front row of the grid, Nico Rosberg taking the second best time of the day.
Touched by a fuel pressure failure on his silver arrow before going out in Q3, Lewis Hamilton limited the damages by taking the third time, three tenths behind the poleman Ricciardo. « It was a difficult qualifying, recognized the three times world champion. I don’t really know what to say at the moment. The good thing is that I did get out to do a lap at least. »