Ricciardo romps to Monaco pole, crash woe for Verstappen

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 May 2018 09:03:02



DANIEL Ricciardo took pole position for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix with another sensational record-breaking performance for Red Bull in a dramatic qualifying on Saturday.
But his team’s hopes of an all-Red Bull front row were wrecked as team-mate Max Verstappen failed to take part in the session after a big crash in final practice.

His car, needing a new gearbox, could not be repaired in time and he will start from the back of the grid. It was Ricciardo’s second pole position and a repeat of his 2016 feat when he topped the times, but was unable to win the race due to a bungled late pit stop. “That’s 50 per cent done,” said the big-smiling Australian. “Let’s finish this job tomorrow. I am pumped for this one.”

Ricciardo wound up 0.229 seconds clear Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and four-tenths clear of championship leader and defending four-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
Kimi Raikkonen qualified fourth in the second Ferrari ahed of fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes and Esteban Ocon of Force India. Two-time champion and former Monaco winner Fernando Alonso was seventh for McLaren ahead of Carlos Sainz of Renault, Sergio Perez in the second Force India and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso.

“We set a statement on Thursday, we’ve been quickest in every session and we’ve just got the race tomorrow and then we’ll celebrate,” said Ricciardo.
“I’ve done everything I can so far so let’s finish this job.” “Congratulations to Daniel,” said Hamilton.
“They had the pace all weekend, as we knew they would. I gave it all I could. I improved a little, but I just couldn’t hang on to it.”