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Sunday, 26 May 2019

Hamilton gets Monaco GP post with record lap

MONACO: Lewis Hamilton grabbed a sensational post position for Sunday's Monaco Great Prix with an untouched circuit record lap in the last seconds to outpace Mercedes partner Valtteri Bottas by 0.086 seconds.

The guarding five-time champion and arrangement pioneer checked an exceptional lap in 1min 10.166sec to end Bottas' kept running of three progressive posts as Mercedes, grieving the passing this seven day stretch of non-official director Niki Lauda, created a record-equalling 62nd first column lockout.

It was an enthusiastic Hamilton's second shaft in Monaco and the 84th of his profession as he delved somewhere down in the last seconds to discover the speed required to get the prime matrix position from his colleague.

"Whoooah!" yelled Hamilton on group radio. "That is the thing that I am talking about...." Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull in front of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, Pierre Gasly in the second Red Bull and Kevin Magnussen for Haas.

A year ago's race champ Daniel Ricciardo was seventh for Renault in front of Daniel Kvyat of Toro Rosso, Carlos Sainz of McLaren and Alex Albon in the second Toro Rosso.

"This is the race that each driver longs for, even as a child," said Hamilton. "We've landed with an extraordinary vehicle, an incredible fight with Valtteri and I think the longing and the will to get this post. I've needed to burrow further than at any other time.

"We as a whole take our vehicles, quick or moderate, as far as possible and here, at the farthest point, it resembles wrestling a bull. I had an oversteer minute in the Rascasse and I simply hung on."

Bottas stated: "I'm baffled. I felt after the main lap there were a lot of spots to improve, however I had traffic and couldn't get the tires up to temperature."

Unfortunate nearby legend Charles Leclerc qualified sixteenth after a vital jumble by Ferrari in the opening piece of qualifying.

After Vettel's accident in the first part of the day's without last practice session, Q1 started circumspectly in the hottest states of the end of the week, the track enlisting 44 degrees Celsius under a cloudy sun.

Mercedes, as they dreaded, found the conditions testing and expected longer to bring their tires alive, yet were soon first and third with Bottas and Hamilton sandwiching Verstappen.

Vettel then bobbed his left back wheel off the obstructions in the pool complex, requiring a fast pit-stop.

He developed with seconds staying on sparkling new 'softs' as Hamilton bested Bottas, yet confronted a urgent race to re-move from seventeenth — and surpassed desires by going quickest in a rushed finale.

Leclerc was left remaining in the Ferrari carport as he tumbled down the timesheets to complete sixteenth, the group not keeping him out after he missed a sign to the weighbridge.

He was pushed back to the scales, to dodge any punishment, however it was another case of Ferrari's operational and basic leadership failings.

"I need clarifications," said Leclerc. "The issue was not the weighbridge and I have had no genuine answers. It is hard to take as we had a lot of time and enough fuel... Presently, I should go out on a limb in the race."

Out with a steamed Leclerc, who was quickest in the first part of the day, went Sergio Perez, Spear Walk, George Russell and Robert Kubica.

Q2 then started with a rankling record lap from Bottas in 1:10.701.

Hamilton was one-tenth down for second with Verstappen third in front of Kvyat.

With four minutes staying, every one of the 15 returned for a last whirlwind where Verstappen bested Bottas in 1:10.618 — a record that recommended he may rehash Red Bull's prosperity, with Ricciardo, a year ago.

Out went Nico Hulkenberg, Lando Norris, Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen and his Alfa colleague Antonio Giovinazzi, all quarreling about the traffic and obstructing before the best ten shootout.

On his previously run, Bottas set out a marker in a record 1:10.252 to lead the path in front of Verstappen as Hamilton battled for a spotless lap, however such changed on his last run.

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