Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has claimed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix 2016, effortlessly beating Mercedes to the elusive spot. The challengers had previously displayed their pace in practice but the time of 1:13.622 was one that was beyond anyone's wildest imagination and gave Ricciardo his first career pole.
Ricciardo has put in some fine performances this season but has mostly come away empty- handed when it mattered, something that he has to put behind before the race. He had dominated the race in Spain but had to contend with his teammate Max Verstappen stealing the thunder.
He was at his best in qualifying, manoeuvring round the Swimming Pool chicane in sixth gear, something that does not come too easily to hardcore professionals. Verstappen found it the hard way as he crashed in Q1 and will now start the race from the pitlane so as to oversee any problems on the car, having had to change his chassis.
Nine of the last 11 racers who took pole in the Monaco GP went on to win the game and it will be another hard climb for Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton who had to pull up for fuel problems in Q3. Nico Rosberg also missed out on a chance to top the group with a similar problem but conceded that the pole this time around was never for him to win.
Where to watch live
Race starts at 12:30pm BST on 29 May with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live TV coverage. Live Radio coverage is available on BBC 5 Live.
Real-time Internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.
Top 10 results of qualifying session from the Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo:
|1||DANIEL RICCIARDO||RED BULL RACING||1:13.622|
|5||NICO HULKENBERG||FORCE INDIA||1:14.726|
|7||CARLOS SAINZ||TORO ROSSO||1:14.749|
|8||SERGIO PEREZ||FORCE INDIA||1:14.902|
|9||DANIIL KVYAT||TORO ROSSO||1:15.273|