MONACO GP - BETTING PREVIEW
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time in his career. He beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.342 seconds, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel third ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. Rosberg had clocked the quickest time in the first two parts of qualifying, only to be pipped by Hamilton in the third after overcoming earlier problems.
Dutch 17-year-old Max Verstappen qualified an impressive 10th for his first Monaco Grand Prix with Toro Rosso with his team mate Carlos Sainz eighth. Anyway, the Spanish rookie will start the GP from the pit lane after being penalized by race stewards for failing to stop for compulsory weighing.
Meanwhile, the problems continue for McLaren as Fernando Alonso's session was ended by what looked like a mechanical failure, and teammate Jenson Button just missed out on joining the top 10 in Q3 for the first time this season.
Nico Rosberg has won Monaco the last two seasons in a row, and will be desperate to make it a hat-trick this Sunday. Hamilton was defeated by Rosberg in the last race in Spain and heads into the Monaco GP 20 points clear of his team-mate in the drivers' championship, with Sebastian Vettel a further 11 behind.
Nine of the past 10 winners at the Monaco GP have been from pole, with the only exception being Hamilton when he won from third place in 2008 — the year he won his first title.
MONACO GP - STARTING GRID (TOP 10)
1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull - Renault
5. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) RedBull - Renault
6. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari
7. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes
8. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - Renault
9. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Mercedes
10. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso - Renault
MONACO GP - BEST ODDS
- Lewis Hamilton 8.00
- Nico Rosberg 5.00
- Sebastian Vettel 13.00
- Kimi Raikkonen 51.00
- Daniel Ricciardo 51.00
- Daniil Kvyat 151.00
- Max Verstappen 501.00
- Valtteri Bottas 751.00
- Pastor Maldonado 751
- Jenson Button 751.00
- Fernando Alonso 1001.00
MONACO GP - PREDICTIONS
- Hamilton @ 8.00
- Jenson Button to score points @ 2.00
- Hulkenberg not to finish the race @ 4.33
- Under 18.5 finishers @ 1.53
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