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Hamilton to start Monaco GP in pole position

Sunday, May 26, 2019

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MONTE CARLO, Monaco (CMC) — Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton will start in pole position in today's Monaco Grand Prix after pipping teammate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying.

Hamilton snatched pole position in his last lap to finish 0.086 seconds faster than Bottas, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen was third, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel's teammate Charles Leclerc was knocked out in the first session and will start in 15th position.

It was the 34-year-old Hamilton's 85th pole position of his career.

Hamilton, whose grandfather hails from Grenada, trailed Bottas for most of the day, but when it mattered he managed to pull a lap out of the bag, while Bottas failed to improve on his final run.

“I love it here. It's my home. This is the race every driver dreams of. We've arrived with a great car, a great battle with Valtteri. He has been quick all weekend. The desire and the will to get this pole, it means so much to me. I'm really grateful to my team, the lap was just beautiful,” Hamilton said.

“The lap was hard. All of us drivers take our car, fast or slow, to the limit. And when you're at the limit, it's like wrestling a bull. I had an oversteer moment in the Rascasse, and I just held on. I don't know what the gap is, but I'll take it — it's perfect.

“This is definitely one of the best poles I can remember. We have had lots of success over the years but I can't remember one that means as much as this one. It has been such a difficult week for the team. We have had a cloud over us all weekend and we have been trying to lift each other up,” the Briton added.


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