Formula One: Ricciardo secures maiden pole for Monaco GP

MONACO: Daniel Ricciardo secured his maiden pole position for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix with a stunning fastest lap for Red Bull in an incident-filled qualifying session.


The 26-year-old Australian, driving with supreme aplomb and great speed, mastered the unforgiving Monte Carlo street circuit with a best lap in one minute and 13.622 seconds.

This was enough to beat both Mercedes drivers comprehensively, championship leader German Nico Rosberg winding up second behind him by 0.291 seconds and defending three-time champion Briton Lewis Hamilton third, after suffering another engine problem.

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany was fourth for Ferrari ahead of compatriot Nico Hulkenberg of Force India and Finn Kimi Raikkonen, in the second Ferrari.