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Daniel Ricciardo storms to dominant pole position at Monaco Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo storms to dominant pole position at Monaco Grand Prix

Hamilton lost three points to Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers' Championship race, as the German finished in P2 in Monaco. "Two years in the making, this, so I finally feel like the redemption has arrived".

"We set a statement on Thursday, we've been quickest every session". When asked whether the wider, higher downforce F1 cars are to blame for the lack of action, he said: "No, I think it's just Monaco".

Last year's polesitter Raikkonen was fourth while Valtteri Bottas was a subdued fifth.

Ricciardo's Dutch team mate Max Verstappen, who started last after crashing in Saturday's final practice, stayed out of trouble and stood out for the right reasons with impressive overtakes to finish ninth.

The introduction of the new hypersoft compound meant tyre management was critical for the lead group in Monaco, but with track position crucial and overtaking opportunities scarce at the street circuit, all five frontrunners stuck to a one-stop strategy.

Ricciardo's pole was his second in three years in the principality, the second of his career and also Red Bull's second of the V6 turbo hybrid era that started in 2014. It is frustrating with such a fast auto not to have two cars on the front row.

"This place bites hard if you abuse it. Max is a very fast driver, we know that, and this weekend he has a great auto. I'm looking forward to the following races, hopefully they'll be more fun".

Webber has rebuffed Vettel's claims that he would welcome Hamilton
Webber has rebuffed Vettel’s claims that he would welcome Hamilton

Hamilton leads Vettel by 17 points after five rounds of the 21-race championship, and the Briton will have been boosted at least by his car's performance after a disappointing showing in Monaco a year ago.

"I gave it everything I could".

At the end of the race, Hamilton opened up his radio channel to say: "Thank God that's over, that was the most boring race I've ever participated in".

"We had problems. We had a lot to deal with during the race".

Red Bull has made it clear it wants to retain Ricciardo alongside Max Verstappen, but Rosberg believes the six-time grand prix victor should replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari.

French driver Esteban Ocon took his Force India to sixth place, ahead of compatriot Pierre Gasly in a Toro Rosso and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg.

Alonso joins fellow F1 champion Lewis Hamilton in openly criticising Sunday's race in Monte Carlo.