But heading into Qualifying, it would seem that Mercedes are looking like the team to beat heading into the session that look set to gain Pole Position ahead of the race on Sunday. But Williams or Toro Rosso may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions.
Let the battle for Pole Position begin…
In Q1, Rosberg tops the timesheets with a time of 1.16.528, Hamilton was second, Verstappen was third, Kvyat was fourth and Sainz Jr was fifth. Ricciardo, Perez, Button, Vettel and Hulkenberg managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q1, we lose Nasr, Bottas, Ericsson, Stevens and Merhi.
During Q1, Hulkenberg hit the wall at Mirabeau corner. Luckily he and the car was okay and he made it back to the pits. Also, Sainz Jr was being investigated by the stewards after failing to stop at the weighbridge.
In Q2, Rosberg tops the timesheets with a time of 1.15.471, Vettel is second, Hamilton is third, Raikkonen is fourth and Kvyat is in fifth place behind Rosberg. vettel, Ricciardo, Sainz Jr, Maldonado and Perez finish the top 10 as we head into the final session of Qualifying. At the end of Q2, we lose Grosjean, Button, Hulkenberg, Massa and Alonso.
During Q2 while on the track, Alonso suffered a mechanical failure on his McLaren-Honda MP4-30 and had no choice but to end his session early.
The battle for pole position is on….
In Q3, Hamilton tops the timesheet and gets pole with a lap time of 1.15.098 to claim his first Pole Position at the Monaco GP. Rosberg was second fastest with a gap of 0.342 seconds behind Rosberg and Vettel was a credible third fastest with a gap of 0.751 seconds behind Hamilton.
Ricciardo was a credible fourth fastest with a gap of 0.943 seconds behind and Kvyat was an impeessive fifth fastest with a gap of 1.084 seconds behind Hamilton. Raikkonen was sixth fastest with a gap of 1.329 seconds behind, Perez was seventh fastest with a gap of 1.710 seconds behind, Sainz Jr was eighth fastest with a gap of 1.833 seconds behind, Maldonado was ninth fastest with a gap of 1.848 seconds behind and Verstappen was tenth fastest with a gap of 1.859 seconds behind Hamilton.
It would seem that Mercedes genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend despite their form in Qualifying. Both of the Mercedes drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this and have been consistent and fast throughout every session so far this weekend.
You cannot discount Ricciardo,Kvyat, Vettel or even Raikkonen even to be challenging also for the race win and could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes that could see gaining some points on their rivals to leapfrog in the Constructors Championship.
Maldonado, Verstappen and Sainz Jr could also have a decent race tomorrow and pick up some much needed points for their respective teams. Will it rain tomorrow? I do not know. Who will win the Grand Prix tomorrow? I really don’t know Who will win the championship after this race?
Let’s see what happens tomorrow on the Monaco circuit on race day tomorrow…