Kimi Raikkonen takes Monaco GP pole

May 27 2017 , 12:00 am

Kimi Raikkonen is on pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton took 14th at Formula 1’s biggest race.

The 37-year-old Finn is at the front of the grid for the first time in nine years – his last pole was the 2008 French Grand Prix.

Raikkonen edged out team-mate Sebastian Vettel by 0.043 seconds, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas 0.002secs further back.

Ferrari have not won a race at Monaco since 2001 with Micheal Schumacher.

Jenson Button will start from the back after qualifying ninth on his return to F1 because of a grid penalty.

Lewis Hamilton meanwhile could only manage 14th place with un-explained lack of pace, he will start 13th following Button’s grid penalty.

The Briton was struggling with a lack of grip, had to abort two laps after almost crashing, and then came across another crashed car on his final lap.

The Mercedes driver had been struggling since second practice on Thursday afternoon and, despite set-up changes for Saturday morning, he was still struggling going into qualifying.


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