Hamilton’s charge halted by something in his eye (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton has been left frustrated after finishing today’s Monaco Grand Prix in second place, citing that something in his eye towards the end of the race scuppered his chances of catching race winner and teammate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton was fuming yesterday after missing out on pole position under controversial circumstances, and a good start from Rosberg meant that he trailed heading into the first round of pit stops. He vented his anger to the team over the radio after stopping, believing that he should have done so one lap earlier, but remained within two seconds of Rosberg.

However, with just over 20 laps to go, Hamilton’s pace dropped. The team asked him what the problem was, and he informed them that he couldn’t see much after getting some dirt or dust in his eye. Third placed Daniel Ricciardo was closing quickly, but Hamilton cried: “I don’t care about Ricciardo! I want to know the gap to Nico please.”

Ultimately, he finished just four-tenths of a second ahead of Ricciardo, and was clearly disappointed in the post-race interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Not only has the Briton’s winning streak come to an end, but he has also lost the lead of the drivers’ championship to his teammate.

Formula 1: Ricciardo on Monaco pole, Verstappen to start last

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has dominated all weekend long at the Monaco Grand Prix, leading every single practice session prior to qualifying.

And qualifying was more of the same for the Australian driver, whose quick lap in Q3 came in at 1:10.810, a new track record, to take the pole by more than two tenths of a second over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen endured a much more difficult day, which started with a hard crash in FP3.

Verstappen’s Red Bull RB14 suffered extensive damage to the right side, and even more damage was later found in the car’s gearbox. Such repairs ultimately proved too time consuming, and Verstappen will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from last.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton filled out the top three by qualifying third, with Ferrari and Mercedes also taking the fourth and fifth spots on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Valtteri Bottas in fifth.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. take up spots six, seven, and eight on the grid. Sergio Perez made it two Force Indias in Q3, qualifying ninth, while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly qualified tenth.

Full qualifying results are below. Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET.

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