Hamilton delighted with “incredibly special” Monaco pole

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Defending Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton made no secret of his delight after securing his first pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix in qualifying on Saturday.

Hamilton entered the race weekend with 42 pole positions in F1 to his name, but had not started from first place on the grid in Monaco since he was racing in GP2 back in 2006.

However, the Briton produced a sparkling display to finish fastest in Saturday’s qualifying session by three-tenths of a second from Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

“It’s been a long, long time,” Hamilton said when asked about the wait to start from pole in Monaco. “I can’t express to you just how happy I am.

“It wasn’t the easiest session. I didn’t have the rhythm until the last two laps. I was really, really happy with it. Coming across the line, just hoping for once that you’ve got it.

“This is incredibly special for me and my guys who have worked so hard this weekend, so I’m very, very happy. At this track, it’s so hard. It’s difficult to express just how difficult this track is. Getting your head around it and improving, it’s important to get into a rhythm and it’s important to continue to improve.”

Ten of the last eleven Monaco Grands Prix have been won from pole position, but Hamilton is refusing to get complacent ahead of tomorrow’s race.

“Not even half the job is done, there’s so much to do tomorrow,” he said. “There’s a long, long way to go, many many laps here. It’s going to be mentally and physically challenging.

“I’m so happy today, nothing was able to get in my way today thank goodness. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I think 2006 in GP2 was the last time I started on pole here. Very special day, a big thank you to the team.”

F1 Countdown for the Monaco Grand Prix is live on NBCSN from 7am on Sunday, before switching over to NBC at 7:30am ET for the race.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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