Hamilton storms to first Monaco GP pole position

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Lewis Hamilton bounced back from a difficult run in the second stage of qualifying to secure his first pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday with a scintillating final lap in Q3.

The defending Formula 1 world champion managed to edge out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by three-tenths of a second at the end of qualifying as the German team once again locked out the front row of the grid.

Thanks to falling temperatures, Ferrari was unable to put up much of a fight to Mercedes for pole position, allowing Hamilton to storm to the top of the timesheets with a best lap of 1:15.098.

Qualifying kicked off with most of the drivers heading out on the prime soft compound tire for their first Q1 runs. Hamilton set the early pace for Mercedes, only for Rosberg to hit back and edge out his teammate by six-hundredths of a second for P1. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were nine-tenths adrift of the mercedes duo, but had done enough to secure a place in Q2 without running again.

Despite establishing itself as the third-fastest team in 2015, Williams failed to get both of its cars through to Q2 as Valtteri Bottas finished 17th in the standings, splitting the Sauber duo of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson who qualified 16th and 18th respectively. Once again, Will Stevens out-qualified Roberto Merhi in the battle at Manor as both posted a time good enough to line up on the grid tomorrow.

With a set of tires already saved, Mercedes and Ferrari moved onto the super-softs at the start of Q2 to ensure that its drivers advanced through to the pole position shoot-out. Vettel put his fresh tires to good use to top the timesheets for Ferrari with his first flying lap, but Rosberg once again responded by going three-quarters of a second faster.

Hamilton’s lap was less impressive, slotting into third place with a time that was identical to Vettel’s, and he lamented a poor run when speaking to his engineer. The Briton went out for a second run, but still could not get close to Rosberg’s time, giving the German the advantage heading into Q3.

McLaren’s hopes of reaching Q3 after a strong showing in practice were soon dashed when Jenson Button was left P12 after being forced to bail on his flying lap due to yellow flags, whilst teammate Fernando Alonso suffered an engine issue that left him P15. Romain Grosjean missed out on Q3 for the second race in a row, qualifying 11th, whilst Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa completed the dropzone in P13 and P14 respectively.

With rain hanging in the air at the start of Q3, all of the drivers in the top ten moved quickly to get out on track and post a lap time in case of a later downpour. After taking two laps to warm up their tires, the Mercedes drivers began their fight for pole, with Hamilton drawing first blood by going 0.136 seconds quicker than Rosberg in the opening salvo.

The rain continued to linger but failed to affect track conditions, giving Hamilton and Rosberg a chance for a second run to try and improve their times. With fresh tires fitted, Hamilton was the first to get out on track, opting once again to take two laps to warm up ahead of a final flying lap.

In spite of the falling temperatures, Hamilton managed to produce a superb lap to improve his time and leave Rosberg with a mountain to climb. However, after poor first sector and a lock-up at turn one, Rosberg failed to improve his time, leaving him second on the grid and handing pole position to his teammate.

Sebastian Vettel also failed to improve on his final lap time, leaving him third on the grid ahead of ex-Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who will line up fourth on the grid tomorrow. Daniil Kvyat followed his teammate in fifth place, whilst Kimi Raikkonen’s tough weekend continued as he limped to sixth overall in Q3.

Despite not running again in the latter stages of the session, Sergio Perez qualified an excellent seventh for Force India, whilst Pastor Maldonado enjoyed his best qualifying of the season to finish ninth between the Toro Rosso drivers of Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen.

In the fight for supremacy at Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton has claimed an important victory with pole in Monaco. Given that this Nico Rosberg’s favorite circuit and that ten of the past eleven races have been won from pole position, the omens are certainly good for the defending world champion.

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Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

RESULTS: Click here for full 450 Overall Results; Click here for 250 Overall Results

Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

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Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

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The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

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RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

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The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s