Lewis Hamilton ended a nine-year wait on Saturday to claim his maiden pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix with a scintillating display towards the end of qualifying.
Despite having 42 career pole positions to his name heading into the race weekend, Hamilton had not started from pole in the principality since he was racing in GP2 back in 2006.
However, he changed all of that on Saturday to claim his 43rd – and arguably his most important – career pole position for Mercedes ahead of teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg.
Rosberg heads into the race on Sunday with history against him, given that only one of the last eleven races in Monaco have been won from anywhere but pole position.
Should he manage to get the better of Hamilton and clinch the victory on Sunday, though, he would become just the fourth driver in the history of F1 to win three successive races in Monaco.
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FROM THE STEWARDS’ OFFICE
- Romain Grosjean has been hit with a five-place grid penalty after Lotus changed the gearbox on his car before it had completed six races.
- Carlos Sainz Jr will start the race from the pit lane after failing to complete a customary weight check during Q1 on Saturday. He had been due to line up eighth on the grid.
STARTING GRID FOR THE 2015 MONACO GRAND PRIX
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
5. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull
6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
7. Sergio Perez Force India
8. Pastor Maldonado Lotus
9. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso
10. Jenson Button McLaren
11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
12. Felipe Massa Williams
13. Fernando Alonso McLaren
14. Felipe Nasr Sauber
15. Romain Grosjean Lotus
16. Valtteri Bottas Williams
17. Marcus Ericsson Sauber
18. Will Stevens Manor
19. Roberto Merhi Manor
PL. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso