Starting grid for the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix


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.

For a full report of qualifying, click here. Remember that you can watch the Monaco Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7am ET, before switching over to NBC at 7:30am ET. For more details, click here.


  • 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.


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

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

Time cards in qualifying

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III