Hamil­ton on sec­ond row but re­mains hope­ful

Stabroek News Sunday - - BUSINESS PAGE -

– Cham­pi­onship leader Lewis Hamil­ton will start from sec­ond row of the grid for to­day’s Monaco Grand Prix, after Red Bull’s Daniel Ric­cia­rdo set a new track record to clinch pole in fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing.

The Brit was four-tenths of a sec­ond slower than Ric­cia­rdo which was only good enough for third as Fer­rari neme­sis Se­bas­tian Vet­tel took a share of front tow.

Hamil­ton will start along­side the other Fer­rari of Kimi Raikko­nen, mak­ing for a highly an­tic­i­pated con­test at the Cir­cuit de Monaco.

With a 17-point lead over Vet­tel head­ing into the race, Hamil­ton said his ma­jor fo­cus was fin­ish­ing ahead of the Ger­man.

“That’s what I’m go­ing for to­mor­row,” said Hamil­ton, the four-time For­mula One world cham­pion.

“Some­how, some­way, I’m go­ing to try to switch places with them. Noth­ing’s im­pos­si­ble at this track but ev­ery­thing’s im­pos­si­ble too.”

If his­tory is on Hamil­ton’s side, then he may have lit­tle to worry about as both of his pre­vi­ous wins in Monacao have come from third place starts.

But hav­ing tipped the Red Bulls to dom­i­nate this week­end, Hamil­ton also con­ceded that it would prove dif­fi­cult to catch Ric­cia­rdo.

“Like I said, we knew what was go­ing to hap­pen this week­end. So… it still doesn’t feel great but it’s just one race,” lamented Hamil­ton, whose pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents hail from Gre­nada.

“It’s a long race to­mor­row. I gave it ev­ery­thing I could and you can’t al­ways get it per­fect. The good thing is the car is in one piece and I can live to fight another day.”

The 33-year-old Hamil­ton sits on top of the driv­ers stand­ings on 95 points and ar­rived in Monaco on hat­trick of wins after win­ning in Azer­bai­jan and Barcelona.

MONTE CARLO, CMC

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