Monaco Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton looking to keep up dominant start to season by grabbing pole ahead of Red Bull title rival Max Verstappen… who topped final practice
- Lewis Hamilton holds a 14-point lead over Max Verstappen after four races
- The seven-time world champion has won three races out of the four so far
- And he will be desperate to maintain his momentum during Monaco qualifying
- Lewis Hamilton was victorious at the Portuguese Grand Prix last time out
- Latest Formula One news, including race schedule and results
Lewis Hamilton will be looking to maintain his early season momentum by landing pole ahead of Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.
But Hamilton – who holds a 14-point lead having won three of the first four races – is unlikely to have it all his own way after Ferrari topped a dry-weather second practice session on Thursday with an unexpected one-two.
And Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Hamilton’s biggest challenger this season, will be desperate to get one over his title rival during Saturday’s qualifying after finishing top of final practice.
Follow Sportsmail’s Jonathan Spencer for live Formula One qualifying coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix, including build-up, updates and result.
Verstappen finished first in final practice… just ahead of Ferrari duo Leclerc and Sainz.
Today’s qualifying should be very interesting indeed!
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There is perhaps only one active survivor with a foot in that era and he is sitting in the Monaco paddock, behind him the sun a blinding ray off the Med, high above him the Grimaldi Palace — Christian Horner.
Ask Horner’s best man, Ecclestone, who most reminds him of the outsized characters with whom he built the sport, the spry 90-year-old says: ‘Those sort of people maybe aren’t round so much these days. But Christian is closest to them, 100 per cent.’
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Schumacher will not take part in qualifying for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix after he crashed out of final practice.
The rookie, and son of seven-time world champion Michael, lost control of his Haas on the exit of Casino Square and slammed into the barriers in the closing minutes.
Schumacher, 22, sustained severe damage to the left-hand side of his car, and with qualifying starting in Monte Carlo at 2pm, Haas confirmed his car will not be repaired in time.
It means he will start Sunday’s race at the back of the grid. He was in tears as he was consoled by his team.
It hasn’t been the best of starts to the weekend for Hamilton.
After Ferrari topped a dry-weather second practice session on Thursday with an unexpected one-two, Hamilton’s title rival Max Verstappen finished first in final practice on Saturday ahead of qualifying.
Meanwhile, Hamilton found himself down in seventh…
It’s Monaco Grand Prix time… almost!
Welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of Monaco Grand Prix qualifying. The drama all gets underway at 2pm, so stick with us throughout as we bring you live updates.
There has already been plenty of excitement today in Monaco…
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