Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas lead the world championship having won every grand prix between them this term and will now test their mettle in the principality – and you can watch it all live on Sky Sports F1, via the app and on NowTV.
- gboultonMay 26, 20191:36 pm
Who will be stood on the podium by the end of the race?
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HAMILTON is not expecting a straight forward race, despite his pole position.
He said: “You know, this race – as you've seen in the previous years – lots of things get thrown at you so we've just got to stay on our toes.
“But I honestly feel that were the best prepared, we've had a really solid weekend of preparation. We've had good years of experience too but that doesn't mean that there are unknowns ahead but we'll face it together.”
- gboultonMay 26, 20191:06 pm
All the drivers on the grid show their respects with red 'NIKI' caps ahead of the race.
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Let's look back at that stunning lap from Hamilton.
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LEWIS HAMILTON starts on pole after clinching an emotional pole position in Monaco.
This track is notoriously tough to overtake on meaning the Brit has best chances of winning the race and extending his lead in the championship.
Hamilton said: “This is a race that every driver dreams of since being a kid. It does not matter how many times you come here, it is still a dream and you put everything into it that you have got.
“We have arrived with a great car and a great battle with Valtteri. He has been quick all weekend.
“The desire to get this pole means so much to me. I had to dig deeper than ever and I am so glad to get it.
“The lap was beautiful. I feel amazing. We have to take whatever car we have to the limit and when you reach that point, it is like wresting a bull. It is out of control all the time.”
Mercedes have a strong chance to make it a record six consecutive one-two finishes in a row as Valtteri Bottas starts second on the grid, ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.
Meanwhile their rivals, Ferrari, had a shocking time in qualifying as Charles Leclerc was eliminated in Q1 after a risky decision was made by the Italian team not to do another run.
Sebastian Vettel was lurking in 17th but on the final lap went fastest to knock his teammate out, meaning Leclerc will start 16th.
Leclerc said: “I asked whether they were sure, they told me, we think we are. I said we should go out again, but there was no real answer.
“I have not had any explanations yet in detail but it is very difficult to take.
“We had plenty of time. The weighbridge was not the problem, we had the fuel and the tyres. I need some explanations.”
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