The Malta Independent 26 June 2019, Wednesday

Formula 1: Hamilton takes Monaco GP pole; another bad day for Ferrari

Associated Press Saturday, 25 May 2019, 16:47 Last update: about 28 days ago

Lewis Hamilton beat teammate Valtteri Bottas to take pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday, while Ferrari slipped down the grid after another error-strewn performance.

Hamilton shouted "Yes, yes, yes!" after his second pole of the season ended Bottas' bid for a fourth straight pole. Hamilton beat the Finnish driver's time on his last lap.

Max Verstappen qualified in third place for Red Bull, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

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The mood in the Ferrari camp is likely to be a despondent one in what is already a difficult season.

After Vettel's crash earlier Saturday in the third and final practice, the team made a glaring strategical error which resulted in teammate Charles Leclerc being eliminated from the first section of qualifying.

Leclerc starts his home race in a lowly 16th place.

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