The Malta Independent 22 September 2019, Sunday

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

Associated Press Saturday, 25 May 2019, 16:47 Last update: about 5 months 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.

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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