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'Greedy' Vettel second on Monaco grid

28 May 2017

Kimi Raikkonen will lead an all-Ferrari front-row at the Monaco Grand Prix as he beat team-mate Sebastian Vettel during qualifying, with Lewis Hamilton failing to reach the final segment of the session.

In a surprising qualifying session Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton failed to make the top 10, only managing 14th fastest as he struggled throughout Q2 to get his auto up to pace. In the second session he had two attempts to get a quick lap, however on his final attempt, the vehicle ahead of him was Stoffel Vandoorne's who crashed into the wall and brought out the yellow flags, further compromising the Briton's run and eliminating him out of the session.

Hamilton said he hopes that team mate Valtteri Bottas - who will start third - will be able to take points off Ferrari, while he knows he'll have to take risks to contribute to Mercedes' constructors' championship hopes.

Despite that, Bottas was only two thousandths of a second away from pipping Sebastian Vettel to second place.

The other flying Finn in the field, Mercedes star Valtteri Bottas, will start from third.

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Hamilton endured two hairy moments where he nearly collided with the barriers, first at Massenet and then at Mirabeau, before he claimed something was not right with his Mercedes auto. I am happy for him.

The former three-time world champion said the team failed to find the right solution to his problems, following a bad decision on set-up made on Thursday. Trying to get the front and rear carcass temperature in the correct window at the same time without overheating the surface of the tyre is a fine balancing act, and Mercedes struggled more than most.

Jenson Button, back from retirement to replace two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who is racing in the Indianapolis 500, was ninth for McLaren ahead of his team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

Hamilton said it was baffling how one vehicle could have the tyres working and the other not, and hoped Bottas could win on Sunday to limit the damage on a track where overtaking is extremely hard. "I think that lap may have just got me into the top ten but I would have struggled to make it into the top five with the pace that I had".

But a 15-place grid drop for making a series of engine changes earlier in the day means he starts last.

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"It's bad for him and for McLaren".

I don't really know what to say at the moment. So far so good, I'm happy with the auto. "Bottas' auto, it was better, very close to second place".

Hamilton said: "That's pretty much the weekend done". Tomorrow I will just be driving around in whatever position.

Vettel managed to pick up speed, but Raikkonen stayed in the mix, and his decision to race on super-softs looked a shrewd one.

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'Greedy' Vettel second on Monaco grid