Daniel Ricciardo claims career-first pole in Monaco

Daniel Ricciardo has claimed the first pole position of his career ahead of the Mercedes drivers of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in an eventful Monaco qualifying session.

In a near-perfect performance in the final qualifying session, Ricciardo showed just how far talent can take you around the street circuit, however his chances during the race are looking even brighter after an ingenious move in the second qualifying session saw him set his fastest time on the Supersoft tyres when his competitors were running on Ultrasofts. 

The move means he should be able to run slightly longer in the first stint of the race and gives him a buffer to those around him on strategy. 

Hamilton had another eventful qualifying session for all of the wrong reasons when he lost power in the pitlane at the start of Q3, and although he eventually managed to take the track his momentum had evaporated and was battling his rhythm to claim P3.

Nico Rosberg will at least be pleased to have bested his teammate by slotting in behind Ricciardo after brushing the barrier ever so slightly without incident earlier in the session.

Not so lucky was Red Bull youngster Max Verstappen who tagged the barriers on a number of occasions, eventually breaking his suspension and in an instant the unforgiving Monaco barriers became all too real. 

With rain expected during the race anything could still happen, but for the first time this year a Mercedes is not the fastest car around the track.