F1: Hamilton crashes out of qualifying as Button takes Monaco GP pole

PUBLISHED: 15:40 23 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 October 2009

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LEWIS Hamilton spectacularly crashed out of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix earlier today. The 24-year-old F1 world champion from Herts hit the tyre wall at the entrance to the famous Mirabeau hairpin during the first part of qualifying for tomorrow

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LEWIS Hamilton spectacularly crashed out of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix earlier today.

The 24-year-old F1 world champion from Herts hit the tyre wall at the entrance to the famous Mirabeau hairpin during the first part of qualifying for tomorrow's race.

He damaged the rear suspension of his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes after smashing into the barrier and couldn't continue.

It was a disastrous result for Hamilton after impressing so much during the three practice sessions for the grand prix.

A dramatic qualifying session was red flagged while the debris of Hamilton's car was cleared from the tight and twisty Monte Carlo street circuit.

Hamilton's time was only good enough to start 16th place on the grid.

Lewis won around the Principality last season but admits he has now blown his chances of back-to-back victories.

There was delight for runaway 2009 championship leader Jenson Button though.

The British Brawn GP racer claimed his fourth pole position of the season ahead of Ferrari's former world champion Kimi Raikkonen in second.


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