Slideshow: Hamilton third fastest in qualifying for Monaco GP
PUBLISHED: 17:14 24 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009
LEWIS Hamilton will start Sunday s Monaco Grand Prix from the second row. The 23-year-old from Herts was only third fastest in qualifying around the twisty Monte Carlo circuit this lunchtime. Hamilton and fellow Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kov
LEWIS Hamilton will start Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix from the second row.
The 23-year-old from Herts was only third fastest in qualifying around the twisty Monte Carlo circuit this lunchtime.
Hamilton and fellow Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen will both start behind an all-Ferrari front row of pole-sitter Felipe Massa and reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen.
In Saturday's exciting qualifying, Lewis was third fastest with a time of 1 minute 15.839 seconds.
That was only 52-thousandths of a second behind the pole position time of Massa.
"Obviously I would have preferred to be on pole, but I am pleased with how the car felt and our strategy," said Hamilton.
With overtaking extremely difficult around the tight streets of Monte Carlo, Hamilton is praying his strategy and the weather forecast of rain for tomorrow's race plays into his hands.
"The team did a solid job, and I didn't have any problems with traffic," said the Tewin race hero.
"My two flying laps in the final part of qualifying were good, but I lost a bit of time in the second sector, because I lacked a bit of traction accelerating out of turn eight, and in the third sector, at the last corners, I did not brake as late as I should.
"But we have a good strategy, and I am quite confident for the race.
"Tomorrow anything can happen, particularly with the weather forecast promising rain."
Team boss Ron Dennis still feels McLaren can add to their long list of victories in Monaco.
"Of course, we would have preferred to be on pole," he said.
"However, in the race we should be looking good with our strategy, consistency and pace."
Dennis added: "With a good start, and if we can stay out longer, even from the second row it is possible to win here."
Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying Times
1 Felipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari) 1m15.787
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Scuderia Ferrari) 1m15.815
3 Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) 1m15.839
4 Heikki Kovalainen (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) 1m16.165
5 Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) 1m16.171
6 Nico Rosberg (Williams F1) 1m16.548
7 Fernando Alonso (Renault) 1m16.852
8 Jarno Trulli (Toyota) 1m17.203
9 Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) 1m17.343
10 David Coulthard (Red Bull Racing)
11 Timo Glock (Toyota) 1m15.907
12 Jenson Button (Honda Racing) 1m16.101
13 Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) 1m16.455
14 Kazuki Nakagima (Williams F1) 1m16.479
15 Rubens Barrichello (Honda Racing) 1m16.537
16 Sebastien Bourdais (Toro Rosso) 1m16.806
17 Nelson Piquet Jr (Renault) 1m16.933
18 Sebastien Vettel (Toro Rosso) 1m16.955
19 Adrian Sutil (Force India) 1m17.225
20 Giancarlo Fisichella (Force India) 1m17.823
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