Daniel Ricciardo took his first ever pole position with a sublime lap for Red Bull’s first pole position since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2013.
The Australian becomes the first man to take his first career F1 pole at Monaco since Michael Schumacher in 1994, beating Championship leader Nico Rosberg by just under two tenths of a second, with Rosberg’s Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in third.
Sebastian Vettel was fourth while Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg grabbed fifth to split the two Ferraris, as Raikkonen’s sixth will mean he starts from 11th following a grid penalty for a gearbox change.
Both Mercedes suffered with high fuel temperature in the final session, which saw Hamilton stop in the pit lane and Rosberg delayed in leaving the pits.
Once Hamilton did leave the pits, he cruised around for three laps before delivering his final attempt.
The Brit was faster by a tenth over the first two sectors, but could not match the Australian’s sublime final sector.
Ricciardo has the added bonus of a chance to start the race on supersoft tyres rather than the ultrasofts, courtesy of the fact he was able to get through the second session setting his fastest lap on what will be the better race tyre, should it remain dry.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Red Bull however, as Spanish Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen went from hero to zero by burying his Red Bull into the wall at the swimming pool chicane.
The Dutchman, who brought out a red flag, will start 21st tomorrow due to Felipe Nasr’s engine failure bringing out the first red flag of the session.
It was a good afternoon for Toro Rosso, who managed to get both drivers into the final session.
Following Raikkonen’s grid penalty, Carlos Sainz will start from sixth while Daniil Kvyat will line up eighth in an impressive session for Red Bull’s sister team.
For Williams however it was a disappointing day. Valtteri Bottas may have secured his best ever starting place in Monaco, but he still qualified only 11th – 3 places ahead of teammate Felipe Massa.