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Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying Live Updates

We're live as teams battle it out for pole at the prestigious Monaco GP!
Updated: 27 May 2017 18:33 IST - Published: 27 May 2017 17:31 IST
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Sebastian Vettel will be in P2 for the Monaco GP! It's his first pole in 128 races - quite the stat for someone of Kimi's caliber! 
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KIMI RAIKKONEN TAKES POLE POSITION FOR THE MONACO GP! 
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Vettel faster than Raikkonen on Sector 1, but Vettel qualifies in SECOND! 
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Vettel down in P4 and looking to move up to front row - ideally for Ferrari. Right now it's Bottas, though.
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KIMI, KIMI! He goes 1:12.178 - even faster than his own previous time! With only 40 seconds to go he'll be lock-in for pole we think. 
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Kimi Raikkonen of the 2000s is back. Cometh the hour.....cometh the iceman (??) We've gone and done quite the mashup of titles there - but he's really killing it. And we've got 3:45 to go in qualifying with Kimi strong and then some! 
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Yellow flags in sectors 1 and 2 - but Vettel just escapes them and he could yet go fastest in this session! 
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Verstappen goes P2 0.840 behind Kimi and Ricciardo up on him now. Raikkonen has quite the lead.
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Sainz sets first pace here. Vandoorne won't run this session post that crash but he's still top 10. Button not out yet, with Bottas setting an early lap. 

Raikkonen comes out and sets another FLIER of a lap only a few hundredths slower than his Q2 record.
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Good for Toro Rosso today as well - Sainz is in top 10, with Kvyat JUST missing out in P11. It's Sainz' first time in the top 10. 
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Valtteri Bottas sets off to start Q3. He'll be the only Mercedes in the session!
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McLaren's troubles continue. Although both cars qualify into Q3, Vandoorne has a last minute shunt and won't finish the session - while Button has a fifteen-place grid penalty. 
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A bunch of grid penalties ahead of HAM but he still won't be in the Top 10 here.
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WHAT?? Lewis Hamilton misses out on Q3 - he qualifies in FOURTEENTH spot after a Stoffel Vandoorne shunt into the barriers. 
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"Something's wrong with the car," says Hamilton. He's clipped the kerb a couple of times - and his teammate Bottas is trumped by Verstappen who goes third fastest.
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Last 3 minutes for Lewis Hamilton to set a lap. Vettel improves on his own laptime - but he's still in P2 here behind that smasher of a session from Kimi! 
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Everyone on ultrasofts. Hulkenberg(REN), Sainz (TOR), Magnussen, Hamilton and Massa all in the drop zone with 3:20 to go.
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Kimi goes 1:12.231 here. It's the fastest ever laptime of this weekend so far.  He's already smashed the all-time qualifying record at this circuit -  1:13.5, set by his own teammate Sebastian Vettel! 
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Max Verstappen is one determined driver here and with Red Bull's a-spec back in action, he's only 0.008s behind Raikkonen. Eight thousandths. 
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HAM in P14 - and they've wheeled him back into the garage. Well well well, what's happening here? 
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"No grip whatsoever," says Hamilton, and he's complaining to his race engineer. He's in now.
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Both McLarens in Q2 and doing really well - but let's remind you that Button has 15 grid penalties for an engine change. We imagine even Alonso is frustrated now, and he's in the US of A driving in Indy.
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Hoo boy quite a bit of oversteer for Hamilton there but quick reflexes and HOW! He goes up on his time. Vettel sets a time now, 0.105 behind Raikkonen. Ferraris both doing well here, HAM in P8 and BOT in P9. Surprising. Drivers having not the easiest time with Mirabeau here.
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Bottas goes top on ultrasofts.

Kimi then goes faster than him. 

8.9 seconds faster. 

Not 0.89. 8.9.
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Verstappen, Ricciardo and Massa all on out laps right now . Just a quick reminder - Ricciardo's only career pole position so far came at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix, but a last-minute tyre issue saw him lose victory from the brink. 
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Q2 now underway. Mercedes are surprisingly the underdogs here. Ferrari have looked brilliant this year - but who'd have thought Ferrari would be this dominating?
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Oh no! Bad news for Force India after an immense amount of work to get Ocon out. He just misses out to his fellow Frenchman, Haas' Romain Grosjean 
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"Car is broken" says Marcus Ericsson. "Ok stop then." say Sauber. He's done for this session. Palmer of Renault improves his lap time but out in Q1 as is routine for the Briton.
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Grosjean, Stroll, Palmer, Wehrlein and Ericsson all in the drop zone. Everyone on ultrasofts! 
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VER VET RAI now. Ferrari back in the fight here with 2:29 to go in Q1.
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Brief yellow flag as Romain Grosjean spins out in his Haas. Narrowly avoids spinning into the barrier and some brilliant swerving from Carlos Sainz to avoid. 
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Lewis Hamilton: "Rear's overheating". He's 9th fastest so far with just under 8 minutes in Q1. He'll likely improve - and even P9 should be okay to see him through to Q2, but it's not a great time really.
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Waaaaait...what? Red Bull's Ricciardo and Verstappen go P1 and P2 respectively  - RIC with 1:13.219, +0.059 for VER and Vettel +0.070. 

But another FLIER from Kimi. He goes top - and Verstappen takes a BRILLIANT middle sector to fight back. The margins are tiny and everyone's in for a fight. Red Bull. Ferrari. Mercedes. Force India. Absolutely everyone. 
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Mercedes going quickly as well - but just not enough at the moment! Grid position is very very important here in Monaco with some narrow straights and blind turns. Overtaking is not really du jour here, and so qualifying is more crucial than ever.
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Force India's Esteban Ocon not having the best time here - they're still working on his car and he only has 12 and a half minutes left! 
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And Vettel does another brilliant lap with a strong middle sector, to go fastest! 
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Hamilton goes third quickest early in Q1 - but Pascal Wehrlein goes even quicker! 
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Kimi sets a laptime - and so does Vettel! For a change it's Kimi who's ahead at 1:14.296, Vettel 0.070s behind. 
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Q1 is underway and Kimi Raikkonen is out on track! 
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were P1 and P2 in third practice today respectively. Looks like quite the contest here. Red Bull too have appeared to recover from their problems last race and are finishing well. 
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