Brit had a nightmare in Monte Carlo as Mercedes struggle to find why he was so far off the pace
LEWIS HAMILTON was left so “devastated” by his poor performance in qualifying for the Monaco GP that he could not even climb out of the cockpit.
The Brit qualified way down in 14th but will be bumped up to at least 13th place on the grid due to Jenson Button’s 15-place penalty.
Hamilton could not hide his disappointment at his worst qualifying performance since the 2013 Italian GP as his Mercedes flipped about like a fish on dry land.
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He almost crashed into the barriers TWICE before Stoffel Vandoorne’s smash brought out the yellow flags and ended Hamilton’s misery.
He said: “I was devastated after the session. To the point that I could not get out of the car.
“I’m deflated. That’s pretty much the weekend done. I will just be driving around in whatever position during the race.
“I will try to get into the top 10 but it will be a nice Sunday drive I imagine.
“I’d have struggled to be in the top five had I qualified for Q3. We need to get to the bottom of what is wrong with the car.”
Hamilton and Mercedes’ failure to pin-point the problem will raise more questions, as they struggled to understand why Hamilton was so off the pace.
The situation is even more concerning given the set-up on Valtteri Bottas’ car was identical to Hamilton’s.
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Mercedes’ head of motorsport, Toto Wolff added: “It just seems to be a bit of a diva to get it into the right window.”
While Hamilton struggled, Kimi Raikkonen took pole for the first time in NINE YEARS — his last came at the French GP in 2008.
The Finn, who rarely gets excited, took the news of his pole in familiar style.
His race engineer broke him the good news screaming ‘it’s pole, Kimk. It’s pole!’, to which Raikkonen replied ‘ah good….thanks guys’.
Raikkonen’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel made it a Ferrari 1-2 while Bottas was third.
Jenson Button did a remarkable job to qualifying in ninth place on his one-off return to F1.
However, he will start last owing to a grid penalty for taking some new power unit components.
He said: “It was great to have the chance to race in Monaco, even though I’ve left the sport.
“I now have so many memories of this, driving the quickest McLaren that ever been around this track.
“I’ve loved it, working with my engineer. I really enjoyed it. I knew today was going to be the fun day, and I had fun.”