While Valtteri Bottas was more competitive in final practice, Hamilton was still struggling and after a hard Q2 session his final attempt to progress was ended by Stoffel Vandoorne's crash at the exit of the Swimming Pool section. Drivers are often brushing the barriers anyway, and this year's wider cars make that an even more perilous possibility.
Monaco's low abrasion surface and this year's harder compound tyres meant a number of drivers struggled to get the most out of their vehicle in qualifying.
Lewis Hamilton has admitted he was left so devastated by his performance in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix he was unable to get out of his Mercedes. Renault's Jolyon Palmer finished 11th at Monaco ahead of the Force India drivers Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, who could not manage to secure any points finishing 12th and 13th respectively.
Kimi Raikkonen struggled to comprehend Ferrari's tactics during the Monaco Grand Prix but insisted he will not doubt his team's instructions. Mercedes suffered a big blow when 2016 victor Lewis Hamilton, who also won the Spanish GP earlier this month, finished with only the 14th best time after not being able to get any grip on his tyres.
Kimi was able to hold the second place till the end of the race but was an understandably unhappy about finishing second.
Should Raikkonen maintain his position, he would win his 21st race and his first since driving for Lotus during the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in 2013. I pushed everything I had because I knew there would be a chance to win. "For Lewis it will be important to see whether we are competitive or not, but at the moment there is such a solid basis that I can imagine it going on forever".
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"I would not use the word team player because that goes against the DNA of a racing driver, but I think he has realised, acknowledged and respects the whole effort that is happening in the team".
"The vehicle was really nice to drive".
"Tomorrow's race will clearly be a case of damage limitation for him and trying to maximise his points score".
By lap 47, Hamilton had moved to P7 after making his stop and switching into supersofts, the top ten comprised of Vettel, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Bottas, Verstappen, Sainz, Hamilton, Grosjean, Kvyat and Vandoorne.
Hamilton admitted he was at a loss over his lack of pace. Mercedes took him back into the garage for a tire change but he continued to struggle with the car's balance. But Hamilton was arguably too far behind to reach the top 10 shootout. "It's disappointing", Hamilton said afterwards.
Weirdly during the safety auto Marcus Ericsson's race ended at the first corner and as soon as the cars were released Stoffel Vandoorne crashed in the same place. He has placed in the top two in all five races, winning in Australia and Bahrain. I am happy for him.