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Summary

  1. Hamilton takes pole, Rosberg 2nd, Vettel 3rd
  2. Ricciardo 4th, Kvyat 5th, Raikkonen 6th
  3. Bottas out in Q1, McLarens out in Q2
  4. Race live online & 5 live on Sunday at 13:00 BST

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Lewis Hamilton's trainers, providing the opportunity for a tenuous link to stylish driving...

It may be questionable off the circuit, but no-one can argue with Lewis Hamilton's style on it. The world champion was not without his problems in qualifying, but put it together when it counted. Can he carry that on again in tomorrow's race?

I'll point you in the direction of

Andrew Benson's qualifying report and watch out for highlights on BBC One at 17:10 BST.

Oh, and before I go, thanks for all your Eurovision Song Contest-F1 related song titles. There were some absolute belters. Don't forget you can watch

Eurovision itself on BBC One from 20:00 BST.

See you tomorrow!

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Mercedes

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Phil Slocombe: Lewis almost 4 tenths quicker than Nico and 8 tenths quicker than Seb, great lap which shows why he is a great champion.

Leigh Matthews: Did no-one else notice Lewis taking shots at Nico? "Nothing got in my way" repeated again and again!

Simon Woodward: Very intelligent session from Lewis, nice to hear him on the radio changing settings to get the most out of the car and go faster.

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Daniel Ricciardo pulled it out of the bag to qualify fourth but, even if Mercedes were not so dominant, history suggests his chances of victory from that position are slim at best. No-one has won from fourth in Monaco since Jean-Pierre Beltoise for BRM in 1972.

Fernando Alonso: Maybe an electrical problem stop us today for a sixth/seventh place. A lot to improve, but we start to be competitive... #LetsDoThis

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It is going to be tough but, with a bit of luck and some fine driving, Nico Rosberg could still join an elite group by winning tomorrow. Only three other drivers have won three or more Monaco GPs in a row.

More from Lewis Hamilton: "This is not even half the job done. There is so much to do tomorrow. It will be mentally and physically challenging. I am just sitting here and thinking about previous years and what got away or what was not good enough so I am looking forward to tomorrow. The last time I was on pole here was in 2006 in GP2, so it will be a very special day."

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Lewis Hamilton's pole lap is almost a second faster than Nico Rosberg's last year. It is also his 14th consecutive front row start, tying Sebastian Vettel for the longest streak by any current driver.

Sebastian Vettel
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Sebastian Vettel, who qualified third: "I am generally happy with the result but it was a bit too cool for most people and we were struggling with warming up the tyres. It is a shame the sun was hiding behind the clouds but overall it was a good session and our aim now is to have a good race tomorrow and try to split the Mercedes.

"I wasn't completely calm when I saw myself dropping down the order and the time ticking down but I knew roughly the time would be ok. But, yes, it was a little nervewracking. Tomorrow is another day."

What of Sebastian Vettel? He looks to be Ferrari's best chance of securing their first win in Monaco since 2001, and while he couldn't prevent Mercedes from locking out the front row, he has earned the team's highest start in Monaco since 2009 with third.

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Phil Slocombe: Lewis will need to keep a wary eye on Nico to ensure he does not shunt him in the first corner.

Tom Howells: Stonking lap by Lewis Hamilton just needs to not clip a manor and it's all his!

Adam Craig: Great pole for Lewis Hamilton, looks like it could be a close race tomorrow though.

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Nico Rosberg, who qualified second: "Didn't have a good weekend so far - I lost touch before the end. I knew Lewis was going quickly and it didn't work out - that's it.

"I didn't see [running behind Lewis] as too much of a problem. I could have improved - we changed the balance as I was suffering understeer, and I was confident it was going to come my way. But it didn't."

Nico Rosberg's body language is the polar opposite of Lewis Hamilton's as he sits with his shoulders on the table, a clenched fist pressed against pursed lips. A couple of lock-ups cost him the chance to truly challenge for a third successive pole in Monaco. Let's see what he had to say...

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Lewis Hamilton, who will start on pole: "It has been a long, long time. I can't express to you how happy I am. It was not the easiest session. There were a lot of things that throw you off your rhythm and I did not have that rhythm until the last couple of laps. I am very, very happy.

"This track is so hard. It is difficult to express how difficult it is. In our session we had some problem with tyres and traffic, it was not easy so it makes it even more special. We had some really bad laps, so it was great."

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Lewis Hamilton is absolutely beaming in the post-qualifying news conference and who can blame him? That's the 43rd pole position of his career, but as one that had eluded him up until today, this one will no doubt be extra special.

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Jeremiah Kariuki: Pole for Lewis thus breaking the possibility of Rosberg going for a hat-trick in Monaco.

Sean Harrison: Nico seems to have forgotten he needed to have provisional pole and be in front on the track before out-braking himself.

Shohidur Rahman: Rosberg not getting the edge over Hamilton at his best track is worrying for him.

Ben Edwards

BBC F1 commentator

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"The start up front is absolutely perfect for Lewis Hamilton on a circuit notoriously difficult to overtake on, a tough day ahead for Nico Rosberg."

Qualifying result

11) Romain Grosjean 12) Jenson Button 13) Nico Hulkenberg 14) Felipe Massa 15) Fernando Alonso 16) Felipe Nasr 17) Valtteri Bottas 18) Marcus Ericsson 19) Will Stevens 20) Roberto Merhi

TOP 10

1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Nico Rosberg 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Daniel Ricciardo 5) Daniil Kvyat 6) Kimi Raikkonen 7) Sergio Perez 8) Carlos Sainz 9) Pastor Maldonado 10) Max Verstappen

"Did I get it?" Lewis Hamilton asks over team radio. "Yes you did pal," comes the reply.

That's his first-ever pole in Monaco.

Chequered flag

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Mercedes

LEWIS HAMILTON SECURES POLE POSITION FOR THE MONACO GRAND PRIX.

And as Nico Rosberg relays that message, Lewis Hamilton goes faster! A 1:15.098 and it surely going to be a Mercedes qualifying one-two?

"Boxing this lap," says Nico Rosberg over team radio.

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No improvement from Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg or Sebastian Vettel in the first sector. Is Hamilton's earlier time going to be the one?

Mercedes: Final runs now; its crunch time! Who will get pole?!

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"This is the point when you know the circuit the best, the circuit is rubbered as it can be. but Lewis Hamilton's lap at the moment doesn't look like being THE lap for me. Spots of rain apparently, is that having an impact?"

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Here's the top 10 as things stand. Lewis Hamilton has taken that option to be the first of the two Mercedes to head back out for this final shootout for pole.

It is a mighty fine lap by Lewis Hamilton and he has the provisional pole after a 1:15.304. Nico Rosberg can't beat it, with a lap 0.136s slower than his Mercedes team-mate.

All 10 have clocked a timed lap and head back to the pits a we enter the final five minutes of qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton is off the mark with a 1:20.611 but he is quickly bumped down to P3 as Sergio Perez goes fastest with 1:17.912 and a 1:17.912 from Kimi Raikkonen puts him into P2. All to change soon though.

Final qualifying starts

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We're into the top 10 shootout and the battle for that crucial pole. Only once in the last decade has this race not been won from pole and with that news of a bit of rain, drivers are eager to get out.

Lewis Hamilton leads his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg out first, with the rest not far behind.

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Eddie Marlin: You could record Monaco GP, watch the 1st lap, fast forward to the last lap and you'll have the gist of it. It's an obsolete circuit.

Vicky Sanderson: Button may not be in the top ten, but McLaren are improving. Not sure how much of it is Monaco magic, but half the team are getting there.

Liam Hodgins: Button doesn't make it into Q3 but he's looking competitive. Could there be points tomorrow for McLaren & Jenson? I hope so!

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A cracking overhead picture of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes, sparks kicking up as he pushed a bit too hard on his last flying lap in Q2.

What does Q3 have in store for us?

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Jenson Button is gutted. "Oh that is painful! That would have been easy. Sorry guys," he says over team radio. There wasn't much in it, with the Briton missing out by one tenths of a second.

IN

1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Kimi Raikkonen 5) Daniil Kvyat 6) Max Verstappen 7) Daniel Ricciardo 8) Carlos Sainz 9) Pastor Maldonado 10) Sergio Perez

OUT

11) Romain Grosjean 12) Jenson Button 13) Nico Hulkenberg 14) Felipe Massa 15) Fernando Alonso

Chequered flag

Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"Nico Rosberg was well safe but pushing to try and find where he can unleash that last bit of performance and he made a mistake."

Yellow flag

Yellow flag and it is for Nico Rosberg. He takes a brief trip down the escape road at Ste Devote on his last lap of Q2.

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