Disappointment for Hartley in qualifying at Monaco

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Just when a top qualifying result was important, Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley could only post the 16th fastest time in qualifying for the 2018 Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Hartley could not make it past the first qualifying session while team mate Pierre Gasly made it through to the third qualifying session and will start from 10th on the grid.

“I’m really disappointed getting knocked out in Q1, especially after ending practice this morning in P7 and I was really happy with the car,” said Hartley. “We’ve been looking strong all weekend, but when it came to qualifying I wasn’t as happy with the car in terms of balance, so there’s a bit to be looked at there.

“It’s always a tough one around here, it can be a lottery with traffic and yellow flags, and in the last two attempts I had in Qualifying there was a lot of both, so it really wasn’t ideal – especially since it’s very difficult to pass around here.

“It will be tough tomorrow, but our car looks good so we’ll see what we can do!”

Team mate Pierre Gasly fared better breaking into Q3 and will start from 10th on the grid.

“I must say I felt good with the car today,” commented Gasly! “I think we made a good step compared to Thursday and to the last few races. We were only a tenth from P6 – which is great and not great – because of course it’s frustrating as you think you could have always found that extra tenth.

“I’m super happy to get to Q3 and it’s a good starting position, especially on this track. As we’ve seen in the past anything can happen around here! I think it will be super important to get a good start. I’m feeling more and more comfortable in the car, so I need to keep taking that experience and keep improving, Monaco is really particular and we had to setup the car in a different way – I think it was very positive.

“Every weekend we’re learning more and definitely this weekend it looks like everything is working quite well. We caught back up to the midfield and hopefully we can have a great race tomorrow and score some good points.”

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!


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