RACE DEBRIEF

    It was an afternoon of high drama in Monaco as the top teams rolled the dice in qualifying, with some scooping the jackpot and others taking gambles that sadly didn’t pay off. Here are some notes of statistical significance…

    • After their one-two in Monaco qualifying Mercedes have a record-equalling 62nd front-row lockouts in Formula 1, equalling the McLaren, Williams and Ferrari teams
    • Not such a great day for Racing Point. P17 and P18 for Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll gave the team their first double Q1 elimination in Monaco since – in their Force India guise – 2008
    • Despite that, Perez is one of only three men to have out-qualified his team mate at every 2019 round to date, the others being George Russell at Williams and Max Verstappen at Red Bull
    • Verstappen's team mate Pierre Gasly - subject to a possible penalty for blocking Romain Grosjean - tied his career-best starting position, matching his fifth place on the grid in Bahrain last year
    • Verstappen gave Red Bull their first top-three start of 2019. The Dutchman has never previously started higher than fourth in Monaco
    2019 Monaco GP
    • In his Red Bull days Daniel Ricciardo acquired his reputation as a Monaco specialist. On Saturday with Renault he was seventh – his worst starting slot here since 2013, but equalling his best qualifying performance of the season for his new team.
    • Ricciardo’s former team mate Daniil Kvyat made his third consecutive Q3 appearance of 2019. The Russian Toro Rosso driver has never started lower than ninth in five Monaco starts
    • With Kvyat’s team mate Alex Albon also making the Q3 cut – a first for the Thai driver – both Toro Rossos were in the top 10 in Monaco for the fourth time in the last six years
    • Their engine partners Honda had more power units in the top 10 than any other supplier – four – the others being in the back of the two Red Bull cars
    • Kevin Magnussen’s sixth place marks his and the Haas team’s best-ever Monaco qualifying. On the flip side, team mate Grosjean – seemingly blocked by Gasly – failed to reach Q3 for the sixth time in his last seven Monaco outings