Monaco Grand Prix 2015 live: Max Verstappen escapes injury after serious crash as Lewis Hamilton loses lead to Nico Rosberg

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Latest news and talking points:

  • Lewis Hamilton starts from pole for the first time in Monaco after beating Nico Rosberg in qualifying.
  • Rosberg starts second having made a mistake on his final qualifying run.
  • Sebastian Vettel starts third in the Ferrari ahead of Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat.
  • Wiliams pair Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas endure a torrid Saturday and will start 13th and 17th respectively.
  • McLaren’s Jenson Button starts 11th with team-mate Fernando Alonso in 14th.
  • Hamilton leads Rosberg in the championship by 20 points.

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Starting grid:

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 15.098secs

2 Nico Rosberg(Ger) Mercedes GP 1:15.440

3 Sebastian Vettel(Ger) Ferrari 1:15.849

4 Daniel Ricciardo(Aus) Red Bull 1:16.041

5 Daniil Kvyat(Rus) Red Bull 1:16.182

6 Kimi Raikkonen(Fin) Ferrari 1:16.427

7 Sergio Perez(Mex) Force India 1:16.808

8 Carlos Sainz(Spa) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:16.931

9 Pastor Maldonado(Ven) Lotus F1 Team 1:16.946

10 Max Verstappen(Ned) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:16.957

11 Romain Grosjean(Fra) Lotus F1 Team 1:17.007

12 Jenson Button(Gbr) McLaren 1:17.093

13 Nico Hulkenberg(Ger) Force India 1:17.193

14 Felipe Massa(Bra) Williams 1:17.278

15 Fernando Alonso(Spa) McLaren 1:26.632

16 Felipe Nasr(Bra) Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.101

17 Valtteri Bottas(Fin) Williams 1:18.434

18 Marcus Ericsson(Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.513

19 Will Stevens(Gbr) Manor Marussia F1 1:20.655

20 Roberto Merhi(Spa) Manor Marussia F1 1:20.904

Note: Romain Grosjean has a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, so will start the race from 16th.

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