After 11 consecutive pole positions for Mercedes, Daniel Ricciardo stole it from them at the Monaco GP. The engine upgrade allowed him to finish ahead of Rosberg and Hamilton.

The session didn’t start well for Felipe Nasr, since his Ferrari engine broke during his outlap. A red flag interrupted the session for a few minutes. After that, the Mercedes set the early pace, but Vettel set a faster lap after several attempts. The Red Bulls decided to go on track later on and Ricciardo was 4th. His teammate Max Verstappen set a slow time on his first lap and later on broke his suspension at the Swimming pool corner, crashing against the wall. That was his second mistake of the day, since he crashed in FP3 as well. The session was resumed with 6 minutes to go. Ericsson, Palmer, Haryando and Wehrlein were eliminated together with Verstappen and Nasr.

Hamilton started Q2 with an impressive time with left him 4 tenths ahead of Rosberg. Vettel and Ricciardo managed to get close on their 2nd attempt, while Rosberg was 1 hundredth faster. Bottas, Gutiérrez, Button, Massa, Grosjean and Magnussen were eliminated. Ricciardo set his fastest lap with the supersoft compound, so he will start the race on those while the rest of the drivers in the top 10 will use the ultrasoft.

Lewis Hamilton reported a loss of power before he left the pit lane, but they were able to fix it and he went back on track after everybody had made their first attempt. Ricciardo set a time 3 tenths ahead of Rosberg, with Vettel 9 tenths behind on 3rd. After 3 warm-up laps, Hamilton beat Ricciardo in the first 2 sectors, but his final lap time left him 3rd behind his teammate. The top 10 was completed by Vettel, Hülkenberg, Räikkönen (with a 5-grid-positions penalty due to a gearbox change), Sainz, Pérez, Kvyat and Alonso.