Vettel under pressure to win pole at Monaco GP

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Sunday could finally see Mercedes winning a race. Rosberg is looking for his third straight pole, while Hamilton started from pole three races ago in China.

But while Hamilton has managed two third places, Rosberg has not finished higher than fourth. Mercedes has not yet found the durability to go with its speed, despite both drivers doing more laps than others in practice.

“I can understand that people make out Mercedes as the favorite here,” Vettel said. “It will again be a question of the tires _ how long they last _ because a pit stop will put you way back and overtaking is practically impossible.”

Vettel is a big fan of Monaco, which blends danger with a picturesque setting featuring the glittering harbor, the resplendent casino and Prince Albert’s palatial residence looming imperiously over the track.

“In terms of excitement nothing beats the Casino part,” Vettel said. “You arrive in this left-right passage with quite some speed and you arrive there in seventh gear, flying blind.”

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