Nico Rosberg will start tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix on pole position after the stewards cleared him of purposefully parking his car during Qualifying.
The German took pole position when he went off track at Mirabeau, causing yellow flags which subsequently slowed Lewis Hamilton and prevented anyone from beating Rosberg’s fast first lap. The incident split opinions and some suggested that Rosberg, like Schumacher in 2006, had parked to secure pole. However, stewards finally announced that after reviewing video, telemetry and talking to Rosberg and Mercedes, they could find no evidence which would suggest that Rosberg purposefully went off track.
As a result of the decision, Rosberg keeps his pole position and will start from the front for the second consecutive time in Monte Carlo. He won last year’s Grand Prix from pole position.
Rosberg took victory in the season opening Australian Grand Prix when Hamilton retired from pole, but has failed to repeat the feat as Hamilton has taken victory in the last four races. Starting from pole in the tight, windy streets of Monaco would certainly give him the odds of ending Hamilton’s winning streak.
Stewards were also investigating a crash between Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Massa which occurred in the closing stages of Q1. They found Ericsson to be at fault and ordered him to start from the pitlane.
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