Rosberg Takes Pole From Hamilton

Nico Rosberg will start the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position after narrowly edging out team-mate and Championship leader Lewis Hamilton. Both men set banker laps in the opening minutes of Q3 but as Rosberg began his second flying lap, he locked-up and took to the escape road at Mirabeau, prompting yellow flags. As Hamilton was behind him on track, he was forced to slow down and abandon his lap, giving pole to Rosberg. Although there have been suspicious circumstances regarding pole position in the past, Schumacher in 2006 for example, Rosberg seems to have been the victim of a lucky mistake.

Mistake or not, it will nonetheless cause tension between the two Mercedes men as Hamilton could not put in a second attempt for pole. Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull and admitted that he made a mistake in turn 8 which cost him the chance to challenge for the front row, while Vettel finished fourth in the other Red Bull. The Ferrari duo locked out the third row of the grid, Alonso fifth and Raikkonen sixth, but they look no closer to challenging the top four drivers. Jean-Eric Vergne and Marcus Ericsson filled out the fourth row on the grid while Daniil Kvyat and Sergio Perez filled out the top ten.

Nico Hulkenberg finished eleventh for Force India, narrowly missing out on Q3, but being the first man who has a free choice of tyres for tomorrow’s Grand Prix. Jenson Button bizarrely slowed in the final sector of his last flying lap and continued to cruise down the start/finish straight, leaving him down the order in twelfth. Valtteri Bottas finished 13th for Williams while Felipe Massa was taken out by a sliding Marcus Ericsson into Mirabeau at the end of Q1 and failed to run in the second session, causing him to start sixteenth. The Lotus drivers finished fourteenth and fifteenth.

Esteban Gutierrez was the first man to drop out of Qualifying, going seventeenth for Sauber, while Adrian Sutil qualified eighteenth in the sister car. Jules Bianchi was put under investigation for impeding during the opening session and could lose his nineteenth, but provisionally qualified ahead of Max Chilton. The Caterham duo were twenty-first and twenty-second, with Ericsson qualifying last after the aforementioned crash with Massa.

Daniil Kvyat also made contact with the barriers when he got out of shape coming out of the tunnel and spun across the chicane, in an almost exact copy of Sergio Perez’s 2012 shunt. Luckily for the Russian, who went on to qualify ninth, he kept out of the TecPro barriers and managed to return to the pitlane. Maldonado also got out of shape but wonderfully controlled the car and stayed on track.

As there are several investigations underway, primarily for impeding other drivers, the provisional results could be completely changed.

Provisional Qualifying results:

  1. Nico Rosberg
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Daniel Ricciardo
  4. Sebastian Vettel
  5. Fernando Alonso
  6. Kimi Raikkonen
  7. Jean-Eric Vergne
  8. Kevin Magnussen
  9. Daniil Kvyat
  10. Sergio Perez
  11. Nico Hulkenberg
  12. Jenson Button
  13. Valtteri Bottas
  14. Romain Grosjean
  15. Pastor Maldonado
  16. Felipe Massa
  17. Esteban Gutierrez
  18. Adrian Sutil
  19. Jules Bianchi
  20. Max Chilton
  21. Kamui Kobayashi
  22. Marcus Ericsson

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG F1 Team.


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One response to “Rosberg Takes Pole From Hamilton

  1. Clarke

    Looks like an interesting race in Monaco tomorrow. It’s Rosberg on the pole followed by Hamilton. Then it’s Riccairdo followed by Vettel. Then it’s Alonso followed by Räikkönen. So all the top dogs are near the front. What makes it even more interesting is that the spread of qualifying times between Hamilton and Räikkönen is less than a second. Perhaps Mercedes will have lost their speed advantage for the rest of the season.

    Because Monaco is a technical track and not a fast track Mercedes will not be able to take advantage of their superior speed. A small mistake can make the difference between a podium and being an also ran in this race. I’ll be up bright and early for this one. Seeing as I am in Canada.

    We’ll see how things shape up in Montreal in two weeks.

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