Rosberg on pole in Monaco despite late error

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Nico Rosberg will start from pole ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix despite a dramatic last minute mistake from the German in qualifying.

Rosberg, fastest going into the final run of qualifying, secured the top spot with a best lap of 1:115.989 despite locking-up and running deep into the slip-road at Mirabeau on his last lap, the yellow flags caused by the German’s incident in-turn affecting Lewis Hamilton, who was forced to bail out of his own attempt to snatch pole.

Daniel Ricciardo once again out qualified his four-time world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel with third, although the German is thought to have been nursing an ERS issue going into Q3.

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will start fifth and sixth respectively in the two Ferraris, the Spaniard seven tenths up on his Finnish team-mate.

Jean-Eric Vergne, who topped Q1, will start seventh after an impressive qualifying for Toro Rosso.

The Frenchman’s team-mate Daniil Kvyat, who was extremely fortunate to avoid a big shunt in Q1, will start ninth on the grid on what is his Monaco debut.

Fellow rookie Kevin Magnussen and Force India’s Sergio Perez both progressed into he top 10 at the expense of their two team-mates, the McLaren man was eighth fastest, while the Mexican will start 10th.

Nico Hulkenberg could only muster 11th fastest in the second of the Force India’s while former Moanco Grand Prix winner Jenson Button will start just 12th for McLaren.

It was a disappointing session for Williams, with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa just 13th and 16th, the Brazilian having failed to set a time in Q2 after a clash at Mirabeau with Marcus Ericsson’s Caterham in the final minutes of the opening part of qualifying.

Sauber’s miserable start to the season continued, with both Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil eliminated in the opening part of qualifying in 17th and 18th.

Jules Bianchi was 19th, six tenths up on his team-mate Max Chilton, as Marussia triumphed in the inter-team at the back of the grid.

Kamui Kobayashi will start 21st, one spot ahead of the sister Caterham of Ericsson.

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

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