GP Monaco, prove sabato–24/05/2014
Monaco GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to pole despite error
Nico Rosberg claimed his second successive Monaco Grand Prix pole position despite going off on his final flying lap.
The German was the faster of the Mercedes duo on the first runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout, shading Lewis Hamilton by 59 thousandths of a second.
He then made a mistake on his final flier, locking up and sliding up the escape road at Mirabeau.
But as Hamilton, who was behind Rosberg on track, was slow in the middle sector of his final lap because of the resulting yellow flags, the Briton was unable to attempt to defeat Rosberg.
Daniel Ricciardo continued his strong weekend by beating Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel to third, with the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen claiming the third row.
Jean-Eric Vergne qualified seventh after winning his personal battle with Monaco GP debutant Kevin Magnussen.
The second Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat, impressed by surviving a crash in Q1 at the chicane that ripped off his front wing by making it to Q3 in ninth, ending up ahead of Sergio Perez.
Jenson Button, winner in Monaco in 2009, was the biggest-name casualty in Q2, ending up 12th behind Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.
Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was 13th, with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado behind him as the Lotus team continued to have a difficult weekend.
Felipe Massa ended up only 16th after being unable to participate in Q2.
The Williams driver let Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson through at Mirabeau in the closing stages of Q1, but the Swede had to correct a rear-end slide under braking for the right-hander and hit Massa, who was holding a wide line.
Both cars nosed into the barrier and neither was able to get back to the pits, although Massa did get his car going again but then ground to a halt.
The tangle will be investigated by the stewards after the session.
This incident meant that the battle to avoid elimination in Q1 was interrupted and there were few late changes, with Sauber pairing Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil ending up 17th and 18th.
Marussia pairing Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton filled the 10th row, with the Caterhams of Kamui Kobayashi and Ericsson at the back.
The stewards are also investigating several cases of impeding from Q1, one involving Perez and Gutierrez and the other involving Maldonado and Kvyat.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.989s 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.048s +0.059s 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m16.384s +0.395s 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m16.547s +0.558s 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m16.686s +0.697s 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m17.389s +1.400s 7. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m17.540s +1.551s 8. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m17.555s +1.566s 9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m18.090s +2.101s 10. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m18.327s +2.338s Q3 cut-off time: 1m17.755s ** 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m17.846s +1.492s 12. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m17.988s +1.634s 13. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m18.082s +1.728s 14. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m18.196s +1.842s 15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m18.356s +2.002s 16. Felipe Massa Williams-Renault Q2 cut-off time: 1m18.616s* 17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m18.741s +1.184s 18. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m18.745s +1.188s 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m19.332s +1.775s 20. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m19.928s +2.371s 21. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m20.133s +2.576s 22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m21.732s +4.175s 107 per cent time: 1m22.985s * Gap to fastest in Q1 ** Gap to fastest in Q2
Monaco GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Daniel Ricciardo in practice three
Lewis Hamilton established himself as favourite for his fifth Formula 1 pole position of 2014 by topping Saturday morning practice in Monaco.
The Briton lagged 0.130 seconds behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the first part of the session, when all drivers were lapping on the slower soft-compound Pirellis.
But Hamilton was the first of the pair to head out on super-soft rubber for his qualifying simulation, doing so with 10 minutes to go.
By then, Red Bull pairing Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel had already jumped to first and second place respective on their option tyre runs.
The Australian was four tenths faster than Vettel, although the latter had looked set to improve on a later lap before being held up by having to pass Felipe Massa’s Williams at Rascasse.
Hamilton then went fastest with five minutes to go, albeit just half a tenth faster than Ricciardo, and appeared likely to improve again before locking up and straightlining the chicane.
Rosberg, who was the last driver to head out on super-softs, left his best lap until late in the session.
He looked set to retake top spot on his penultimate lap, setting the fastest time of all in sector one and then a personal best in sector two, but a slow final sector meant he ended up third behind Ricciardo, 0.116s slower than Hamilton.
Vettel held on to fourth place ahead of Fernando Alonso, the latter lapping just two hundredths of a second quicker than Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Force India opted to sit out the first part of the session and was the last to hit the track, with Sergio Perez ending up a strong seventh fastest ahead of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.
Jean-Eric Vergne, who made visits to the run-off area at both Ste Devote and Mirabeau in the closing stages of the session, was ninth ahead of Toro Rosso team-mate and Monaco rookie Daniil Kvyat.
McLaren’s troubles continued, with Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button 11th and 12th, while Williams also disappointed with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa 13th and 14th.
Lotus struggled too, with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado 16th and 18th, sandwiching Jules Bianchi’s Marussia, which showed impressive pace that potentially gives him the chance to challenge for a Q2 position.
Marcus Ericsson was slowest after a difficult session during which he visited the Ste Devote escape road, having to reverse onto the track, and also survived a brush with the barrier.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.758s 27 2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m16.808s +0.050s 26 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m16.874s +0.116s 24 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m17.184s +0.426s 23 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m17.428s +0.670s 22 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m17.448s +0.690s 24 7. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m17.725s +0.967s 23 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m18.074s +1.316s 21 9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m18.136s +1.378s 19 10. Danil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m18.166s +1.408s 26 11. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.249s +1.491s 28 12. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.262s +1.504s 21 13. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m18.430s +1.672s 31 14. Felipe Massa Williams-Renault 1m18.542s +1.784s 30 15. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m18.598s +1.840s 24 16. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m18.776s +2.018s 26 17. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m18.872s +2.114s 23 18. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m19.118s +2.360s 28 19. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m19.149s +2.391s 28 20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m20.271s +3.513s 32 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m20.394s +3.636s 25 22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m20.589s +3.831s 30