Monaco: Second pole in a row for Webber
Mark Webber has started this weekend in Monaco as he finished the Spanish Grand Prix just 6 days ago. The only man to get into the 1:13's the Aussie lapped the famous circuit in a 1:13.826 for pole position. And Robert Kubica was on fire too, holding the top position until the final moments, he lines up on the front row for the first time since Canada 2008, the race that he went on to win for BMW Sauber.
Sebastian Vettel will start on the second row alongside Felipe Massa as the Brazilian looks for an improvement on his disappointing Spanish performance. Something that will be easier given that his teammate Alonso will be starting from the pit lane after a big shunt in final practice put him out of any running in qualifying.
So much for a shake-up in the order due to problems with traffic! As usual the new teams were eliminated in Q1, the midfield in Q2 with the usual suspects getting into Q3. Ironically the only time traffic seriously impacted anyone it was Jenson Button in Q3, when there are a maximum of just 10 cars on track at any one time. Felipe Massa was the culprit, slowing in the final sector to find a gap while Button was pushing on his first fast lap attempt.
The biggest letdown has to be the fact we were robbed of seeing Fernando Alonso take any part in the showdown. But that was his own fault having crashed heavily at Massenet (turn 3) during third practice. Ferrari now have a long afternoon's work preparing a brand new chassis, such was the extent of the damage.
Also I can't help but feel Nico Rosberg ultimately under-performed in the final session. Yes he's still ahead of the old man, but he had been comfortably fastest in Q2, and so much so that he was the only driver to stay in the garage while the others jostled to stay in contention for the top ten shootout. He didn't even improve on that Q2 time in Q3.
Robbie K! That man's on fire this season, and especially this weekend. I'd never in a month of Sundays have picked the Pole to be the one to split the Red Bulls. He really was immense. With performances such as these it's no surprise that the move to Ferrari rumours persist, and I'd go further than suggest Massa should be worried, Alonso should be worried too.
It was great to see Williams make a marked improvement with Barrichello in 9th and Hulkenberg not far off him in 11th. I hope the rookie German can capitalise on his position in tomorrow's race, he could do with a boost in confidence to kickstart his season.
Vitantonio Liuzzi out-qualified his teammate Sutil which has got to start to appease the frightful weekend he had in Spain. I feel he's really got to pull a result off to ensure he doesn't lose his seat to Force India's third driver Paul di Resta.
One last delight was to see Heikki Kovalainen spin twice in Q1, and yet manage not to make contact with anything! The Fin finished best of the new teams yet again today, he really does look a different man and driver now that he's rid of McLaren. I hope he can squeeze into the top ten somewhere this season for a point, he deserves it.
As ever the money day is tomorrow, they haven't won anything yet. With the Monte Carlo barriers so close it will be all too easy for a rookie to catch a wheel and cause an accident, as was demonstrated today by a two-time world champion. The margin between hero and zero around these streets is tiny, that is the magic of Monaco.
|1||M Webber||Red Bull||1:13.826|
|3||S Vettel||Red Bull||1:14.227|
|10||V Liuzzi||Force India||1:15.170|
|12||A Sutil||Force India||1:15.318|
|13||S Buemi||Toro Rosso||1:15.413|
|15||P De la Rosa||BMW Sauber||1:15.692|
|16||K Kobayashi||BMW Sauber||1:15.992|
|17||J Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||1:16.176|
|21||L Di Grassi||Virgin||1:17.864|
|NC||F Alonso||Ferrari||No Time|
|2||R Barrichello||Brawn||+7.6 sec|
|3||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+13.4 secs|
|4||F Massa||Ferrari||+15.1 secs|
|5||M Webber||Red Bull||+15.7 secs|
|6||N Rosberg||Williams||+ 33.5 secs|
|7||F Alonso||Renault||+ 37.8 secs|
|8||S Bourdais||Toro Rosso||+ 63.1 secs|
|9||G Fisichella||Force India||+65 secs|
|10||T Glock||Toyota||+ 1 lap|
|11||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+ 1 lap|
|12||L Hamilton||McLaren||+ 1 lap|
|13||J Trulli||Toyota||+ 1 lap|
|14||A Sutil||Force India||+ 1 lap|
|DNF||K Nakajima||Williams||+ 2 laps|
|DNF||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+27 lap|
|DNF||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+55 laps|
|DNF||S Vettel||Red Bull||+65 laps|
|DNF||N Piquet Jnr||Renault||+73 laps|
|DNF||S Buemi||Toro Rosso||+73 laps|
|2||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+3.0 secs|
|3||F Massa||Ferrari||+4.8 secs|
|4||M Webber||Red Bull||+19.2 secs|
|5||S Vettel||Toro Rosso||+24.6 secs|
|6||R Barrichello||Honda||+28.4 secs|
|7||K Nakajima||Williams||+30.1 secs|
|8||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+33.1 secs|
|9||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+33.7 secs|
|10||F Alonso||Renault||+1 Lap|
|11||J Button||Honda||+1 Lap|
|12||T Glock||Toyota||+1 Lap|
|13||J Trulli||Toyota||+1 Lap|
|14||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+4 Laps|
|DNF||A Sutil||Force India||+9 Laps|
|DNF||N Rosberg||Williams||+17 Laps|
|DNF||N Piquet Jnr||Renault||+29 Laps|
|DNF||G Fisichella||Force India||+40 Laps|
|DNF||D Coulthard||Red Bull||+69 Laps|
|DNF||S Bourdais||Toro Rosso||+69 Laps|