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Formula 1: Rosberg on Pole for Monaco Grand Prix 2013

Felipe Massa has a lucky escape after a high-speed accident in practice at Monaco Grand Prix 2013
Felipe Massa has a lucky escape after a high-speed accident in practice at Monaco Grand Prix 2013

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg will lead off the Formula 1 pack at the ever-popular Monaco Grand Prix in 2013, after the German held off the challenge of his British team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a scintillating qualifying session around the streets of Monte Carlo.

Rosberg will start the race in Pole Position on Sunday, with Hamilton sharing the front of the grid in P2.

Sebastian Vettel the holding Champ, and current leader in the Driver’s World Championship, put his Red Bull into third on the grid, some 0.2 of a second ahead of his teammate, Australian veteran driver, Mark Webber.

Kimi Raikkonen put on a strong showing once more, as the former champion put his Lotus machine into 5th place on the grid, the smallest of margins ahead of Ferrari’s Spanish ace, Fernando Alonso.

Alonso’s teammate Felipe Massa failed to set a qualifying time, after a huge off in practice. The Brazilian will race, though – at the steward’s discretion – Massa will start at the back of the grid.

Monaco Grand Prix 2013 Qualifying Times

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 01:24.62 01:16.14 01:13.88 31
2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 01:23.78 01:16.27 01:13.97 31
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 01:24.24 01:15.99 01:13.98 29
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 01:25.35 01:17.32 01:14.18 30
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 01:25.84 01:16.04 01:14.82 31
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 01:23.71 01:16.51 01:14.82 32
7 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 01:24.68 01:17.75 01:15.14 31
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 01:25.11 01:17.26 01:15.38 29
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 01:23.74 01:17.42 01:15.65 29
10 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 01:23.70 01:17.62 01:15.70 29
11 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 01:25.55 01:18.33 22
12 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 01:24.85 01:18.34 23
13 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 01:23.74 01:18.60 13
14 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 01:24.68 01:19.08 22
15 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 01:26.10 01:19.41 21
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 01:23.45 01:21.69 22
17 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 01:26.32 14
18 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 01:26.63 13
19 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 01:26.92 12
20 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 01:27.30 13
DNQ 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth No time 1
DNQ 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari No time 0
Q1 107% Time 01:29.29

 

Bianchi and Massa failed to set a qualifying time within the 107% requirement. Both race at stewards’ discretion. Massa takes five-place grid penalty for gearbox change.

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