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Stats from Monaco Qualifying

By Mav | 26 May 2012 | 5 Comments | 3,387 views

Michael Schumacher on pole! Well it only lasted for a moment before the reality of the five-place grid penalty from the Spanish Grand Prix kicked in but still, even the most hardened Schumacher hater must have had a smile (if only because of the penalty!) Once again, Monaco served up a thrilling qualifying session: First the circuit once again bit back at Sergio Perez as he crashed out, then Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel had a nervous Q1 calling for the supersoft tyres early while Jenson Button struggled to a poor 13th place. Then Schumacher stole the limelight – although it’ll be Red Bull’s Mark Webber who will start from the coveted pole position slot on the grid.
Mercedes AMG Petronas
Qualifying Facts

  • Michael Schumacher was last on pole at the 2006 French Grand Prix.
  • Nico Rosberg’s best three sectors combined would have been good for a 1 minute 14.353 lap and ahead of Mark Webber, although the Australian’s own theoretical lap was just one thousandth of a second slower.
  • Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean are the only drivers to have made it through to every Q3 session this season.
  • Felipe Massa made it through to Q3 for the first time in 2012, with the best lap of Q2.
  • Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Pedro de la Rosa are the only drivers to have out-qualified their team mate at every event this year.

Q3 Summary
Qualifying Lap Times

1. Schumacher¹ Mercedes 1:14.301
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:14.381
3. Rosberg Mercedes 1:14.448
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.583
5. Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:14.639
6. Alonso Ferrari 1:14.948
7. Massa Ferrari 1:15.049
8. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:15.199
9. Maldonado² Williams-Renault 1:15.245
10. Vettel Red Bull-Renault No time
Q2 cut-off time: 1:15.322
11. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.421
12. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.508
13. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.536
14. Senna Williams-Renault 1:15.709
15. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.718
16. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:15.878
17. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.885
Q1 cut-off time: 1:20.697
18. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:16.538
19. Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:17.404
20. Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.947
21. De La Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:18.096
22. Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:18.476
23. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:19.310
24. Perez Sauber-Ferrari No time

107% time: 1:20.697
¹ Schumacher starts 6th after a five-place grid penalty for accident in Spanish Grand Prix
² Maldonado starts 19th after a ten-place grid penalty for incident in free practice, however Williams may change his gearbox with the five-place penalty dropping him back to 24th

Best Sector Times
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What are your predictions for the race? Who will win in Monte Carlo? Who should have done better in qualifying?

Photo: Mercedes AMG Petronas

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  • saltire

    You have to feel sorry for Sergio Perez, both Hulkenberg and Maldonado were penalised for incidents with him. Did the Maldonado incident cause damage to his steering?

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  • Kimster

    Raikkonen finished 11th and 8th? :)

    Mercedes were hurt twice by Schumi’s penalty. It sucks to be 2nd on the grid.

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  • Mav (author)


    Mind you, FOM had two Rosbergs in FP3. Have fun spotting all the other errors (and there was a lot of them): http://i.imgur.com/JPPZC.jpg

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  • Kimster

    I saw that at the time. I was laughing at that. Not sure who would have been most offended at the mistakes.

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  • str8y

    Nice Summary

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