Return of the king Michael
It is so incalculable throughout the session as no one will have expected the old face to pick up the hotspot. Michael Schumacher has let the critics’ face look dull at the end of Q3 when he finally got the first pole since 2006 and what a way to celebrate it in the most alluring of circumstances.
However, he can’t start from the front row as he incurred penalty for colliding with Bruno Senna in Spain. Michael has to punch it from sixth on the grid. Webber has been buttoned up in Q1 and Q2 but incredibly he does hide his pace a little to pounce on his final run.
It is the Australian’s 10 pole and his second ever in Monaco. When he had the pole in 2010 he went on to win it. Hatrick of poles for Redbull racing but not the way Sebastian Vettel will have wanted.
Vettel has surprised by having run with super softs very early in Q2. As like in Spain, he hasn’t set time in the pole decider. Nico Rosberg saved the day for Mercedes as he starts eventually in the first row. Having got a man eliminated from Q2, Mclaren relied so much on Lewis Hamilton who looks to push from the second row of the grid.
Grosjean has had solid runs in every practice and pretty disappointing to see him alongside Hamilton at fourth. Despite finishing sixth, Alonso enjoys a spot up in the expense of Michael like the other four drivers aforementioned. Nevertheless, Michael will have his sight set by the side of Alonso at P6.
Ferrari must be pleased with Massa’s entrance into Q3 and it seemed like his driving style aptly suits the streets putting him in a well-deserved P7. Kimi has changed his steering rack to suit his flow but he stayed well out of pole contention dropping eight tenths off the pacemaker.
If it hadn’t for the ten place grid drop(for collision with Perez on FP3), Maldonado would’ve started ahead of Vettel. But now he slips down towards the back standing side by side with the Marussia of Timo Glock. That put Nico Hulkenberg into the last spot of points at P10 ahead of Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber.
Jean Eric Vergne has had a little trip to the wall at the exit of the tunnel but without serious damage – clipping his front nose – making him stay with P16 behind his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Sergio Perez will start from the very back as he dragged on to the wall at Swimming Pool after reporting steering issue on his radio which has brought Q1 red-flagged for five minutes.
After taking the win in Australia, it hasn’t been a spongy ride for Button who languishes at P12 on the grid ahead of Bruno Senna and Paul Di Resta. .Chrles Pic beat Karthikeyan for 21st and so does Glock on De La Rosa at P20. Heikki must be more than pleased with starting in front of Maldonado at P17.
Can Webber sprint away from pole to victory or will be it another gamble from Pirelli? Michael can surprise all by matching Ayrton’s undisputed record at Monaco.
The rundown towards St. Devote is crucial as it may make or break the hopes, but it doesn’t necessarily predict the race line-up and it will be decided at the decisive lap I reckon. Rain is more likely and could arrive soon in the coastal region. It is going to be another cracker of a sunday for all of us!!!
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