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Schumacher fastest in Monaco qualifying

Michael Schumacher may have been the fastest man in Monaco on Saturday afternoon, but was left to rue his part in Bruno Senna's Barcelona DNF....

Michael Schumacher made a few critics eat their words by claiming the fastest time in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, but will not start the race from pole position due to his penalty from Barcelona.

The German waited until after the chequered flag to post the best time of Q3, a 1min14.301secs effort that eclipsed Mark Webber's provisional pole time by 0.08secs, in a session that was split into three distinct phases, with fast times coming thick and fast at the start, and then again at the end after a lull when it appeared that no-one could improve.

Schumacher's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg set the ball rolling, swapping times with a rejuvenated Romain Grosjean before annexing top spot in 1min 14.572secs. There then followed a fallow period where the likes of Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso all came up short.

Just as it appeared that Rosberg would be claiming his second career pole in an anti-climactic end to the session, Webber popped up to knock the German off top spot. Lewis Hamilton also appeared to be on course for pole, only to lose time and come in third, which became fourth on the timesheets when Schumacher posted his late late time.

The top end of the field will undergo something of a reshuffle before the race on Sunday, not only with Schumacher taking his five-place punishment for colliding with Bruno Senna in Spain, but also Pastor Maldonado's ten-place penalty for colliding with Sergio Perez in FP3, which drops the Venezuelan to 19th.

Full report and times to follow....

Related Pictures

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24.05.2012- Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
24.05.2012- Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8
24.05.2012- Free Practice 1, Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C36
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber C36
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H

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Manxie - Unregistered

May 26, 2012 2:25 PM

didn't like DC's comments after MS pole. This guy can NOT stay neutral and simply compliment MS on his pole. Anyway, maybe I would be just as jealous as DC if i only had 13 wins and nothing else for over a decade in the sport of F1, sitting in a WDC winning car for some years. Anyway, Merc do look good. NR good again for another win if something happens to MW

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