F1 2013 Monaco Grand Prix qualifying result: Hamilton second as Rosberg takes Monaco pole
PUBLISHED: 14:12 25 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:38 26 May 2013
FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton will start from an all Mercedes front row after Nico Rosberg claimed pole position in today’s qualifying session for the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix.
The 28-year-old F1 star from Hertfordshire will line-up second on the Monaco grid behind Mercedes teammate Rosberg. It is the Silver Arrows’ fourth successive pole position and second successive front-row lockout.
With the track drying after earlier rain, Hamilton clocked 1m 14.968s with his first hot lap of Q3 around the narrow street circuit.
That was eclipsed by Silver Arrows colleague Rosberg with a 1m 14.919s, which in turn was bettered by both Mark Webber and then Sebastian Vettel, the reigning F1 world champion clocking 1m 14.333s for Red Bull.
With more rain on the horizon, Hamilton slammed in a stunning lap to take provisional pole in Monte Carlo.
2013 Monaco Grand Prix qualifying result
Top 10 qualifying result from Circuit de Monaco
1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
3 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
4 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
6 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
7 Sergio Perez (McLaren)
8 Adrian Sutil (Force India)
9 Jenson Button (McLaren)
10 Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
However, Hamilton was again out-qualified by Rosberg, who went 0.091s faster with a time of 1m 13.876s for his third straight pole position.
Vettel took third place on the grid for Red Bull on a 1m 13.980s with Webber fourth in the qualifying results.
Kimi Raikkonen will start fifth for Lotus ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.
The McLarens of Sergio Perez and Jenson Button qualified seventh and ninth respectively, with Adrian Sutil in between them. Jean-Eric Vergne was 10th.
Rain mixed things up a bit in the Principality in Q2, with the street circuit very slippery in places and drivers initially going out on inters.
Rosberg went P1 with a 1m 22.119s as a dry line appeared and times started to tumble.
The two Mercedes drivers switched to the red-banded supersoft option tyres and at the end of Q2 Rosberg was third fastest and Hamilton fourth on the timesheets.
Rosberg clocked a lap of 1m 16.135s, with Hamilton on a 1m 16.255s, as Vettel went quickest for Red Bull ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus.
Monaco Grand Prix
* Race distance: 78 laps (260.520km/161.887 miles)
* Start time: 14:00 (local)/12:00 (GMT)
* Circuit length: 3.340km/2.075 miles
* 2012 winne: Mark Webber (Red Bull RB8) 78 laps in 1hr46m06.557s 147.312km/h)
* 2012 pole: Mark Webber (Red Bull RB8) 1m14.381s 161.654km/h)
* Lap record: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F2004) 1m14.439s (161.528km/h)
A rain shower had earlier made it a busy and hectic Q1. Hamilton was lying down in 17th place at one stage during the session, but went out late on as times started to tumble on an ever evolving track.
He temporarily went top of the timesheets by one second, but eventually finished P6 with a lap of 1m 23.779s, as Pastor Maldonado went quickest on a damp track in Q1. However, Maldonado later went out in Q2.
Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Rosberg was eighth fastest on a 1m 24.620s, just behind Sebastian Vettel, while Paul Di Resta was one of the surprise Q1 fallers.
Felipe Massa failed to make qualifying after a crash in third practice and the Ferrari driver will start from the back of the grid. The Brazilian was already facing a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
After also crashing in third and final practice this morning, Romain Grosjean’s Lotus was just fixed in time for the closing minutes of Q1 and he finished in fourth place on a 1m 23.738, while teammate Kimi Rakkonen was down in 15th.
Grosjean was then a casualty in Q2 and failed to make the top 10 shootout.
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