Schumi like in old good times !!!Michael Schumacher was fastest in Monaco Grand Prix qualifying, but Mark Webber will start from pole position due to the German's five-place grid penalty for crashing into Bruno Senna at Catalunya.
Schumacher snatched pole from Mark Webber at the end of a close session in Monte Carlo. A close Q3 saw Rosberg on provisional pole early on, with Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton also looking quick. It was on the second runs that Webber took provisional pole, being pipped by Schumacher at the end while Hamilton could only go fourth.
A slightly disappointed Grosjean was fifth just ahead of Fernando Alonso. Kimi Raikkonen in the second Lotus menaged just eight fastest time. Sebastian Vettel opted not to run in the final session, and though he ended up tenth he will start one place further up as Pastor Maldonado takes a ten-place grid penalty for hitting Sergio Perez in final practice.
The big surprise today was Jenson Button's failure to progress in Q3, and was only 13th quickest after struggling to improve on his final lap, while both Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen scraped in to the top ten. Jean-Eric Vergne also hit the wall on his flying lap, losing the rear under braking for the Nouvelle Chicane and damaging his right rear suspension as well as losing his front wing. Felipe Massa came very close to a big accident when he came across the Toro Rosso at speed in the swimming pool section, having to duck inside Vergne to avoid contact.
After the Maldonado incident in final practice it was Perez himself who was the victim of Q1 as he crashed out and caused a red flag. Perez appeared to have a problem with his front left tyre as he took the fast first section of the swimming pool and understeered wide in to the barrier. He'll start 24th behind the Caterhams, Marussias and HRTs, though Heikki Kovalainen came within 0.050s of making it through in to Q2.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:14.301 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:14.381 + 0.080 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:14.448 + 0.147 4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.583 + 0.282 5. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:14.639 + 0.338 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.948 + 0.647 7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.049 + 0.748 8. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:15.199 + 0.898 9. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:15.245 + 0.944 10. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault no time Q2 Fastest time: Felipe Masa 1:14.911 Gap 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.421 + 0.510 12. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.508 + 0.597 13. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.536 + 0.625 14. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:15.709 + 0.798 15. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.718 + 0.807 16. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:15.878 + 0.967 17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.885 + 1.974 Q1 Fastest time: Nico Hulkenberg 1:15.418 Gap 18. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:16.538 + 1.120 19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:17.404 + 1.986 20. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.947 + 2.529 21. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:18.096 + 2.678 22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:18.476 + 3.058 23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:19.310 + 3.892 24. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari no time