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GP Week : Issue 202
QUALIFYING conference, having again come out ahead of Sebastain Vettel (there was, of course a reason for it) and grabbed third on the grid: “I think all three of us don't seem to be too pleased with ourselves! I think we left a bit on the table. We fought the car pretty hard in qualifying and trying to find a bit more from it. I thought I was getting around itOKbut cominguptoTurn8I just lost the rear completely on exit and pretty much the lap was gone after that.” So Dan wasn’t affected by the yellows at Mirabeau? It seemed not. Vettel would start fourth: “Somewhere in Q1 we lost ERS, basically the electric power to discharge the car. In the end we ran a different mode, which was fine, but surely not as good as it should be. It was the first time it had failed this weekend, but these things happen. We tried lots of different modes, but at some point you have to just get your head down and get on with it.” Although not entirely happy with the Pirellis – believing they were too hard – Fernando only missed matching Vettel by a tenth and a half, as good as he and the team could expect. "Today's result encapsulates the state of play this weekend and it's more or less what we expected, but I don't think it went badly, because we managed to stay ahead of rivals who have been front runners so far, such as Williams and Force India and, most importantly, we are closer to the Red Bulls. We have made more changes than usual here, because we were suffering with understeer and we had some problems under braking and the car has improved a lot. Compared to what we expected, the tyres seem too hard and we are struggling a lot to get them up to temperature.” Kimi was next in the F1 Noah’s Ark, but then the surprises started: Vergne, Magnussen, Kvyat (first top ten) and Perez. As with the Red Bulls, two Toro Rossos in Q3 points to a reasonably strong chassis, while Magnussen was the only McLaren to progress from Q2 – though to be fair, Button was baulked on his final Q2 run and the lap was a write-off. Nico Hulkenberg was surprisingly not too disappointed at just missing Q3: "A place in Q3 was very close today – less than a tenth away – but I'm not feeling too disappointed because I was pretty happy with my lap in Q2. There was just a tiny bit missing because it's very hard to get a perfect lap in Monaco. The traffic management by the team was good and although I had some traffic in both Q1 and Q2, it was not at the crucial moments. Starting from P11 with an extra set of fresh tyres gives us a good chance of scoring points tomorrow ...” As usual, there was a lot going on in the tight confines of Monaco but, let’s face it, all anyone was talking about on Saturday night was Nico and Lewis and Turn 1 – especially after Lewis invoked his hero and (jokingly?) threatened to ‘do a Senna’ ... FORMULA 1TM GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2014 78 LAPS ROUND 6/19 << Last Race – Spain Two Weeks Ago 1 Next Race – Canada >> Two Weeks’ Time FORMULA 1TM GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2014 QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION 1 – Taking his 6th pole position to eclipse the career number of his father Keke, Nico Rosberg takes a 2nd consecutive pole in Monaco, and heads Mercedes’ 2nd consecutive front row lockout. He will look to be the 10th man to win from pole in the last 11 Monaco Grands Prix, while Lewis Hamilton is attempting to be the first winner from 2nd on the grid since David Coulthard won from there in 2002. The 0.059s pole gap is the smallest difference between in dry qualifying this year (Hamilton beat Vettel to pole by 0.055s in a wet Malaysia). 2 – Third placed Daniel Ricciardo outqualifies Sebastian Vettel for the 5th time in 6 races this season. This has so far been a curious repeat of Bahrain, when Rosberg took pole after Hamilton was quickest in FP3, with Ricciardo third fastest (before receiving a penalty). 3 – Fourth placed Sebastian Vettel has won 39 Grands Prix in his career, but 0 Grands Prix from outside the top-3 on the grid. Meanwhile, it’s business as usual for Fernando Alonso, who starts 5th for the 22nd time in 83 Ferrari starts, and Kimi Räikkönen has started 6th in exactly half of the races this year. 4 – Jean-Eric Vergne gave Toro Rosso their best-ever start in Monaco by qualifying 10th last year, and he’s improved upon that by 3 places this year. Kevin Magnussen is 8th – also the same as Bahrain – while Daniil Kvyat reached Q3 for the first time since the Australian GP. Magnussen is the only car preventing the first six rows from consisting of the same 5 – Jenson Button starts 12th in Monaco for the 2nd time in 3 years, while Pastor Maldonado advanced from Q1 for the first time in 2014, although he was still outqualified by Romain Grosjean, as at every other race this year. Felipe Massa starts a lowly 16th, but he finished 5th from that position in the 2004 Monaco GP. 6 – Sauber lost both cars in Q1 for the first time since the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix, although it should be noted that Kamui Kobayashi went onto to finish 8th in that race. Jules Bianchi was fully 0.596s clear of the rest of the Marussia/Caterham train. 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MONACO PARTNERS: