Mercedes' Nico Rosberg will start the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position, his second in a row at the Circuit de Monaco, after topping the qualifiers on Saturday. Rosberg's teammate Lewis Hamilton will share the front row with him as Mercedes clinched the first two positions yet again. Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel will start on the second grid.
Rosberg took the pole controversially when he made an error on his final run at Mirabeau, to bring out yellow flags. Hamilton was on a flying lap and set the personal best first sector time but failed to improve because of the incident and settled for P2.
The stewards cleared Rosberg of any wrongdoings after investigating the incident as they found no evidence of deliberate lock up from the German. Rosberg said he pushed a bit too much in the final run and locked the rear tyres. The German added that he apologised to Hamilton for hindering his final lap.
"I did a really great banker lap at the beginning in Q3 but Lewis was very close, so I gave it another try and pushed a bit more, unfortunately just a bit too much over the limit," Rosberg explained.
"I locked up the rears and then the fronts offline at the bumpy downhill part of the track before turn five but I just managed to get down the escape road. I have apologised to Lewis for having hindered the opportunity for him to improve his lap time."
Rosberg stressed it was fantastic to grab the pole once again in Monaco, and felt the team has done a great job over the weekend to make the car competitive in the high downforce circuit.
Hamilton, who is leading the drivers' championship, said he was on his best lap when the yellow flags came out and could have grabbed the pole.
"This is Monaco and there is always the risk of yellow flags here," the Brit pointed out. "Of course, I'm extremely disappointed that I didn't get to finish my lap as I was a couple of tenths up. That's motorsport. I have to get the best possible start and then see what we can do from there."
Red Bull's Ricciardo said he made a mistake in his final Q3 run, or he could have been further close to the front. However, the 24-year-old added that the Austrian outfit now has a genuine chance of challenging Mercedes and winning the Monaco GP.
"I think we have the pace to hang with Mercedes, so hopefully we can at least get one of them off the line and maybe do something with strategy and give ourselves a real chance of taking a win," Ricciardo said.
The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will start from fifth and sixth position, while Jean-Eric Vergne will start from seventh for Toro Rosso. Kevin Megnussen was the faster of the two McLarens, followed by Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat and Force India's Sergio Perez.
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Formula One: Monaco GP Live Streaming Information
Race starts: 2:00 pm local time, 5:30 pm IST, 12:00 pm GMT
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