Formula 1 2014: Monaco Qualifying Results

Nico Rosberg Monaco

As most people who follow Formula 1 racing with any regularity will tell you, Formula 1 is usually 80% car, 20% driver. Usually, but not always. In places like the tight and twisty street circuit at Monaco, the balance shifts – if only slightly. Monaco is a track known for tremendous upsets and star-making drives, and it was also the place where Nico Rosberg scored his second win in an under-performing 2013 Mercedes. This year, however, the Mercedes-AMG Hybrid underneath Nico is the dominant car, and he looked utterly untouchable on a rocket drive to pole position this morning.

Sure, people will say that the late yellow in Q3 – brought on by Rosberg himself – played a part, but Lewis Hamilton, despite tough talk, didn’t seem to have his head in the game this weekend after he overslept and missed some practice rounds. We’ll see if the sleepy ’08 World Champion can get it together to bring the fight to his teammate tomorrow. Until then, you can see how the rest of the field lined up after the lights went out on Monaco qualifying runs …
 

Driver No. Driver Team Grid Pos.
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 3
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 4
14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 5
7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 6
25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 7
20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 8
26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 9
11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 10
27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 11
22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 12
77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 13
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 14
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 15
19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 16
21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 17
99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 18
17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 19
4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 20
10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 21
9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 22

 

… and take some joy in the fact that young Daniel Ricciardo remains the Red Bull man to beat, while Fernando Alonso starts from his traditional P5 spot, nearly a full second ahead of his much-vaunted teammate, 2007 World Driver’s Champion Kimi Raikkonen.

 

Source | Photos: Formula 1, Motorsport.

 

Jo Borrás

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