Monaco - Qualifying Report
Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher, of Germany, reacts after a qualifying practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Saturday, May 26, 2012. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. Schumacher set the quickest time but thanks to the five place penalty he picked up in Spain, the pole position on Sunday's grid will actually be occupied by Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Michael Schumacher assured his fans worldwide that he still has what it takes with a scintillating pole position lap around the streets of Monaco. But Australian Mark Webber will inherit the view from the front tomorrow as Schumi is docked with the five-place penalty he earned in Spain.
The Red Bull driver had held pole position with a 1m 14.381s briefly before Schumacher crossed the line with a 1m 14.301s for the silver arrows.
In third was Nico Rosberg with 1m 14.448s followed by Lewis Hamilton on 1m 14.583s for McLaren. The Lotus of Romain Grosjean was fifth with 1m 14.639s and the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa followed with 1m 14.948s and 1m 15.049s. Massa has made it into Q3 for the first time this season!
The twisty street circuit of Monaco always throws a bit of drama into F1. This year, barely five minutes into Qualifying and Sergio Perez hit the wall near the swimming pool complex and damaged his left rear suspension thoroughly. He failed to register a time within the 107% rule and is now at the mercy of the race stewards for a race start.
Drivers swapped places even faster than the timing screens at one stage with Force India's Hulkenberg heading the sheets with a 1m 15.418s ahead of Sauber's Kobayashi and Lotus' Grosjean. He was on the Pirelli red super softs.
Heikki Kovalainen, Vitaly Petrov, Timo Glock, Pedro De la Rosa, Charles Pic, Narain Karthikeyan and Sergio Perez would play no further part in Qualifying.