Rosberg Takes Pole For the Third Time for Monaco Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg has finished qualifying laps in pole position for the third consecutive race ahead of tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver previously held the pole in the Spanish GP two weeks ago and in Bahrain at the end of April. He would finish in 6th and 9th places, respectively, during the actual races. Just as in Spain, teammate Lewis Hamilton will start alongside Rosberg and make the front row all Mercedes.
That lead will most likely not last very long; both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will start behind the Mercs. The rest of the top 10 looks pretty standard, with the exception of Toro Rosso’s Jean-Éric Vergne, who landed in tenth place on the starting grid; Vergne has had a subpar season so far, exacerbated by his retirements in both of the last two grands prix.
Paul di Resta surprisingly found himself at the back of the pack, after setting flying laps on degraded tires, rather than a fresh set. Felipe Massa will bring up the rear as a result of suffering a serious crash during practice; his front wheels locked, sending him straight into a wall. The damage couldn’t be repaired in time for qualifying, so the Brazilian will begin in dead last, behind Marussia’s Jules Bianchi. Bianchi finished a grand total of two corners before his car caught fire and had to be removed from the track by crane.
The Monaco GP will be the first of four races broadcast on NBC, rather than the normal NBC Sports channel in the US. The race begins at 4:30 AM PST.