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Red Bull Take 6th Pole of the Season in Monaco

May 15, 2010

Mark Webber snatched the fastest time in Monte Carlo this afternoon, in qualifying for tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix, giving him back-to-back pole positions and Red Bull their sixth pole of the season.

Monaco provides the shortest lap on the F1 calendar and when it looked like Robert Kubica was going to put an end to Red Bull’s reign on top of the qualifying time sheets, Webber sprung up to snatch the top spot by three tenths of a second, lapping the circuit in 1:13.826.

Kubica had been running fastest throughout Q3 through the narrow streets of Monte Carlo, with Lewis Hamilton in second, until Webber popped up to go fastest. Despite slowing down Jenson Button, Felipe Massa put in a time quick enough for third, only to have it snatched by Sebastian Vettel at the end of the session, and he will start from fourth.

Nico Rosberg, who was fastest in Q2, will start sixth, behind Lewis Hamilton, with teammate Michael Schumacher in seventh, Button down in eighth, struggling on the super soft tyres, Rubens Barrichello in ninth and Vitantonio Liuzzi in tenth.

The rest of the pack is as expected, however, after a heavy crash in FP3 for Fernando Alonso, which cracked the chassis of his Ferrari, the Spaniard was unable to participate in qualifying and will start tomorrow’s race from the pitlane. Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Timo Glock, Lucas di Grassi, Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok all dropped out at the end of Q1, and will start 18th down to 23rd, respectively.

Q2 ran as expected as well. Traffic was heavy, and Vitaly Petrov, who will start the race in 14th, ended his session with three minutes to go in the barrier at Sainte Devote. Nico Hulkenberg came close to making Q3, and will start 11th, ahead of Adrian Sutil in 12th and Sebastien Buemi in 13th. Pedro de la Rosa, who left the track to allow Button through on his hot lap, earlier in the session, will start 15th, with Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari 16th and 17th.

Webber will start from pole for the second race in succession, and will be hoping to take an early lead to claim back-to-back victories, while Kubica will line up alongside the Red Bull on the front row, hoping to steal back what Webber snatched off him in qualifying. Vettel and Massa will be the ones to watch out for from the second row.

Monaco is a tough circuit for overtaking, so the start of tomorrow’s race will be vital to the drivers. Red Bull are proving at each qualifying session that they are the team to beat on sheer pace, but with the Ferraris on fire in Thursday’s practice sessions, Felipe Massa could be a contender in the race. It was a poor session for the McLarens, with Hamilton driving his MP4-25 by the scruff of the neck throughout Q3, but unable to improve on fifth, and after his puncture in Spain, the team will be hoping to pull something out of the bag tomorrow.

The race begins on BBC1 at 1pm.

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  1. […] Monaco provides the shortest lap on the F1 calendar and when it looked like Robert Kubica was going to put an end to Red Bull’s reign on top of the qualfying time sheets, Webber sprung up to snatch the top spot by three tenths of a second, lapping the circuit in 1:13.826… More […]


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