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Schumacher quickest but hands pole to Webber
Saturday 26th May 2012, 14:18 by Ryan Wood
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Michael Schumacher was the quickest man during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, with a time eight thousandths faster than Mark Webber in second.
However, Schumacher will drop to sixth after receiving a five-place penalty in Spain for his clash with Bruno Senna, effectively handing pole to Red Bull's Webber.
Schumacher's team-mate Nico Rosberg takes up the second front-row grid slot having qualified third.
Lewis Hamilton could only manage fourth, though far better than his team-mate Jenson Button could manage. Button starts 13th after struggling in Q2.
Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa - who made it through to Q3 for the first time this season - Kimi Raikkonen, Pastor Maldonado and Sebastian Vettel complete the top ten.
Maldonado will however start 19th having been penalised for a clash with Sergio Perez during FP3.
Jean-Eric Vergne qualified 17th but suffered a scary moment exiting the tunnel and lost his front-wing after kissing the barrier.
Perez starts 24th and last after he made contact with the wall at the Swimming Pool. The Mexican reported some steering issues prior to the incident.
His session was ended after just a few minutes with terminal damage, resulting in a red flag which lasted for five minutes.
2012 Monaco GP Qualifying Results:
(* = 5 place penalty to be added, ** = 10 place penalty to be added)
Pos Driver Team Q1 Time Q2 Time Q3 Time 10. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:15.757 1:15.234 No Time 02. M. Webber Red Bull 1:16.013 1:15.035 1:14.381 04. L. Hamilton McLaren 1:16.063 1:15.166 1:14.583 13. J. Button McLaren 1:16.399 1:15.536 14. B. Senna Williams 1:15.923 1:15.709 06. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:16.153 1:15.128 1:14.948 07. F. Massa Ferrari 1:15.983 1:14.911 1:15.049 11. N. Hulkenberg Force India 1:15.418 1:15.421 09. P. Maldonado** Williams 1:16.017 1:15.026 1:15.245 12. K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:15.648 1:15.508 24. S. Perez Sauber No Time 19. V. Petrov Caterham 1:17.404 08. K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:15.889 1:15.322 1:15.199 01. M. Schumacher* Mercedes 1:15.873 1:15.062 1:14.301 03. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.900 1:15.022 1:14.448 05. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:15.718 1:15.219 1:14.639 17. J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:16.491 1:16.885 15. P. di Resta Force India 1:16.062 1:15.718 21. P. de la Rosa HRT 1:18.096 16. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:16.360 1:15.878 18. H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:16.538 22. C. Pic Marussia 1:18.476 20. T. Glock Marussia 1:17.947 23. N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:19.310 Q1 107% Time: 1:20.697
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