Schumacher quickest but hands pole to Webber

Saturday 26th May 2012, 14:18 by Ryan Wood 

Mercedes F1 Team

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)

PosDriverTeamQ1 TimeQ2 TimeQ3 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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