3 winners and losers of qualifying, Monaco 12

26 May


Mark Webber: It was a fantastic qualifying performance by Mark to take his 10th ever pole position even if he wasn’t the fastest in the session. Webber hasn’t qualified on pole since Germany 2011 and this season hadn’t been looking good for him so the timing of this pole position was fantastic for him.

Felipe Massa: Would you believe that Massa hadn’t made it to Q3 before this weekend. For the first weekend in a long time Felipe has managed to silence many of his critics by some very strong performances all weekend, 3rd in FP2, 2nd in FP3 and 1st in Q2. Sadly I think Ferrari made a bit of a mistake with their strategy in Q3 otherwise Felipe could have been a strong contender for pole. Hopefully it will be onwards and upwards from now on for Massa.

Michael Schumacher: Such a shame that a few seconds of stupidity in Spain have cost Michael pole in Monaco. His lap in Q3 was perfectly timed to go fastest, but due to the 5 place grid penalty he was given for crashing into Senna in Spain he will have to start 6th.

Nico Hulkenburg and Romain Grosjean also deserve a mention for starting from 10th and 4th tomorrow respectively. Nico also did really well to go fastest in Q1.


Pastor Maldonado: Would you believe this guy won in Spain two weeks ago? It’s been a miserable weekend in Monaco for Maldonado, he was hot headed in FP3 to be given a 10 place grid penalty. But although he did did perform well to make it to Q3 he will not be pleased to start from 19th tomorrow, behind both Caterhams.

Jenson Button: JB’s last pole was Monaco 09 and since then qualifying has been a particularly poor aspect for him, and since 2009 he’s failed to make it to Q3 on 7 occasions, much worse than most of the other big names in the sport. Today he could only qualify 13th which means he’ll have to hope that a few guys retire if he wants to pick up points.

Sergio Perez: More unlucky than a loser, twice he’s come to Monaco and twice he’s failed to finish Q1, last year he had that big crash at the Nouvelle Chicane and this year the car’s suspension broke mid lap making the car un-driveable.


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