Michael Schumacher sets the fastest lap in Monaco
Schumacher back to his best?
Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time in Monaco, but Mark Webber will be the one to start from the front of the grid on Sunday.
Schumacher hasn’t taken a pole position since his return to F1 and he’ll have to surrender this one with a five-place grid drop. The German was handed the penalty after the Spanish grand prix for hitting the back of Bruno Senna.
Webber is the man who benefits from Schumacher’s penalty by qualifying eight tenths behind him. His team-mate Sebastian Vettel didn’t run in the final session as he’d used up his quota of soft tyres. The reigning world champion was on the edge of the cut off zone in both the first and second sessions, so was forced to use more soft than he would have liked. Lewis Hamilton also gets a helping hand from the penalty as he moves into third.
After so much hype before qualifying both Lotus failed to impress with Romain Grosjean in fifth and Raikkonen setting the eighth fastest time. Felipe Massa will have something to cheer about after he made it into the final session for the first time this year. He may have been beaten into sixth by a tenth of a second, but it is the closest he’s been to Fernando Alonso in a long time.
Jenson Button was the biggest surprise in the second session, after he struggled to find the pace of the leaders. Button set the fastest time in the second free practice time on Thursday, but he struggled to get his McLaren up to speed. He will start in 13th just behind on the same row of the grid as Kamui Kobayashi.
Sergio Perez was the first out of qualifying, at a circuit that doesn’t seem to bring him much luck. The Mexican looked to have steering problems while going through the swimming pool and hit the barriers on the opposite side of the wall. The session was briefly stopped as his car, and a wheel which escaped, was removed from the track.
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