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2012-05-26 15:20

FAST DRIVER, SLOW SHUTTER: Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa blurs past the fans during final practice at the Circuit de Monaco ahead of the 2012 F1 GP there. Image: AFP

A flurry of fastest times ended qualifying at Monaco today but it was Mercedes' Michael Schumacher who scored a shock quickest lap.

Unfortunately, he will lose five places on the grid for some bad behaviour in Spain three weeks earlier when he collided with Bruno Senna.

Germany's Nico Rosberg, for Mercedes, will line up alongside Webber on the front row with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Frenchman Romain Grosjean, driving a Lotus, behind the front pair.

In the final sessions times suddenly dropped into the 1min14 range.

Pastor Maldonado's chances of winning two F1 races in a row suffered a huge setback when he was handed a 10-place grid penalty for the race.


Race stewards, among them Williams' 1992 World champion Nigel Mansell, ruled the Venezuelan had caused an avoidable collision in final practice when his Williams chopped in front of the Sauber of Mexican Sergio Perez.
Maldonado crashed a lap later, ripping the right rear wheel off his car.

The Venezuelan won the 2012 Spanish GP, his first victory in F1 and his team's first in nearly eight years. - Wheels24 and Reuters

Provisional grid for 2012 Monaco F1 GP

Note: Maldonado drops 10 grid places for causing a collision in final Monaco practice. Schumacher drops five grid places for causing a collision at the 2012 Spanish GP. Perez races at stewards' discretion after failing to set a time within 107% requirement.

1 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes
3 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren
4 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus
5 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari
6 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari
8 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus
9 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull
10 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India
11 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber
12 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren
13 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams
14 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India
15 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso
16 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso
17 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham
18 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham
19 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams
20 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia
21 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT
22 Charles Pic (France) Marussia
23 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT
24 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber

Qualifying results (not including place penalties for Schumacher and Maldonado)
Provisional qualifying result for the 2012 Monaco F1 GP
1 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1min14.301
2 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 1min14.381
3 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min14.448
4 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1min14.583
5 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min14.639
6 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min14.948
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1min15.049
8 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 1min15.199
9 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1min15.245
10 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull

Out after second session
11 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min15.421
12 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1min15.508
13 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min15.536
14 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams 1min15.709
15 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1min15.718
16 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1min15.878
17 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min16.885

Out after first session
18 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham 1min16.538
19 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham 1min17.404
20 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia 1min17.947
21 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT 1min18.096
22 Charles Pic (France) Marussia 1min18.476
23 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 1min19.310
24 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber (crashed)


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