Rosberg secures pole in thrilling qualifying session

By on Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg secured his third successive pole position in a thrilling qualifying session in Monaco.

Rosberg's edged out team-mate Lewis Hamilton by less than a tenth of a second to give Mercedes their second consecutive front row lockout.

Sebastian Vettel will line up in third, with Red Bull team mate Mark Webber in fourth place.

Kimi Raikkonen starts fifth, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez.

Adrian Sutil was eighth, while a loss of power left Jenson Button in ninth.

Jean-Eric Vergne made it through to Q3 for the first time in his career but could manage only tenth.

The session started in wet conditions, resulting in drivers setting Q1 times on Intermediate tyres.

Marussia's Jules Bianchi stopped at Massenet with smoke pouring from his engine, while Felipe Massa didn't set a time as Ferrari was unable to fix his car following his practice shunt.

Joining Bianchi and Massa at the end of Q1 was Paul di Resta, Esteban Gutierrez, Charles Pic and Max Chilton.

Caterham's Giedo van der Garde progressed to Q2 and was as high as third before the circuit dried, leaving drivers to switch to the option tyres.

Van der Garde slipped to fifteenth but it was Caterham's best qualifying result in three years. The Dutchman qualified ahead of Pastor Maldonado, who was fastest in Q1 but slowest in Q2.

Nico Hulkenberg also failed to progress to Q3 and lines up in eleventh place.

Daniel Ricciardo starts from twelfth, ahead of Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman's car was fixed with minutes to spare but he was unable to progress to the top 10 shootout. Monaco rookie Valtteri Bottas was fourteenth.

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