Qualifying session 1 in Monaco saw a lot of drivers use up a set of their super soft option tyres.
Qualifying session 1 in Monaco saw a lot of drivers use up a set of their super soft option tyres. It was no surprise to see some of the slower teams like Toro Rosso use up a set of the option tyres, but Mercedes GP driver Michael Schumacher and Renault driver Vitaly Petrov also used a set of option tyres. Mercedes GP managed to get Nico Rosberg’s car repaired after a heavy crash in practice session 3, and he went faster in Qualifying session 1 than team mate Michael Schumacher, after also using a set of option tyres. Hispania drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan didn’t make any times in qualifying, and will start at the back of the grid, if they are deemed to be in the 107% time rule. Other drivers to go out in Qualifying 1 were, Jerome D’Ambrosio, Timo Glock, Jaime Alguesueri, Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen. Lewis Hamilton went fastest with a time of 1:15.207.Qualifying 2 saw Hamilton go fastest again with a time of 1:14.275, followed by Sebastian Vettel with a 1:14.277. The only surprise in qualifying 2 was that Pastor Maldonado managed to get into qualifying 3 while team mate Rubens Barrichello only managed twelfth fastest. Drivers to drop out of qualifying 2 were Sebastian Buemi, Nick Heidfeld, Adrian Sutil, Paul Di Resta, Kamui Kobayashi, Rubens Barrichello and Vitaly Petrov. Qualifying 3 started with Mercedes GP and Ferrari putting in the first times of the session. Sebastian Vettel then managed to set a time of 1:13.556, going fastest for the session and the weekend. Qualifying 3 was then red flagged, because Sergio Perez lost control and spun the car into the the barriers just coming out of the tunnel, which then in turn made him slam in to the barriers that are placed just after the chicane. Sergio Perez was recovered from the car and only suffered minor injuries(the video is available for viewing on the right). When Qualifying restarted, Lewis Hamilton was first out on track, and first to set a time and only managed seventh. The Top ten places on the grid for tomorrows race are as follows, Sebastian Vettel on pole, followed by Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez.