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Monaco Grand Prix: It’s a Mercedes front row

Sat, 25 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Nico Rosberg & Lewis Hamilton pictured after making it a Mercedes front row in Monaco

Two weeks ago in Spain, Nico Rosberg pipped team mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position, and he’s pulled the same trick on the streets of Monaco today to ensure the second Mercedes front row in succession and his own third pole position in a row.

Behind the Mercedes it’s a Red Bull second row, with Sebastian Vettel taking third place and Mark Webber fourth, with the third row made up of the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen and the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.

McLaren managed to take seventh (Perez) and ninth (Button) with Sutil’s Force India in eighth and Vergne’s Torro Rosso in tenth.

The Ferrari of Felipe Massa didn’t make it in to final qualifying after a heavy crash in final practice, but hopes to be allowed to start from the pit lane tomorrow after his car has been fixed.

If this was any other Grand Prix than Monaco, we could probably expect recent form to continue, with Mercedes fading in the race. But being up front in Monaco is everything, and we expect to see whichever Mercedes hits the first corner first getting his team mate riding shotgun to hold up the pack.

It also looks like tomorrow in Monaco could be unseasonably chilly, which could mean Mercedes’ tyres fare a little better.

It’s probably Mercedes’ best chance of a win so far this year.

By Cars UK