Monaco Grand Prix 2012: Webber takes pole as Schumacher is denied
Michael Schumacher posts the fastest time in qualifying ahead of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, but will not start from pole position
Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher was the fastest in qualifying ahead of Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix but the German will start in sixth after he received a grid penalty.
It means Red Bulls’ Mark Webber will start in pole position despite losing out to the seven-time world champion by 0.08 seconds, while Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton will line up in second and third respectively.
“I’m more than thrilled to manage pole position here. It is the race you want to do well at and after what I have been through in the last two years it is just fabulous,” Schumacher told the BBC.
“It confirms what I have felt for a long time, but sometimes you have to put everything in the right moment together.”
Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn said: “I have to admit I had a bit of a tear in my eye. He’s faced some tough times since his comeback but he has been in good shape all weekend.”
1 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Mercedes GP 1min 14.301secs
2 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:14.381
3 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1:14.448
4 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren 1:14.583
5 Romain Grosjean (Swi) Lotus F1 Team 1:14.639
6 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 1:14.948
7 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:15.049
8 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus F1 Team 1:15.199
9 Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Williams 1:15.245
10 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull no time
11 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1:15.421
12 Kamui Kobayashi (Jpn) Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.508
13 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:15.536
14 Bruno Senna (Bra) Williams 1:15.709
15 Paul di Resta (Gbr) Force India 1:15.718
16 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:15.878
17 Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:16.885
18 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Caterham 1:16.538
19 Vitaly Petrov (Rus) Caterham 1:17.404
20 Timo Glock (Ger) Marussia 1:17.947
21 Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) HRT-F1 1:18.096
22 Charles Pic (Fra) Marussia 1:18.476
23 Narain Karthikeyan (Ind) HRT-F1 1:19.310
24 Sergio Perez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari no time
Michael Schumacher will start sixth on the grid due to to a five-place grid penalty incurred during the Spanish GP. Pastor Maldonado has been handed a 10-place grid penalty.