Monaco Grand Prix 2014: Rosberg ‘sorry’ for Hamilton after taking pole
Monaco Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg takes pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton in controversial circumstances
Nico Rosberg pipped his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix in controversial circumstances.
Rosberg finished ahead of Hamilton to take pole for the second year running, despite running off the track at the Mirabeau corner during the final minute of qualifying.
The German had the edge over Hamilton following the first runs in the top-10 shootout, but on his second run, Rosberg drove down the escape road at Mirabeau and then reversed out. The incident brought out the yellow flags and meant Hamilton was unable to improve, handing Rosberg the pole by default.
Of course I’m sorry for Lewis. I didn’t know exactly where he was
After an investigation, race stewards said they could find “no evidence of any offence”.
Daniel Ricciardo beat Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel to third place.
Rosberg said: “No not [an ideal way to end qualifying.] I thought it was over – I thought the track would ramp up and someone else could beat my time. I’m happy it worked out. Pole at home is fantastic – it couldn’t be better.
“Of course I’m sorry for Lewis. I didn’t know exactly where he was but once I was reversing I did see he was coming up. Of course that’s not great, but that’s the way it is.”
The German added that he was “surprised” that the stewards are investigating the incident, saying: “They’ll see in the data it is all very similar to the lap before and I just locked up the front tyre.”
Meanwhile, drivers’ championship leader Hamilton was visibly frustrated by the incident following the session.
“It happens and that was that,” said Hamilton. “Yeah, it’s ironic,” he continued, in reference to Rosberg taking pole having brought out the yellow flags which forced Hamilton to back off on his fastest lap. “It was OK, I was up a couple of tenths [on my lap].”
Monaco Grand Prix 2014: Qualifying times
1. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 15.989s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 16.048s
3. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 16.384s
4. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 16.547s
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 16.686s
6. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 17.389s
7. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 17.540s
8. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes 1m 17.555s
9. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 18.090s
10. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 1m 18.327s
11. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 17.846s
12. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 17.988s
13. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes 1m 18.082s
14. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 18.196s
15. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault 1m 18.356s
16. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes no time in Q2
17. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 18.741s
18. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1m 18.745s
19. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari 1m 19.332s
20. Max Chilton Briton Marussia-Ferrari 1m 19.928s
21. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Caterham-Renault 1m 20.133s
22. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault 1m 21.732s