Nico Rosberg will start from pole position for the fourth time in his Formula 1 career at today’s Monaco Grand Prix, which will also mark the third time on the trot that the German starts from top spot on the grid.
Today’s starting grid will look like this:
|2.||Lewis Hamilton||+ 0.091||Mercedes AMG Petronas|
|Mercedes AMG Petronas|
|3.||Sebastian Vettel||+ 0.104|
|4.||Mark Webber||+ 0.305||Red Bull Racing Renault|
|Red Bull Racing Renault|
|5.||Kimi Räikkönen||+ 0.946|
|6.||Fernando Alonso||+ 0.948||Lotus Renault|
|7.||Sergio Pérez||+ 1.262|
|8.||Adrian Sutil||+ 1.507||McLaren Mercedes|
|Force India Mercedes|
|9.||Jenson Button||+ 1.771|
|10.||Jean-Éric Vergne||+ 1.827||McLaren Mercedes|
|Toro Rosso Ferrari|
|13.||Daniel Ricciardo||1:18.344||Sauber Ferrari|
|Toro Rosso Ferrari|
|14.||Valtteri Bottas||1:19.077||Lotus Renault|
|15.||Giedo van der Garde||1:19.408|
|16.||Pastor Maldonado||1:21.688||Caterham Renault|
|17.||Paul di Resta||1:26.332|
|18.||Charles Pic||1:26.633||Force India Mercedes|
|20.||Jules Bianchi||no time||Sauber Ferrari|
|21.||Felipe Massa||no time|
|22.||Max Chilton||1:27.303||Scuderia Ferrari||PENALTY|
And for those looking for a bit of trivia ahead of today’s race, here are a few mind-blowing (or otherwise!) statistics to impress or bore your friends with:
While it might be Nico Rosberg’s third pole position in a row, he still falls well short of the all-time record of eight on the trot claimed by Ayrton Senna between the 1988 Spanish Grand Prix and the United States Grand Prix the following year.
With Giedo van der Garde qualifying fifteenth, the Caterham team toasted its best qualifying performance since Heikki Kovalainen’s 13th-placed effort at the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix.
Ferrari has not won the Monaco Grand Prix since 2001, which also marks the fifth and final time that Michael Schumacher won the event
Today marks 45 years since Jules Bianchi’s great-uncle Lucien finished on the podium here at the 1968 Grand Prix, driving a Cooper BRM.
Victory Lewis Hamilton or Kimi Räikkönen will move them up the ranks on the all-time winners list. If Hamilton wins, he will move to equal-twelfth on the all-time list (tied with Damon Hill on 22 wins), while Räikkönen would become Finland’s most victorious F1 driver if he claims his 21st win, which would move him ahead of Mika Häkkinen.
Should Mark Webber claim victory, he will become the thirty-second driver in Formula 1 history to claim ten Grand Prix wins. It would also make him the seventh three-time winner of the event, behind Ayrton Senna (six wins), Michael Schumacher and Graham Hill (five apiece), Alain Prost (four), Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart (three each).
It will also be Mark Webber’s 202nd Grand Prix start, which moves him to twelfth place on the all-time starters’ list ahead of Jean Alesi.