Formula One

 
               === Rosberg beats Hamilton for Monaco GP pole ===
 
 Monte  Carlo, Monaco  (SportsNetwork.com) - Nico Rosberg from Mercedes won his
 second  consecutive pole  position  for  the Monaco  Grand  Prix on  Saturday,
 despite making a mistake on his final qualifying run.
 
 Rosberg,  who  resides in Monte Carlo,  held the provisional pole for Sunday's
 race  after making  a lap in 1  minute, 15.989 seconds on his first run during
 the  final round of qualifying. While attempting his last lap with less than a
 minute  to go, the  German ran wide and had to pull over on to the escape road
 at the Mirabeau section of the Monte Carlo street circuit.
 
 "I  thought it was  over once that happened, because I thought the track would
 ramp up and somebody else could beat the time," Rosberg said. "In the end, I'm
 really  happy that  it worked out. To be  on the pole at home is fantastic. It
 couldn't be better."
 
 Lewis  Hamilton  was making  his final  run at  the same  time as Rosberg, his
 Mercedes  teammate, but Hamilton had to slow his pace in the area of Rosberg's
 incident, as the yellow flags were displayed.
 
 When the Mercedes drivers returned to parc ferme (the enclosed and secure area
 in  the  paddock where  the cars  are inspected),  Rosberg celebrated his pole
 win,  while Hamilton  looked less  delighted with  his second-place  finish in
 qualifying. Hamilton's best lap in Q3 was 0.059 seconds behind Rosberg.
 
 Race stewards said after qualifying had concluded that they were investigating
 the incident. They later determined no offense was committed by Rosberg.
 
 According  to  F1's governing body, the  FIA, "The stewards examined video and
 telemetry data from the team [Rosberg's No. 6 Mercedes] and FIA and could find
 no evidence of any offense related to the turn 5 incident."
 
 Hamilton was on pace to beat Rosberg's time during his final lap before he had
 to slow for the yellows.
 
 "Yeah,  it  is  ironic,"  Hamilton  said when  asked  about  Rosberg's  mishap
 occurring  on  the last  lap. "It was  OK. I was  up a  couple of tenths [of a
 second], so It was OK."
 
 Hamilton,  who  currently holds  the lead  in the  F1 world championship point
 standings,  is attempting  to win  his fifth  consecutive grand  prix. Rosberg
 scored  the  victory in the  season-opener in  Australia, but Hamilton has won
 every  race  since -- Malaysia,  Bahrain, China  and Spain. His advantage over
 Rosberg is just three points.
 
 There has been growing tension between Hamilton and Rosberg during the season,
 and now it's reached a new height.
 
 "Of  course,  I'm sorry for  what happened to  Lewis," Rosberg said. "I didn't
 know  exactly  where he was, but  once I was reversing,  I did see that he was
 coming up. Of course, that's not great, but that's the way it is."
 
 Hamilton's  response to  Rosberg's apology? "I don't have an answer to it," he
 said.
 
 Hamilton had very little to say during his post-qualifying press conference.
 
 Rosberg scored his sixth career pole in Formula One, including his second this
 season.  He  started first  in the  Bahrain Grand Prix  but finished second to
 Hamilton in that race.
 
 The pole sitter for the Monaco GP has won nine of the last 10 races, including
 the  previous  five. Rosberg started on  pole and led  all 78 laps to win last
 year's event.
 
 Monte  Carlo  is one of  the most difficult circuits  on the F1 schedule, with
 overtaking here virtually impossible.
 
 Daniel  Ricciardo from Red Bull qualified third, while his teammate, Sebastian
 Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, took the fourth spot.
 
 Ferrari  drivers Fernando  Alonso and  Kimi  Raikkonen were  fifth and  sixth,
 respectively. Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne placed seventh and Kevin Magnussen
 from McLaren eighth.
 
 Vergne's  teammate, Daniil Kvyat, and Force India's Sergio Perez completed the
 top-10.
 
 
 05/24 14:32:59 ET

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