MONACO – Monaco is always about qualifying, and on Saturday Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton beat the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to lock up the front of the grid.
But boy was it close.
In the end Rosberg, who just edged his team mate for the second race in succession, to take Mercedes’ fourth consecutive pole position. Rosberg’s 1:13.876 lap just edged Hamilton’s to 1:13.967 to put him on pole.
Vettel’s effort to make the front row just failed, with 1:13.980 lap, while Webber’s best was 1:14.181.
Behind them, Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen just pipped Fernando Alonso by two-thousandths of a second for fifth. Sergio Perez was McLaren’s leader in seventh as Force India’s sole survivor Adrian Sutil took eighth. Jenson Button was ninth in the other McLaren, and Jean-Eric Vergne completed the top 10 after a great run for Toro Rosso.