2014 Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

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Hello and welcome to live coverage of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix!
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The weather continues to get better and we're all set for the grid-deciding hour
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Lewis Hamilton was the man in charge this morning, edging out Daniel Ricciardo
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Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel backed up their team-mates in third and fourth
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It should be a thrilling battle between the Mercedes and Red Bull duo this afternoon...
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft (Red) and Soft (Yellow) tyres to Monaco
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In terms of DRS, there is just one zone in place this weekend
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Detection is between Turns 16 and 17, with the activation area on the main straight
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Q1 could throw up some drama, with all 22 cars vying for track position
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It is one of the major challenges of qualifying on the streets of the Principality
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Another element is tyre temperature, with drivers struggling for heat in FP3
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We could see two or three lap runs in order to extract the most from the rubber
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The track opens and Q1 is underway!
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Mercedes drivers Rosberg and Hamilton are the first out on track
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Plenty of cars follow for early banker runs
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We have a split between Super Soft and Soft tyres
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Only the Red Bull drivers in the pits at the moment
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A different approach from the World Champion team...
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Maldonado the early leader for Lotus
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He's on the Super Soft rubber
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The Mercedes drivers, on Softs, begin second attempts
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Rosberg goes fastest on a 1:17.938
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Hamilton slots into second, eight tenths adrift
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Kvyat had a brief off at the chicane
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He reports a damaged front wing
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Rosberg improves by 0.260 seconds
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The Red Bulls of Vettel and Ricciardo head out
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Replays show a rather dramatic accident for Kvyat
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The Toro Rosso driver lost control of his car on the exit of the tunnel, before snapping violently both ways and clipping the inside barrier
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He's been back to the pits for a new wing
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Maldonado splits the Mercedes duo
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But Hamilton quickly retakes P2 with an improvement
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Ricciardo up to fifth with his first attempt
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Vettel is 20th and heading on to another lap
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Both Red Bull drivers are on Softs
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Ricciardo improves his time to go third
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Vettel's next effort is more representative, placing him sixth
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We're past the halfway mark of Q1
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Current drop zone: HUL, CHI, PER, KOB, ERI, KVY
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Vettel finds some time to go fifth
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Just Alonso in the pits as we head into the final five minutes
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Magnussen up to third for McLaren
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The Dane is on Super Softs
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He outbrakes himself at Ste Devote on his next lap, narrowly avoiding the wall...
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Button, also on Super Softs, edges out his team-mate
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Perez has climbed up to 10th on his latest run
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Force India team-mate Hulkenberg is still in the drop zone, having hit traffic
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Raikkonen goes fifth in his Ferrari
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Perez improves to eighth
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Sauber duo Gutierrez and Sutil now in trouble
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Vergne, on Super Softs, goes quickest
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Double yellow flags are being waved
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It's at Mirabeau, following a clash between Ericsson and Williams
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Replays show Ericsson lunging up the inside of Massa
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The chequered flag is out
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Massa has stopped – he is through to Q2 but will not be able to contest it
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Out in Q1: GUT, SUT, BIA, CHI, KOB, ERI
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At the front, Vergne set the standard with his Super Soft effort
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Mercedes duo Rosberg and Hamilton, both on Softs, followed the Frenchman
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Williams mechanics are replacing Bottas's front wing
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Q2 begins, with Rosberg the first driver out – he's on Super Softs
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Hamilton follows his team-mate
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Plenty of other cars leaving the pits
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Expect Super Soft tyres all the way now
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The Q1 clash between Ericsson and Massa is being investigated by the stewards
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Rosberg gets the Q2 timesheets rolling
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While the Mercedes drivers warm-up, Hulkenberg gets straight into the 1m17s
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Race Control also confirms that a blocking incident involving fellow Mexicans Perez and Gutierrez will be looked at after the session
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Finally, a similar incident between Maldonado and Kvyat is to be looked at
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The panel will be busy this afternoon...
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Rosberg moves to the front on 1:16.682
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Hamilton goes second, just 0.035 seconds adrift
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Ricciardo is third, with Alonso fourth
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Raikkonen up to fourth, just in front of team-mate Alonso
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Alonso improves to move back ahead of Raikkonen
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Toro Rosso rookie Kvyat up to seventh
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Vettel abandoned his first attempt but is on a stronger lap now
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The German goes fourth, just behind team-mate Ricciardo
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Most drivers are back in the pits to bolt on fresh rubber
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"We need to sort this problem out," says Vettel over the radio
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No indication as to what the issue is, but it is likely to be holding him back...
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Current drop zone: VER, GRO, PER, BOT, MAL, MAS
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Remember, Massa is on the sidelines after his Q1 stoppage
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All 15 active cars are back on the circuit
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Hulkenberg goes ninth for Force India
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Perez up to eighth in the sister VJM07
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Rosberg improves his time to 1:16.465
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But Hamilton now goes fastest, clocking a 1:16.354
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Alonso edges ahead of the Red Bulls
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Bottas can only go 13th in the Williams
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The chequered flag is out
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Vergne improves to eighth, pushing Hulkenberg out
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Kvyat flashes through and goes seventh
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A brilliant effort from the Russian
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Grosjean cannot improve and is knocked out
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Button also fails to find enough time
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Out in Q2: HUL, BUT, BOT, GRO, MAL, MAS
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Hamilton remained fastest, from Rosberg and Vettel
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We believe Vettel's problem is ERS-related
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If this is the case, his lap was extremely impressive
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Q3 begins, with Perez the first driver on track
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The Ferraris quickly follow him
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Some drivers completing their first runs on used Super Softs
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We should see new sets all the way on the final runs
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Perez clocks the first time of the session, lapping in 1:18.327
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Raikkonen edges clear in his Ferrari
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Vettel told to do two flying laps on his scrubbed set of tyres
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Vergne, who set the pace in Q1, moves to the front
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Alonso now quickest on 1:16.792
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Ricciardo briefly leads, before Rosberg storms through with a 1:15.989
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That's the fastest time of the weekend so far
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Hamilton slots into second, half a tenth adrift
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What a thrilling battle this is shaping up to be...
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Vettel goes fourth, just behind Ricciardo
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Alonso and Raikkonen have fallen back to fifth and sixth
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Rosberg fastest through S1, Hamilton through S2 and Ricciardo through S3
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All drivers have been back to the pits to put on fresh tyres
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Magnussen improves to sixth with his latest attempt
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Raikkonen and Vergne edge back ahead of the Dane
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An error from Rosberg on his final lap!
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He's taken to the escape road at Mirabeau
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Crucially, the yellow flags are waving
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The chequered flag comes out
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Hamilton has backed off after Rosberg's mistake
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So that's it! Rosberg takes pole position
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A bit of an anti-climax after what was a thrilling lead up to Q3
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Ricciardo stays third, ahead of Red Bull team-mate Vettel
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Alonso and Raikkonen follow in fifth and sixth, with Vergne, Magnussen, Kvyat and Perez completing the top ten starting positions
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We will be back for Sunday's race which gets underway at 2pm local time (GMT +2)