Monaco F1 Grand Prix: live updates, blog
Mark Webber will start from pole in tonight’s prestigious Monaco Grand Prix seeking a sixth career Formula 1 victory and his first in 2012 where he’s yet to podium. Join us for live updates and blog from 10pm AEST.
The Australian’s qualifying time of 1:14.381 was second-fastest, but a penalty incurred by provisional pole-setting seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher in the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago elevated the Red Bull driver to the front of the grid.
Webber’s love affair with the Monaco street circuit is no secret.
It was the scene of his first podium finish (third in 2005), his fourth career victory (2010) and the 35-year-old has not finished out of the points since 2008.
The Australian is not renowned for being the quickest off the line however and a good start is imperative to his chances tonight.
Nico Rosberg (Mercedes, second), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren, third) and Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault, fourth) are certain to be breathing down his neck once the starting lights extinguish.
Webber’s triumph two years ago also came from pole position, so the first corner will be decisive as to who tops the podium after 78 laps around the opulent streets of Monaco.
It is a short run to the first corner, but a poor start could be all it takes for Webber to blow his chances.
Last year’s race victor, world champion and current points leader Sebastian Vettel will start eight grid positions behind his Red Bull team mate after failing to register a time in Saturday’s third qualifying session.
Pour yourself a glass of French champagne, get stuck into the caviar, ensure your monocle is firmly attached and join us from 10pm AEST for live updates and commentary during tonight’s Monaco F1 Grand Prix.