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F1 NEWS 

Monaco GP: Nico Rosberg keeps pole after stewards investigation

Rosberg Monaco 2014 pole

Nico Rosberg will keep his Monaco Grand Prix pole position after the stewards ruled that he did nothing wrong in his incident at the end of qualifying.

The officials had investigated after Rosberg brought out yellow flags when he locked up and went down the Mirabeau escape road on his final Q3 lap.

Rosberg was on provisional pole at the time, ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who abandoned his last pole bid after encountering the yellow flags for the German's incident.

Hamilton's lap had been fractionally faster than Rosberg's best in the first sector.

Monaco GP qualifying report

While Rosberg denied any suggestions that he had deliberately gone off to disrupt Hamilton's effort, the Briton refused to directly answer when quizzed about his opinion of his team-mate's excursion.

A statement issued by the FIA said that investigations of the telemetry data had not shown Rosberg had done anything wrong.

It said: "The stewards examined video and telemetry data from the team and FIA and could find no evidence of any offence related to the Turn 5 [Mirabeau] incident."

With the stewards declaring the matter closed, Rosberg will start Sunday's race from his second pole of the 2014 F1 season.

QUALIFYING RESULT:

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap    
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m15.989s         
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m16.048s  +0.059s
 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m16.384s  +0.395s
 4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m16.547s  +0.558s
 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m16.686s  +0.697s
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m17.389s  +1.400s
 7. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m17.540s  +1.551s
 8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.555s  +1.566s
 9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m18.090s  +2.101s
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m18.327s  +2.338s
                          Q3 cut-off time:      1m17.755s  **     
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m17.846s  +1.492s
12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.988s  +1.634s
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     1m18.082s  +1.728s
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m18.196s  +1.842s
15. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         1m18.356s  +2.002s
16. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes                        
                          Q2 cut-off time:      1m18.616s  *        
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m18.741s  +1.184s
18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m18.745s  +1.188s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1m19.332s  +1.775s
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1m19.928s  +2.371s
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1m20.133s  +2.576s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m21.732s  +4.175s
                                                                  
107 per cent time: 1m22.985s                                      
* Gap to fastest in Q1                                            
** Gap to fastest in Q2                                           
                                                                  
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