Monaco GP: Nico Rosberg keeps pole after stewards investigation
|By Jonathan Noble and Matt Beer||Saturday, May 24th 2014, 16:28 GMT|
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.
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.
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