Paul Hembery: "We saw a typical Monaco qualifying today, which was all about avoiding the inevitable incidents, finding a clear lap and getting the most out of the supersoft tyres. Congratulations to Michael Schumacher and Mercedes on a fantastic pole position: his first with Pirelli.
"With the teams having only had the chance to complete some qualifying simulations on the supersoft tyre in free practice this morning, they had very little data to go on before qualifying, but they adapted themselves very quickly to the conditions: especially Mercedes, which has been consistently quick from the start of the weekend.
"Tyre wear levels are low, as we expected, so we would envisage most drivers using a two-stop strategy tomorrow with some maybe trying for a one stop. However, the teams that feel confident of having a quick car could opt for a multi-stop sprint strategy. In either case, all the drivers will be able to push at their hardest from beginning to end so it should be a thrilling race."