Massa heads all-Ferrari front row

Felipe Massa will start tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix from pole position after snatching the top spot from Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen by less than three hundredths of a second

Massa heads all-Ferrari front row

Ferrari locked out the front row, despite McLaren having looked quicker throughout the weekend so far. Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen had to settle for sharing the second row of the grid.

Hamilton and Kovalainen began qualifying by trading quickest times in Q1, but Massa pulled a 1:15.1 out of the bag in the dying seconds. The Brazilian repeated the time with his first effort in Q2 and it remained unbeaten as he went on to top all three parts of qualifying.

Raikkonen seemed to have secured pole position when his last effort proved just out of reach of Hamilton, but Massa, last on track again, stole the top spot by the smallest of margins with the final lap of the session.

The McLarens were quickest in the first sector, but lost out ultimately because they weren't able to match the pace of the Ferraris in the longer second sector of the lap.

Robert Kubica was best of the rest in fifth place, ahead of Nico Rosberg, who finished Q2 in second place after setting an excellent 1:15.287 on the harder tyre.

Fernando Alonso will start seventh after only just making it into the final session with his last lap of Q2. The Spaniard complained of a lack of grip in his Renault, but managed to qualify ahead of Jarno Trulli and Mark Webber in the end.

David Coulthard completed the top ten despite being unable to run in the final session.

Several drivers' last efforts in Q2 were affected when Coulthard struck the barrier when he lost it under braking for the chicane. That left Nick Heidfeld 13th, and both Hondas, Kazuki Nakajima, and Timo Glock also in the drop zone at the end of the session.

Rubens Barrichello ended up 15th but is under investigation by the stewards for blocking one of Giancarlo Fisichella's laps in Q1.

Nelson Piquet's qualifying struggles continued as he was knocked out in Q1. The Brazilian nearly clipped the barrier at Portier on his penultimate lap and his final attempt was only good enough for 17th on the grid.

Both of Scuderia Toro Rosso's new cars were also knocked out in the first round. Sebastien Bourdais was unlucky not to make it through, with his last lap just half a tenth slower than Kazuki Nakajima in 15th.

Sebastian Vettel and Giancarlo Fisichella will start from the final row of the grid. Each had a five-place grid penalty for changing their gearbox, but only qualified 18th and 20th anyway.

Pos Driver        Team                     Q1        Q2        Q3
 1. Massa         Ferrari             (B)  1:15.190  1:15.110  1:15.787
 2. Raikkonen     Ferrari             (B)  1:15.717  1:15.404  1:15.815
 3. Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes    (B)  1:15.582  1:15.322  1:15.839
 4. Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes    (B)  1:15.295  1:15.389  1:16.165
 5. Kubica        BMW Sauber          (B)  1:15.977  1:15.483  1:16.171
 6. Rosberg       Williams-Toyota     (B)  1:15.935  1:15.287  1:16.548
 7. Alonso        Renault             (B)  1:16.646  1:15.827  1:16.852
 8. Trulli        Toyota              (B)  1:16.306  1:15.598  1:17.203
 9. Webber        Red Bull-Renault    (B)  1:16.074  1:15.745  1:17.343
10. Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault    (B)  1:16.086  1:15.839  No time
11. Glock         Toyota              (B)  1:16.285  1:15.907
12. Button        Honda               (B)  1:16.259  1:16.101
13. Heidfeld      BMW Sauber          (B)  1:16.650  1:16.455
14. Nakajima      Williams-Toyota     (B)  1:16.756  1:16.479
15. Barrichello   Honda               (B)  1:16.208  1:16.537
16. Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari  (B)  1:16.806
17. Piquet        Renault             (B)  1:16.933
18. Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari  (B)  1:16.955
19. Sutil         Force India-Ferrari (B)  1:17.225
20. Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari (B)  1:17.823

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