Monaco GP qualifying as it happened

Text and video highlights of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, where Nico Rosberg has taken pole.

25 May 2013 Last updated at 15:16

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As it happened

  1. 1435: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Time for me to bid you farewell. Thanks for your company and contributions as always. Mercedes clocked up another pole position, but the question on everybody's lips is: Can they really convert it into victory? You'll have to join me tomorrow to find out.

    I'll be back from 1200 BST to bring you live coverage of the one we all look forward to - the Monaco Grand Prix on the streets of Monte Carlo. Until then, it's good afternoon from me.

  2. 1430: 

    Fernando Alonso, who starts sixth, says it's "unlikely" that he will be able to win the race tomorrow and his focus remains on finishing ahead of his title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

  3. 1425: 

    Third practice earlier in the day as quite a session, with Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil all sticking it into the wall. Massa's was the biggest impact - you can see it on our F1 pages.

  4. 1420: 

    That was quite some qualifying session, so good in fact that I think I'd call it the best of the season. Quite a claim I know. Don't believe me? Well read Andrew Benson's report and then watch the highlights on BBC One at 1735 BST with Suzi Perry and the crew.


    Barnaclebum: Well done Nico:) Seems the Merc hooks up a good hot lap-can it manage a full race from the front or will it drop back again.


    More from Nico Rosberg, who starts on pole: "On the potential of being the first son of a former winner: "It's always nice to hear statistics like that, but It doesn't change much for tomorrow. I'm very happy. In Barcelona we were struggling lot in the race and I finished 70 seconds behind the winner. We're improving step by step, but there are still a lot of questions remaining. It's still our weakness, but we'll make the best of it and who knows."


    Sebastian Vettel, who starts third: "It was very close. Mercedes were very quick all weekend. We know they're quick one lap. I don't want that to sound like an accuse. There was more than a tenth missing - I think I had that today, but it didn't come together on the last lap. If anyone is to blame, then it's me. The car was very good. I'm not entirely happy with my last lap but happy there's not a Lotus or Ferrari ahead so therefore sitting in third I think is still a good result and should be a good opportunity to win the race."


    Lewis Hamilton, who starts second: "I've been struggling all weekend and my pace has been slacking. I've struggled with the car and this is the first time that's happened since 2005. It's been a difficult weekend so I'm happy to have been able to lock out the front row for the team. It's been a massive improvement for me."


    Nico Rosberg, who qualified on pole: "It definitely could have been easier. The conditions were all over the place, and then it started drizzling again so the lap times got a lot slower. It was changing so much - you have to be on the right tyres at the right time. Everything when to plan and the last lap went OK."

  10. 1410: 
    Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel

    Time to hear from the top three...

  11. 1407: 

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Vettel 4) Webber 5) Raikkonen 6) Alonso 7) Perez 8) Sutil 9) Button 10) Vergne

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Ricciardo 13) Grosjean 14) Bottas 15) Van der Garde 16) Maldonado

    17) Paul di Resta 18) Charles Pic 19) Esteban Gutierrez 20) Max Chilton 21) Jules Bianchi 22) Felipe Massa

  12. 1405: 

    It's photo time, with Nico Rosberg understandably wearing the biggest smile as he stands alongside Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and a rather dejected-looking Sebastian Vettel.

  13. 1403: 
    THE TOP 10

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Vettel 4) Webber 5) Raikkonen 6) Alonso 7) Perez 8) Sutil 9) Button 10) Vergne

  14. 1402: 

    It's a Mercedes lock-out and fourth successive pole position for the team. Nico Rosberg raises his hand out of the cockpit on his slow down lap after being told the news. The German has spent much of his life in Monaco, so he'll no doubt be delighted to have got pole on his doorstep.

  15. 1400: 
    Nico Rosberg


  16. 1359: 

    Mark Webber goes quickest in the Red Bull, but Lewis Hamilton crosses the line with a high 1m13 to move into P1. It doesn't last long, though, as Nico Rosberg beats his team-mate by 0.091 seconds.

  17. 1358: 

    "There's a problem with power," reports Jenson Button. "Just keep pushing", comes the reply from his team.

  18. 1357: 

    Kimi Raikkonen is told by his team that it's starting to rain again and it's only going to get worse so he needs to push on his first timed lap. This is all looking rather good for Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.

  19. 1356: 

    Championship leader Sebastian Vettel is really on it, dancing that Red Bull around this 3.340km track beautifully. It translates into lap time, with the German clocking a 1:14.333 to go quickest, four tenths quicker than team-mate Mark Webber.Fernando Alonso is fifth and Jenson Button eighth.

  20. 1355: 

    Lewis Hamilton wrestles P1 back, but his Mercedes team-mate steals it back by a couple of thousandths. It matters not, though, as Mark Webber tears two tenths out of the previous best to go fastest.

  21. 1354: 

    Mark Webber, winner here in two of the last three years, goes fastest, with Fernando Alonso slotting into third and Jean-Eric Vergne going fourth.

  22. 1353: 

    Kimi Raikkonen's first effort is an almost pedestrian 1:20.269. Unsurprisingly, that's well beaten by Lewis Hamilton who clocks a 1:15.790 in the Mercedes.

  23. 1352: 

    This is it. Ten men and one of the most prized pole positions in Formula 1.

  24. 1351: 
    Gerhard Berger and Michael Douglas at Monaco

    I mentioned earlier that Hollywood A-lister Michael Douglas was in the house. Well here's a shot of him with ex-Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger on the Red Bull floating motorhome.

  25. 1350: 

    It's a more sombre affair in the Lotus garage as Romain Grosjean shakes his head in disbelief at getting knocked out in Q2.

  26. 1349: 

    Hugs all round at Caterham as they celebrate a very impressive 15th place qualifying spot for Giedo van der Garde. The smiling Dutchman embraces team boss Cyril Abiteboul and team owner Tony Fernandes.


    David Tyrrell: Very exciting stuff and it's only Q2.

  28. 1347: 

    That's the first time in his career that Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne has made it into Q3. Good effort from the Frenchman in what is the closest thing he has to a home race.

  29. 1346: 

    1) Vettel 2) Raikkonen 3) Rosberg 4) Hamilton 5) Alonso 6) Sutil 7) Webber 8) Button 9) Vergne 10) Perez

  30. 1345: 

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Ricciardo 13) Grosjean 14) Bottas 15) Van der Garde 16) Maldonado

  31. 1344: 


  32. 1343: 

    Jenson Button is the last man across the line so he'll have the best conditions available to him. Fernando Alonso is now in the drop zone but he's on a lap. Can he save himself?

  33. 1342: 

    Kimi Raikkonen goes second to lift himself up out of the drop zone. Fernando Alonso can only manage sixth, but he'll get another lap.

  34. 1341: 

    Romain Grosjean goes quickest overall with a 1:18.603 which pushes his Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen into the drop zone. Oh the tension.

  35. 1339: 

    Fernando Alonso sensibly aborts his intermediate tyre run and dives in for a set of super-soft tyres. He's got just under three minutes remaining.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Paul has a habit of pushing it on to the team and he needs to tidy that up a little bit - I don't think he should point the finger so easily."


    Paul Di Resta, who qualified 17th, talking Jennie Gow on 5 live: "The tyres were working fine for me, the team failed to bring me in."

  38. 1337: 

    Both McLarens have gone for the super-soft dry tyres. Mercedes' driver Lewis Hamilton tells his team to prepare a set of the same boots for him, too. Expect the times to tumble.

  39. 1336: 

    Bottas, Van der Garde, Alonso, Sutil, Ricciardo and Maldonado are currently in the drop zone.

  40. 1335: 

    A dry line is forming here - will anyone take the gamble and put on a set of dry tyres? Nico Rosberg is our new leader, three tenths quicker than Mark Webber, with Jenson Button half a second further back in third.

  41. 1334: 

    I'm struggling to keep up here. Kimi Raikkonen goes quickest, but Sergio Perez then takes over before Jenson Button usurps them both. Even Giedo van der Garde is getting in on the act, popping his Caterham into fifth.

  42. 1333: 

    Nico Hulkenberg takes over at the top, but he's knocked off his perch by Sergio Perez and then Romain Grosjean. I daren't say it but could Grosjean take pole here today? He's looking pretty good at the moment. The rain has stopped so expect the lap times to keep tumbling.

  43. 1331: 

    Jenson Button grabs P1 with both hands, but the position is wrestled out of his hands by McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez. It's all change again, though as Nico Rosberg takes over top spot in the Mecedes.

  44. 1330: 

    Mark Webber goes quickest on, eighth tenths quicker than Nico Hulkenberg, with Sebastian Vettel a couple of tenths further back.


    Matthew Nesbitt: Feel bad for PDR, sounded pretty confident this morning. Kimi as well not doing too well.

  46. 1328: 

    It's intermediates again, as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel head out on track.

  47. 1327: 

    Heavier drops of rain are falling as the second part of qualifying gets under way.

  48. 1326: 

    That's the first time Valtteri Bottas has made it into Q2 in his career. It's a decent effort from Giedo van der Garde in the Caterham, too, who also makes it into Q2.


    Paul di Resta's Force India race engineer: "That's P17 Paul. I apologise for that. That was a mess." Di Resta replies: "You're joking?"

  50. 1324: 

    17) Paul di Resta 18) Charles Pic 19) Esteban Gutierrez 20) Max Chilton 21) Jules Bianchi 22) Felipe Massa

  51. 1323: 


  52. 1322: 


  53. 1321: 

    Out comes the chequered flag, but anyone on a flying lap can complete it. Paul di Resta is in the drop zone! Can the Scot rescue the situation?

  54. 1320: 

    As the track continues to dry, the times keep on tumbling. Pastor Maldonado goes quickest by three tenths. Gutierrez, Chilton, Sutil, Vergne, Bianchi and Massa are in the drop zone.

  55. 1319: 

    Valtteri Bottas has gone second fastest- impressive stuff from the Finn, but the real shocker is Romain Grosjean who going quickest by 0.001 seconds on his first flying lap. What a response from the Frenchman. Brilliant stuff.

  56. 1318: 

    Good news for Romain Grosjean - he's out on track after his Lotus team did a great job in fixing his car. It's not so good for Felipe Massa with BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard reporting that Ferrari have stopped work on the Brazilian's car. It looks like it's game over.

  57. 1316: 

    Lewis Hamilton clocks a 1:23.779 to go one second clear at the top from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel is third ahead of Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.


    Jenson Button's race engineer over team radio: "Keep pushing, Jenson." Button: "There's no point the rears are going."

  59. 1315: 

    Lewis Hamilton is currently in the drop zone, ahead of Giedo van der Garde, Max Chilton, Jules Bianchi, Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean.

  60. 1313: 

    Sebastian Vettel has nailed another corker, clocking a 1:25.352 to go 1.1 seconds quicker than Mark Webber, but Nico Rosberg knocks him off his perch by going half a second faster. It's fast and frantic in Monaco right now.


    Mark Webber over team radio: "Yes, mate. Still intermediate tyres - very wet at Turns Five and Six."

  62. 1312: 

    Encouraging news for Romain Grosjean who is sat in his Lotus as his team continue to work on his car. Felipe Massa has suited up, too, so there's every chance both these guys could be out on track in this session with less than eight minutes remaining.

    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "There's a very good chance we'll see a big name get eliminated in the first part of qualifying."

  64. 1310: 

    P1 is changing hands every couple of seconds at the moment as the rain finally stops and the track continues to improve. Mark Webber currently holds the top spot ahead of Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso.

  65. 1308: 

    Good stuff from the Williams drivers with Pastor Maldonado going third and Valtteri Bottas sixth.

  66. 1307: 

    Lewis Hamilton has leapt into the lead now, clocking 1:32.920, but he's then beaten by Sebastian Vettel in Red Bull. Maldonado, Rosberg, Chilton, Bianchi, Massa and Grosjean are currently in the drop zone.

  67. 1306: 

    Paul di Resta hits the top of the charts, eight tenths quicker than Mark Webber, but his time in P1 doesn't last long as Fernando Alonso gets into the 1m34s to go eight tenths faster. The lap times will keep tumbling as drivers get more confident about the slippery conditions.

  68. 1305: 

    Mark Webber goes fastest on the initial runs, 1.6 seconds quicker than Jenson Button, with Lewis Hamilton a further second back. There's lots of jostling for position as drivers battle to find some clear air to get an uninterrupted lap in.

  69. 1304: 

    We're under way on 5 live with James Allen, Gary Anderson, Allan McNish and Jennie Gow. You can listen by clicking to the right of this page. Mobile and Sport app users go back to your F1 home page, or listen through the iPlayer Radio app.

  70. 1303: 

    Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are all out there. In fact, the only two who aren't are Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean as their respective teams battle to get their cars fixed.

  71. 1301: 

    We've got drama already as Jules Bianchi stops out on track in his Marussia at Massenet with what looks like a mechanical problem. What a dreadful start to the session for the Frenchman.

  72. 1300: 

    We've got light rain at the moment, so it's no surprise to see a gaggle of cars file out onto the track straight away to get a banker lap.

  73. 1257: 

    It looks like the intermediate tyre is the rubber of choice for Q1, with Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo heading out to queue up at the end of the pit-lane.

  74. 1255: 

    This is your five-minute warning. Qualifying is almost upon us!


    Ferrari: Race against time to repair Felipe's car...same chassis, new gearbox. We hope to make it on time for Q1...

  76. 1250: 

    They call it the jewel in the crown of Formula 1, they say it's the one every driver wants to win, they believe it's one even the rich and famous are afraid to miss...

    Ahead of this weekend's 60th running of the Monaco Grand Prix, BBC Sport takes a look at the playground of the Europe's glitterati where the world's most intoxicating motor race rolls up at the end of May each year. Check it out on the F1 pages.


    Chris Lord: Changeable track conditions in Monaco, makes me drool with excitement!! "Anything happens in Grand Prix racing and it usually does.

  78. 1245: 

    After the initial shower, the rain has eased and there's no real need for an umbrella any more. Just 15 minutes to go until qualifying, folks.

  79. 1240: 

    At last, I've got news of a high quality celeb spot. It's Hollywood A-lister Michael Douglas, star of Wall Street and The Game, enjoy the hospitality of the F1 paddock.

  80. 1236: 

    How does an F1 driver warm up for qualifying in Monaco? If you're Nico Rosberg, it's kicking a ball about. Check out this picture which Mercedes tweeted.


    Mercedes: It's getting really cold too! #WhereIsMyRainJacket

  82. 1232: 

    This is going to be a fascinating qualifying session as the rain continues to fall on the streets of Monte Carlo. Mercedes won't be happy - they look to have the pace to lock-out the front row in the dry.


    Lotus reserve driver Jerome d'Ambrosio: Raining here in Monaco....will be an interesting quali!!!


    Mercedes: "There it is... properly raining in Monaco now!"

  85. 1229: 
    Lewis Hamilton helmet

    And sticking to the helmet chat theme, here's Lewis Hamilton's special Monaco lid which features himself with girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and his dog Roscoe.

    "Usually, the design is the same, but I like to do something special for Monaco," he said in his latest BBC Sport column. "It is my five-year anniversary with Nicole this weekend. She's here for the race and I wanted to do something special for her."

  86. 1226: 
    Fernando Alonso

    Fernando Alonso has tweaked his helmet design, too. It features a 32-piece puzzle to signify his 32 Formula 1 race wins. His two world titles - from 2005 and 2006 - are represented by hearts and diamonds on the back of the helmet and it will be auctioned off through his foundation to raise funds for road safety projects aimed at children.

  87. 1223: 
    Jean-Eric Vergne's Monaco helmet

    F1 drivers tend to change their helmets as often as their socks these days - often for no other reason than they fancied a change. But this weekend, Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne has tastefully painted his lid in the late Francois Cevert's colours to pay homage to the charismatic Frenchman who was killed during practice at Watkins Glen 40 years ago.

  88. 1220: 

    Who is your tip for pole position? Will Nico Rosberg top his fourth successive session this weekend and grab his third pole of the season? Can Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton hit back and take his second and Mercedes' fourth successive P1 slot? Will Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel or even Romain Grosjean - if he keeps it out of the barriers - spring a surprise and take pole? Or will the rain throw the formbook out the window? Tweet me using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those messages.

  89. 1217: 

    Here's how qualifying is going to work. The one hour is split into three sections - the first last 20 minutes and will see the slowest six cars ejected from the session. The second part is 15 minutes long and will see another six cars removed from the process. That leaves 10 to fight it out for pole in a 10-minute shoot-out.

  90. 1214: 

    Dark clouds continue to build over Monaco, with some suggesting that rain could fall in Q1. What a qualifying session we have in store, eh?

  91. 1212: 
    Adrian Sutil

    Adrian Sutil gave his Force India mechanics plenty to do during the break after hitting the barriers at Massenet.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Ferrari said the crash was down to driver error - he locked the front wheels over a bump. The team will need to change his gearbox, which will mean a five-place grid penalty if the car is repaired in time for qualifying. But that will be tight - with an hour to go, the team said that they were not expecting to have it finished until five or 10 minutes into the 20-minute first part of qualifying."

  93. 1209: 
    Felipe Massa

    The biggest of the three crashes in third practice was that of Ferrari's Felipe Massa at Sainte Devote, hitting the outside barrier on the entry to the corner before smashing into the impact-absorbing barriers in the run-off area.

  94. 1206: 

    It was a busy lunch hour for Ferrari, Lotus and Force India who had their work cut out to fix Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil's cars in time for qualifying which starts at 1300 BST.

  95. 1203: 

    Nico Rosberg was the toast of Monaco in third practice, topping the timesheets - like he's done all weekend - in his Mercedes, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Sebastian Vettel.

  96. 1200: 

    I'm fed, I'm watered and I'm ready for some Monaco Grand Prix qualifying action. Are you? Of course you are. Let's do this.

  97. 1125: 

    I'm off for a quick break - and a hot chicken baguette - but will be back at 1200 BST to begin building up to Monaco Grand Prix qualifying. Let's hope Ferrari, Lotus and Force India manage to work wonders so that we can have a full compliment of 22 cars ready to start qualifying. See you in a bit, folks.

  98. 1120: 

    Looking across the harbour and onto the hills, the dark cloud-cover that I mentioned earlier is gathering intensity. Is the rain coming in time for qualifying? That would spice up was it already shaping up to be a rather tasty one-hour shoot-out which starts at 1300 BST.

  99. 1116: 

    1) Rosberg 2) Grosjean 3) Vettel 4) Alonso 5) Hamilton 6) Raikkonen 7) Webber 8) Di Resta 9) Maldonado 10) Hulkenberg 11) Perez

    12) Button 13) Vergne 14) Ricciardo 15) Sutil 16) Massa 17) Gutierrez 18) Bottas 19) Pic 20) Van der Garde 21) Bianchi 22) Chilton

  100. 1111: 

    Well that was quite some session wasn't it? Not sure we've got a complete picture ahead of qualifying following all those accidents. Here's Andrew Benson's report. Stand by for how the full standings...


    Hazardous015: Is Romain going for a record of how many rebuilds he can cause in one session?

  102. 1108: 

    Mechanics at Ferrari, Lotus and Force India are going to have a very busy lunch hour ahead of qualifying, which starts at 1300, as they bid to fix Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil's damaged cars.

  103. 1106: 

    It's been a very mature and confident performance from Nico Rosberg this weekend. The German, with his father Keke looking on, has topped the times in all three sessions this weekend. And that 1:14.378 in third practice was really something else. Six tenths quicker than anyone else.

  104. 1105: 

    Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in third practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

  105. 1104: 

    The red flag is out because there's just too much debris at Turn One. Looks like that's end of session, then, as the clock clicks down.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "The politicking surrounding tyres has not been limited to their specification. Pirelli is also engaged in negotiations over its future in F1 - its contract runs out at the end of this season. Motorsport boss Paul Hembery effectively issued a threat this weekend for F1 to conclude negotiations quickly, saying time was running out because of the major rule changes for next year with the introduction of a new engine formula, which will have a dramatic effect on the tyres because of the significant changes it will make to power delivery and aerodynamics. Hembery said: 'Things are getting as far as we can see extremely serious.' And he made some very unsubtle references to things like 'maybe we won't be here'. There are rumours of a potential return by Michelin, which are not thought to be accurate, or an entry by South Korea's Hankook, but the smart money is on Pirelli staying."

  107. 1103: 

    Romain Grosjean is certainly quick round here, but he's just making too many mistakes. The Frenchman has given his team yet more work to do to repair that car again. He is fortunate that Lewis Hamilton, who is exiting the pit lane, doesn't hit him.

  108. 1101: 

    Romain Grosjean has got it all wrong at Turn One. The Lotus driver arrives simply too hot into the first corner and he can't slow it down in time. He hits the barriers on the outside of the corner and then bounces across the track to block the exit to the pit lane.

  109. 1059: 

    There's someone in the barriers at Turn One. Can you guess who it is?

  110. 1057: 

    Sebastian Vettel sets the best first sector of anybody and clocks a personal best in the middle but he has to abort the lap when he catches a painfully slow Marussia in the final part of the lap. Good pace from the reigning world champion, though. First time we've really seen him look that good all weekend.

    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Hamilton's under a little bit of pressure here because his Mercedes team-mate Rosberg has a swagger about him."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "As those who follow Formula 1 closely will know, there has been a great deal of politicking in recent days about whether the Pirelli tyres should be changed from the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks' time. Pirelli initially said they would be to try to ensure there were no more than three pit stops in races. But this was viewed as a sop to Red Bull and some teams objected. Governing body the FIA intervened, saying only changes to prevent the recent series of failures could be made. Only the rear tyres will be modified and, while the details are not completely finalised, Pirelli say the plan is to change the current steel belt for a Kevlar one. This will reduce the temperature the tyre runs at by about 5-10C. Both Pirelli and the teams believe any effect this has on the way the tyres operate will not be significant, although it may help Mercedes, who are having problems with rear tyre temperature, a little."

  113. 1054: 

    Kimi Raikkonen gets it wrong at Mirabeau and goes straight on into the run-off rather than heavily locking the tyre and risking going into the barrier. He engages reverse, under waved yellows, and rejoins the circuit.

  114. 1052: 

    Nico Rosberg tapped the barrier with the left rear of his Mercedes as he heads for the tunnel, but he survives the impact and goes on to clock a stunning 1:14.378 to go 0.673 seconds quicker than anyone else. The man is absolutely on it here this weekend. He looks unbeatable.

  115. 1050: 

    Romain Grosjean goes fastest in the Lotus on the super-soft tyres, clocking a 1:15.051 which is 0.210 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel managed on the soft rubber.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "McLaren, as everyone knows, have been struggling this season, but Jenson Button, eighth fastest on Thursday, was in a reasonably sunny mood, encouraged by the car's race pace even if he admitted their one-lap form was not that impressive. 'The pace of our long runs is surprisingly good,' he said, 'not that that matters around here when you're 1.2 seconds off the pace in qualifying. We're still not setting amazing times out there but I'm happier we are going in the right direction and I'm happier we can improve on Saturday from where we are at the moment."


    BBC F1 reporter Tom Clarkson: "Felipe Massa's manager Nicholas Todt asked me not to interview him, but said Massa's just been to the medical centre and he is fine."

  118. 1048: 

    Adrian Sutil got on the wrong side of the camber as he climbed up the hill and that just sucked him into the barriers. The rear end made contact first, and then front, ripping off the right front corner. A dejected Sutil gets out of his Force India and looks to be OK. Yellow flags are out as the marshals remove the car with crane.

  119. 1045: 

    More broken carbon fibre at the top of the hill as Adrian Sutil sticks the Force India in the barriers. Ouch.

    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "At 180 mph the car appears to more or less go straight into the barrier - he tries to turn the steering wheel but nothing happened. The car hit the Armco and pivoted to the right and smashed into the barrier.

    "He's feeling his right shoulder. He looks angry - that's the look of a man who's just had a car failure."


    Heidi Masters: Poor Felipe, hope the Ferrari can get the car turned around for his sake, he never has a lot of luck at Monaco.

  122. 1042: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The session is back under way as Felipe Massa walks back down the pit lane towards the Ferrari garage. "He looked very dejected as you would expect," says BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson.

  123. 1040: 

    Jennie Gow says that the chassis that Felipe Massa has just had an accident in was the 300th the team have ever made. The team now face a race against time to get that car ready for qualifying which starts at 1300 BST.

    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "The reaction was quite panicked in the Ferrari garage, and it took a long time to get the thumbs up over the radio."

  125. 1039: 

    The session has been red flagged. The marshals ask Felipe Massa to give them the thumbs up to let's them know he's OK. It takes the Brazilian some time to respond, but thankfully he does. That was a huge impact.

  126. 1037: 

    Replays show that the Brazilian's front wheels locked up and he went flying into the barrier before the first corner. The Ferrari then bounces across the track and into the barriers at the first corner, ripping four all four corners off the car. Big, big crash.



  128. 1033: 

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg goes second, 0.020 seconds off the pace set by Sebastian Vettel. Lewis Hamilton slots into third, two tenths further back.


    BBC F1 reporter Tom Clarkson: "The cloud is coming in from the ocean - the wind is picking up and the track temperature is going down."

  130. 1030: 

    Romain, Romain, what are you doing? The Frenchman stuck the car in the barriers in second practice on Thursday while on his super-soft tyre run, missing a stack of running time and giving his team plenty of work to do.

    Now he's gone an done it again, clipping the left rear on the barrier as he entered the chicane on the exit of the tunnel. It knocks the tyre of its rim and he's forced to tip toe back to the pits. The team are currently giving the car a good looking over and will be hoping there's no damage to the suspension. Grosjean can't afford to miss track time.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has had a low-key season this year, apart from a third place in Bahrain, but in Monaco he has finally made an impact very similar to the one he did in his first full season in 2012. In Thursday practice, he was very quick - substantially faster than team-mate Kimi Raikkonen - but he also crashed, wiping off his front-left corner at Sainte Devote early in the second session and missing out on both a qualifying simulation run and race preparation. On the lap times they set on Thursday, Grosjean would be expected to out-qualify Raikkonen on Saturday afternoon. Can the Frenchman recover from the psychological blow of his accident and deliver?"

  132. 1027: 

    Mark Webber, winner of this race in two of the last three years, goes second quickest, half a second slower than his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso slots into fourth with his first effort of the day.

  133. 1025: 

    Williams driver Pastor Maldonado goes second. Crikey, the Venezuelan really does love this circuit doesn't he. Meanwhile Fernando Alonso has just started a flying lap on the soft tyres.

  134. 1022: 

    Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel is our new leader, dancing that Red Bull beautifully across the kerbs in the Swimming Pool section. The German clocks a 1:15.791, which is a second slower than the benchmark pace on Thursday.


    Williams: Some aero data gathering then tyre and set-up work ahead of qualifying here in.

  136. 1019: 

    Talking of Sebastian Vettel, the championship leader has just gone second quickest in the Red Bull, two tenths slower than pace-setter Nico Hulkenberg in the Sauber.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Time was when the presence of Sebastian Vettel on the front of the grid was almost a given, but in Monaco the world champion appeared to be struggling on Thursday - he was down in ninth place after second practice and insiders muttered about a grumpy world champion behind the scenes. Vettel admitted there would be some head scratching before Saturday. 'We'd like to be a little bit more competitive in low-fuel configuration so we need to find some more lap time there,' he said. 'My (short) run on super-soft was very poor. We need to understand why I wasn't able to improve which you should be able to quite easily, after that we did a long run on super-soft and it seemed quite OK.'"


    Kris and Anna: "En route to Monaco we had croissants and coffee in the car."

  139. 1015: 

    Jean-Eric Vergne moves into P1 in the Toro Rosso, slicing a mere 0.052 seconds off Esteban Gutierrez's leading pace. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel cruises out of the pit lane in the Red Bull.

  140. 1010: 

    This is turning into the Esteban Gutierrez show early on. The Mexican gets down into the high 1m17 - still nothing spectacular - to keep him in P1 ahead of the Caterham's of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde. Jean-Eric Vergne, Max Chilton, Jules Bianchi and Nico Hulkenberg are the only other drivers to have set a lap time.


    Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff: "The car is pretty quick on one lap, but I think the competitors don't sleep - so i think it'll be a tough one."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Next fastest man after the Mercedes on Thursday was Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who looked fantastic around the streets, a track where he always excels. But the Spaniard was cautious about his prospects. 'Even if the feelings are positive and we got through the day without any problems whatsoever, we still don't have a clear idea of the pecking order in the field.' Alonso made it clear on Wednesday that his main focus was beating title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, although he did admit that a win at Monaco was 'for sure a good motivation'."


    Caterham owner Tony Fernandes: "I'll take credit from bringing the sunshine here from Malaysia. We have very good race pace. We're not so sure about the one lap which is probably the most crucial thing here, but things are moving in the right direction."

  144. 1005: 

    Sauber's Esteban Guiterrez has improved to a 1:18.608, which is a bit better. The Mexican is the only man to have set a flier so far. The big guns look content to sit in their garage for the moment.


    Ferrari's test driver Marc Gene: "Maybe we put a bit less fuel in for this session than normal. It's important to have the car similar to qualifying. If you normally have 30 kilos, maybe today you have 20 today. We're going OK. We don't have the pace on a single lap compared to Mercedes, but we'll see how it goes."

  146. 1002: 

    It's installation laps for most, but Esteban Gutierrez in the Sauber gets straight down to business. The Mexican goes quickest with an uninspiring 1:26.137.

  147. 1000: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Ah, the roar of a V8 engine. That can only mean one thing - third practice is up and running!


    Michael Pilkington: Interesting to see who will be able to get some clean air on Sunday - you'd have to think someone could pass the Mercedes in 78 laps.

  149. 0955: 

    The BBC Radio 5 live commentary team are up and running with their online-only broadcast. You can listen to James Allen, Allan McNish, Gary Anderson, Jennie Gow and Tom Clarkson by clicking the link to the right. Mobile and Sport app users go to your F1 home page.

  150. 0953: 

    Monte Carlo is looking resplendent, the circuit basking in glorious sunshine under clear blue sky. But hanging heavy in the distance are some pretty menacing clouds. Could the weather play a part today?

  151. 0950: 

    The beautiful people are taking their places on the various balconies which hover above the daunting 3.340km Monte Carlo track as we approach the start of third practice. Over in the pit lane, it's time to suit up, helmet on and visor down ready for the start of third practice.


    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton: Good Morning, Rise & Shine! Have an amazing day. let's go!

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Since long before the teams arrived in Monaco, the expectation has been that Mercedes would lock out the front row - and the pace of the silver cars in practice on Thursday did little to change that perception. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were first and second fastest. Hamilton admitted: 'It's not looking bad at the moment.' Rosberg added: 'We know we're in the hunt for a good result in qualifying.' It will be a surprise if there is not an all-Mercedes front row. Both men know that race pace is still, as Rosberg put it, 'a concern' but even on that front things were looking much better than normal in the race-simulations runs in second practice. Their tyre drop-off per lap was among the best and pace looked decent, too. This could be a very good weekend for Mercedes."

  154. 0946: 
    Chris Evans and Felipe Massa

    Monaco usually attracts the celebrities, but the best celeb spot I can scrub up so far is BBC broadcaster Chris Evans. He met a few of the drivers in the pit lane on Friday, including Ferrari's Felipe Massa. On bumping into each other, Massa went for the formal handshake while Evans chose the more casual double high-five. Awkward.

  155. 0942: 

    Before that, though, we've got the small matter of third and final practice. It's one hour of running and a final chance for teams to fine-tune their machines before qualifying hour. That gets under way at 1000 BST, so that gives 18 minutes to grab a fresh brew and get your breakfast sorted.

    In honour of it being Monaco, I had smoked salmon and eggs. Any one beat that? Tweet me using the #bbcf1 hashtag or by texting 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those messages.

  156. 0939: 

    Thursday's practice was all about one man - Nico Rosberg. The Mercedes driver and Monaco resident was in sensational form on his doorstep, blitzing the timesheets in both first and second practice to leave his Silver Arrow sitting pretty. His team-mate Lewis Hamilton wasn't too far off, though and either were the Ferraris or Lotuses. So it's still very much game on for qualifying later today.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Since BBC Sport arrived in Monaco on Wednesday, the weather has been Cote d'Azur-perfect - cloudless blue skies, if a little cooler than might have been expected. Saturday, though, dawned light grey, and there is a chance of rain, although the sun has broken out this morning. Wet weather could throw an extra wildcard into an already unpredictable qualifying session later on Saturday. On the face of it, the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are strong favourites for the front row. But behind them Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel was out-of-sorts on Thursday, admitting to struggling for pace, the fastest Lotus driver was Romain Grosjean not Kimi Raikkonen, and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, whose car can rarely compete for ultimate single-lap pace, looked a real contender at the front. It should be a fascinating day on one of the greatest race tracks in the world."

  158. 0936: 

    Morning all. Welcome to our live coverage of third practice and qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix on the streets of Monte Carlo.

  159. 0933: 
    Fernando Alonso

    Yep, unlike any other race on the calendar, drivers and the teams get Friday off in Monaco - as practice is held on a Thursday to minimise disruption in the principality ahead of the weekend.

    That leaves the drivers free to meet fans and sign a couple of autographs, fulfil sponsorship commitments, entertain celebrities and attend briefings ahead of today's action.

  160. 0930: 

    It was party time in Monaco on Thursday night as anyone who is anyone found themselves sipping champagne on a luxury yacht. Force India's owner Vijay Mallya hosted a plush party onboard his boat while Red Bull turned their floating energy station - complete with DJ and swimming pool - into party central. It's just as well they all had Friday off.

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After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham