Monaco Grand Prix qualifying as it happened

Text and video highlights of qualifying for the Monaco GP, where Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position.

24 May 2014 Last updated at 09:33

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As it happened

  1. 17:05: 
    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    Lewis Hamilton could barely bring himself to make eye contact with team-mate Nico Rosberg following qualifying today. There was no handshake after the session, no arm around the shoulder from Hamilton for the top three photo.

    The 2008 world champion even kept his answers short in the news conference. Very short. Perhaps he'll do his talking on the track tomorrow. Until then, it's good afternoon from me.

  2. 17:00: 

    I'll be back at 12:00 BST tomorrow to bring you live coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix and the latest chapter in the Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg battle. The race starts at 13:00 BST with coverage on BBC Radio 5 live.

  3. 16:55: 
    Nico Rosberg

    So I'm going to leave it there, folks. Thanks for your company and sticking with me as we gathered reaction to the Nico Rosberg incident. Stay across the F1 pages and Twitter feed @bbcf1 for all the latest developments from the Monaco paddock.

    And don't forget qualifying highlights are on BBC One at 17:25 BST today.

  4. 16:50: 

    When asked if he was uncomfortable about the incident, Nico Rosberg: "Of course I need to apologise for having ruined his [Lewis Hamilton's] lap. But that's the way it is." Check out the F1 pages for the latest on the incident.

  5. 16:46: 

    Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff said: "I don't think anybody does that deliberately in modern Formula 1. He [Rosberg] missed his braking, which was in order to beat his team mate, and he took the exit.

    "That's it. There is nothing to add. That moment is very intense when you lose out in qualifying to your team mate, but give it half an hour and he will have calmed down."

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    Quest McLaren: That was a very cunning and deliberate move by Rosberg. If it was a mistake, he should have stayed away from the track, but reversed back to ensure the yellow flags stayed on! Top it off with a celebration just to rub it in on Lewis...I can't wait for the first corner tomorrow!

    Ziad ElBarcelonisma: Nico Rosberg cheat. Really lost a lot of respect for him today after seeing his smug face in the press conference. Go Lewis

    Debs Bream: It's easy to be cynical, but if anything it's a hollow victory. Real victory comes from beating the opposition fairly. Feel for all out on track for the end of Q3

  7. 16:40: 

    Lewis Hamilton currently leads the standings on 100 points, three clear of Nico Rosberg. Fernando Alonso is third on 49 points. In the constructors' championship, Mercedes lead the way with 197 points, 113 clear of Red Bull.

  8. 16:36: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg is the only driver to have featured on the podium in all races this season. If he were demoted to the back of the field, that record will almost certainly come to an end.

  9. 16:29: 

    If you're just joining us, Mercedes have been summoned to the race stewards to present their case with regards Nico Rosberg's off at the Mirabeau corner which brought out the yellow flags and meant Lewis Hamilton could not improve. We're still awaiting a decision. Based on previous investigations, it could be a long wait...

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    Amila: That's what happens when you have two roosters under one roof

    Russ Turner: Once again it's the #F1 rules which are at fault NR was at the end of the escape road no need for yellows

    David Phillips: Rosberg deserved a 5 place penalty for a clumsy mistake that only affected the rest of the drivers.

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    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow
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    "On @bbc5live - I said 'Did he [ROS] do that to screw you over?' and Lewis Hamilton's reply was 'Potentially' and then he laughed."

  12. 16:22: 

    We have a decision from the stewards! But it's not the one we're really after. Marcus Ericsson will start from the pit lane tomorrow after colliding with Felipe Massa during qualifying.

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    Mercedes: We love the passion in #F1 and clearly emotions are running high this afternoon from many of you! The stewards are looking at the facts at the moment and we will inform you when we know more. Our post session report will be slightly delayed today, but we hope to clear up any questions you have then.

  14. 16:15: 

    Here is the juicier video, though, which shows the moment Nico Rosberg goes off track and into the escape road. Fast forward to about five and a half minutes.

  15. 16:10: 

    If you can't wait until the highlights show, here's a video of Nico Rosberg's pole position lap - before he went off track to cause the controversy.

  16. 16:05: 

    Keke Rosberg, father of Nico, called Michael Schumacher a "cheap cheat" after the German deliberately stopped out on track in 2006 Monaco Grand Prix qualifying. "It was the worst thing I have seen in Formula 1," he added in quote from the Daily Telegraph. "I thought he had grown up. He should leave F1 to honest people."

  17. 15:57: 

    News just in: Mercedes representatives will meet the stewards at 16:15 BST to give their side of the story with regards the Nico Rosberg incident.

  18. 15:51: 
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    BBC Radio 5 live pit lane reporter Jennie Gow asks Lewis Hamilton: "Are you even more like Senna and Prost now? Hamilton replies: "Essentially."

    Will you have to sit down and sort it out? Hamilton says: "I don't know if Senna and Prost sat down and talked it out. I quite like the way Senna dealt with it, so I'm going to take a page out of his book."

    What a race we have in store tomorrow, folks.

  19. 15:45: 
    Michael Schumacher

    Eight years ago, Michael Schumacher was stripped of pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix and demoted to last after race stewards decided the German deliberately stopped on the track after running wide, stopping rivals setting a faster time. the inquiry took EIGHT hours.

  20. 15:41: 

    Nico Rosberg says he is "surprised" that the stewards are investigating the incident, adding: "They'll see in the data it is all very similar to the lap before and I just locked up the front tyre."

  21. 15:37: 

    Mercedes and Nico Rosberg have been summoned to the stewards' office.

  22. 15:32: 

    When asked about the fact its a tense time in the Mercedes team with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battling for the title, Niki Lauda adds: "I fully agree. I think there might be some more discussions later today or tomorrow morning, I agree this thing is building up over there, but from my point of view nothing wrong on Nico's side. Lewis was now four or five times quicker than Nico and now Nico's quicker so what is wrong about that."

  23. 15:31: 

    Here are the thoughts of Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. When asked if there was there anything suspicious or malicious with regards the Rosberg incident, the Austraian three-time world champion says: "Not at all.

    "If you look at it the way I look at it, he tried to go quicker, braked too late, the right front wheel locked, tried to go into the corner and not to crash he had to go left. So this is very simple to explain. So it's very simple to explain. He tried to go quicker and he braked too late. These things can happen. They happen to a lot of other people but there's nothing wrong about it."

  24. 15:28: 
    Felipe Massa

    Lewis Hamilton won't be the only unhappy man in Monaco right now. Felipe Massa very kindly moved out of the way of Marcus Ericsson, who was on a hot lap, but was rewarded by being punted off into the barriers after the Caterham driver outbraked himself. The Brazilian then spent the rest of the session sat on the sidelines.

  25. 15:24: 

    The stewards have a busy afternoon ahead. As well as the Nico Rosberg incident, they are also investigating the Felipe Massa-Marcus Ericsson crash and potential blocking incidents between Force India's Sergio Perez and Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez and Lotus' Pastor Maldonado and Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi.

  26. 15:19: 

    Here's Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen on the Romberg-Hamilton incident: "I am not here to judge anybody and say what was true and what was not. He knows himself. It is hard to say was it a mistake or not."

  27. 15:12: 
    Monaco GP

    So will Nico Rosberg get penalised not for seemingly making a mistake and ending up in the escape road but for then reversing out of it towards the race track, thus keeping the yellow flags out for longer?

  28. 15:07: 

    I've got some more from Nico Rosberg, this time focusing on the aspect of him reversing back up the escape road. "Of course I'm sorry for Lewis," he says. "I didn't know exactly where he was but once I was reversing I did see he was coming up. Of course that's not great, but that's the way it is."

  29. 15:00: 

    You would be mad to miss our qualifying highlights show on BBC One at 17:25 BST. It'll have all the best on-track action plus the juiciest interviews and analysis.

  30. 14:55: 

    If Rosberg is penalised, he'll be annoyed. If he's not penalised, Hamilton will be annoyed. Whatever happens, someone is going to be unhappy.

  31. 14:50: 

    The stewards will be going through the data now. Let's hope we get a quick decision. Will one of the questions they ask be why did Nico Rosberg start reversing out of the escape road towards the track when there was so little time left in qualifying? His chances of setting a better lap time were over.

  32. 14:45: 

    Here's a great line from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo when speaking to BBC Radio 5 live pit lane reporter Jennie Gow after qualifying. "I thought I'd be the miserable one in the presser.....it was a bit awkward," he said.

  33. 14:40: 

    Derek Warwick is the FIA driver steward this weekend. He and his team have a tough call to make. Did Rosberg make a mistake or deliberately drive into the escape road? And should he be penalised for reversing back onto track, thus keeping the yellow flags out?

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    Amin Elhassan: Nico Rosberg definitely cheated. No one can mess up a lap that much after doing so well. He knew that Lewis Hamilton would catch him up, and that is why he did it.

    Angela Mikola: Body language says everything... Nico, Nico that wasn't fair play!

    Joseph Cooper: People saying Rosberg needed to be more ruthless...well there we go. Hamilton's pure speed will mean over the course of the year he will pick up the majority of poles.

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    Multiple Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy: Whether Rosberg 'did a Schumi' or not, it's going to make for an exciting race tomorrow!

  36. 14:34: 
    QUALIFYING RESULT

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Ricciardo 4) Vettel 5) Alonso 6) Raikkonen 7) Vergne 8) Magnussen 9) Kvyat 10) Perez

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Button 13) Bottas 14) Grosjean 15) Maldonado 16) Massa

    17) Gutierrez 18) Sutil 19) Bianchi 20) Chilton 21) Kobayashi 22) Ericsson

  37. 14:30: 
    Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo

    Here's Andrew Benson's developing qualifying report. As the day goes on, it will include the best quotes from the Monaco paddock.

  38. 14:28: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Race officials have launched an investigation into the incident where Nico Rosberg went off track, bringing out the yellow flags which meant Lewis Hamilton could not improve.

  39. 14:26: 

    On Thursday, Lewis Hamilton said Nico Rosberg is not as hungry for the title as him. I wonder how he feels about that today.

  40. 14:23: 

    Stepping aside from the developing Mercedes story, here's Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo's thoughts following a very impressive third place on the grid.

    "I think all three of us don't seem to be too pleased with ourselves," he says. "I think we all feel that we've left something on the table. I fought the car all the way round in qualifying - in turn eight I lost it and the lap was pretty much gone after that."

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    James Baker: Get the fastest lap. Crash with 2 minutes to spare. Cause a yellow flag. No one can improve on their time. Take pole. Great tactics!

    Simon Lynwood: If Rosberg really took a dive, it was far more convincing than Schumi's in '06. I'd expect him to be more sheepish if he did though.

    James Shepherd: Told you Hamilton and Rosberg's relationship wouldn't stay rosy for long.

  42. 14:19: 

    Turn One tomorrow is going to be VERY interesting.

  43. 14:17: 

    Could this be the beginning of the end for the relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg?

  44. 14:15: 

    When asked for a response to Rosberg's apology, Hamilton shrugs his shoulders and says: "I don't have an answer to it."

  45. 14:14: 

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who can't stop smiling, adds: "Of course I'm sorry for Lewis. I didn't know exactly where he was but once I was reversing I did see he was coming up. Of course that's not great, but that's the way it is."

  46. 14:13: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg, who starts on pole: "No not [an ideal way to end qualifying.] I thought it was over - I thought the track would ramp up and someone else could beat my time. I'm happy it worked out. Pole at home is fantastic - it couldn't be better."

  47. 14:12: 

    Lewis Hamilton can barely bring himself to speak when he is told it was ironic that Rosberg's incident meant no one else could improve. "Yeah, it's ironic," he says in reference to Rosberg taking pole having brought out the yellow flags which forced Hamilton to back off. "It was OK, I was up a couple of tenths, it was OK."

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    Miles: What an unfortunate 'mistake' by Rosberg, how terrible for him.

    Daniel Godly: Now…did Rosberg do that on purpose...

    Paddy Murphy: Bad sport from Rosberg celebrating that pole, he stopped Hamilton from taking it with a mistake, should be more humble than that.

  49. 14:08: 
    Monaco GP

    Lewis Hamilton does not look happy as they pose for the top three photo. His mood does not improve as they take their place in the news conference.

  50. 14:05: 

    Just seen a replay of that Nico Rosberg incident, where he made a mistake at Mirabeau bringing out the yellow flags.

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard says that Rosberg would have known Hamilton was fastest in that sector. I'm expecting some conspiracy theories. Could Rosberg have done that deliberately? Would he?

  51. 14:04: 
    THE TOP 10

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Ricciardo 4) Vettel 5) Alonso 6) Raikkonen 7) Vergne 8) Magnussen 9) Kvyat 10) Perez

  52. 14:03: 

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton's wait for a first pole position in Monaco continues.

  53. 14:02: 
    POLE POSITION
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    Nico Rosberg takes pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix.

  54. 14:01: 

    Lewis Hamilton is going to be the last man to cross the line but he's backed out of it which means...

  55. 14:00: 
    YELLOW FLAG

    We have yellow flags at Mirabeau where Rosberg went off which means an improvement for anyone else will be difficult.

  56. 13:59: 

    I just said to my colleagues that I felt Nico Rosberg is going to take pole today and seconds later, the German slides off into the escape road! Oops.

  57. 13:58: 

    Jenson Button, who qualified 12th, on BBC Radio 5 live: "I just didn't get a lap together. Q1 was good, Q2 I had traffic with Vergne, But everybody had traffic - I just didn't get a lap together."

  58. 13:57: 

    Tyre changes done. Everyone is back out on track. Three minutes remaining.

  59. 13:56: 
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    Felipe Massa speaking about the crash with Marcus Ericsson in Q1 on BBC Radio 5 live: "I gave him the space and he went over my car. I don't know what more there is to say. The race tomorrow will be very tough. I feel disappointed."

  60. 13:55: 

    Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo head back to the pits for a new set of tyres ready for one final shoot-out.

  61. 13:54: 

    Nico Rosberg wins the first battle, the German clocking a 1:15.989. Lewis Hamilton can't beat that, slotting into second 0.059 seconds off the pace. Daniel Ricciardo is third fastest, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

  62. 13:53: 

    Jean-Eric Vergne sets the initial pace with a 1:18.030 on a scrubbed set of super-soft tyres.

  63. 13:52: 

    Sebastian Vettel is told that the Toro Rossos are doing two timed laps, which is the same programme that Vettel is on.

  64. 13:51: 

    Everyone is out on track for their first attempt at a flying lap in Q3.

  65. 13:50: 

    Sergio Perez is the first man out of the pits in the Force India. This session will last 12 minutes.

  66. 13:48: 
    FINAL QUALIFYING STARTS

    Let the duel for pole position begin...

  67. 13:46: 
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    Here is a shot of Marcus Ericsson in the barriers, after he took out Felipe Massa in Q1.

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    Henry: Two Toro Rossos into Q3? What a day Kvyat and Vergne are having!

    Colin Edmunds: How much longer will McLaren put up with excuses from Button? Alonso could push the car around faster than Button can drive it!

  69. 13:44: 
    IN

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Alonso 5) Ricciardo 6) Raikkonen 7) Kvyat 8) Magnussen 9) Vergne 10) Perez

  70. 13:43: 
    OUT

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Button 13) Bottas 14) Grosjean 15) Maldonado 16) Massa

  71. 13:42: 
    CHEQUERED FLAG

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

  72. 13:41: 
    SECOND QUALIFYING ENDS

    Jenson Button is out of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

  73. 13:40: 

    Great final lap from Jean-Eric Vergne who goes eighth quickest, which pushes Nico Hulkenberg into the drop zone and out of qualifying as he's already seen the chequered flag.

  74. 13:39: 

    Lewis Hamilton goes quickest of all in the middle sector and a solid final sector sees him go quickest with a 1:16.354, one tenth quicker than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

  75. 13:38: 

    Sergio Perez goes eighth fastest, pushing McLaren's Jenson Button into the drop zone. The McLaren is still out there so has a lap, maybe two left to improve.

  76. 13:37: 

    We have 15 cars out on track, with Nico Rosberg still fastest ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

  77. 13:36: 

    Only three minutes remaining, with Vergne, Grosjean, Perez, Bottas, Maldonado and Massa in the drop zone.

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    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow

    "I know what's wrong with Vettel - he has lost Kers."

  79. 13:34: 

    Sebastian Vettel doesn't sound very happy, the German twice reporting an issue with his car over the radio. The reigning world champion is currently fourth fastest. "This needs to be sorted out," he says.

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    Jeremiah Kariuki: Sauber is a shadow of the 2013 car! They can't even have a single driver going past Q3! Sutil seemed to be good in Force India!

    Tokunbo: Ericsson shouldn't be driving tomorrow. He can't handle Monaco!

  81. 13:32: 

    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton head back to the pits with eight minutes remaining. Perez, Bottas, Grosjean, Maldonado, Vettel and obviously Massa are in the drop zone.

  82. 13:31: 
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    Fernando Alonso (pictured) goes fourth, 0.6 seconds off the pace, with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen a tenth further adrift in fifth.

  83. 13:30: 

    It's advantage Nico Rosberg, the German clocking a 1:16.682, which is 0.035 seconds quicker than Lewis Hamilton can manage. Daniel Ricciardo is third, half a second off the pace.

  84. 13:27: 

    BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson reports that Williams will not be able to get Felipe Massa's car back to the pits during this session, so he'll take no further part. More bad luck for the Brazilian.

  85. 13:25: 
    SECOND QUALIFYING STARTS

    Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton out of the garage once more. He parks up at the pit exit, waiting for the green light. Neither Mercedes required the super-soft tyre to get through to Q2.

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    Marussia (refering to yellow flags for Ericsson's mistake): That's a shame. Left us with no chance of improving. P19 for Jules. P20 for Max.

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    Daydream Books: Am I seeing things a McLaren in front of a Red Bull during Qualifying.

    Paul English: I think Vettel's at risk here as everyone else on super softs. Could be close.

    Ahmed: Haha Mr Ericsson looks like he's still feeling the effect of last night's party swerve.

  88. 13:23: 
    IN

    1) Vergne 2) Rosberg 3) Hamilton 4) Alonso 5) Button 6) Ricciardo 7) Raikkonen 8) Magnussen 9) Perez 10) Massa 11) Grosjean 12) Vettel 13) Bottas 14) Hulkenberg 15) Maldonado 16) Kvyat

  89. 13:21: 

    Felipe Massa pulled over to the side of the track in the Williams. The Brazilian made it through to Q2, but thanks to Marcus Ericsson's clumsiness, it looks like his qualifying is over. Not the Swede's finest moment.

  90. 13:20: 
    OUT

    17) Gutierrez 18) Sutil 19) Bianchi 20) Chilton 21) Kobayashi 22) Ericsson

  91. 13:18: 
    FIRST QUALIFYING ENDS
    Jean-Eric Vergne

    Jean-Eric Vergne finishes fastest in the first part of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

  92. 13:17: 

    What is Marcus Ericsson playing at? Felipe Massa gives the Caterham room at Mirabeau, but Ericsson comes in too hot and slides into the Brazilian sending both into the barriers.

  93. 13:16: 

    Super stuff from Jean-Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso, the Frenchman going quickest with a 1:17.557 on the super-soft tyre. That'll be enough to get him through to Q2.

  94. 13:15: 
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    With three minutes to go, Adrian Sutil, Jules Bianchi, Max Chilton, Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson are in the drop zone.

  95. 13:14: 

    Huge tyre screech as Kevin Magnussen battles to slow his McLaren down into the first corner. He manages it, just, but that is the lap ruined. His team-mate Jenson Button goes third on the super-softs, two tenths off the pace.

  96. 13:13: 
    Monaco GP

    BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson reports that Mercedes have sent Lewis Hamilton (pictured) and Nico Rosberg have sent their drivers out on the soft tyres, so they obviously feel pretty confident. Ferrari are less so, sending Kimi Raikkonen out on the super-softs.

  97. 13:11: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes fifth fastest on the soft tyres. The Force Indias have swapped to the super-soft tyres as they're both currently in the drop zone. Daniel Ricciardo is currently third for Red Bull, four tenths off the pace.

  98. 13:10: 

    With eight minutes remaining, Nico Hulkenberg, Max Chilton, Sergio Perez, Kamui Kobayashi, Marcus Ericsson and Daniil Kvyat are in the drop zone.

  99. 13:09: 

    Daniel Ricciardo goes fifth fastest in the Red Bull, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel 20th.

  100. 13:07: 

    Nico Rosberg improves again, the German clocking a 1:17.678, with Lewis Hamilton closing to 0.209 seconds. Romain Grosjean pops into third with Lotus, three tenths quicker than team-mate Pastor Maldonado in fourth. Both Red Bulls are out on track now.

  101. 13:06: 
    SPIN!

    Daniil Kvyat loses the rear end coming out of the tunnel, the Toro Rosso spins with the front wing making contact with the barriers and ripping off the nose. The rest of the car looks undamaged, though, and the Russian is able to retreat back to the pits.

  102. 13:05: 

    Everyone is out on track apart from the two Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. Nico Rosberg goes quickest with a 1:17.938, with Lewis Hamilton tucking into second, eight tenths off the pace.

  103. 13:04: 

    Pastor Maldonado sets the early pace, a 1:20.045 puts him top of the pile, two tenths quicker than Felipe Massa with Jean-Eric Vergne in third.

  104. 13:03: 

    Nico Rosberg clocks a 1:25.256 to go quickest, but he's bumped down when Lewis Hamilton does a 1:22.837. Both pretty slow times, though.

  105. 13:01: 

    If all the cars are out on track, there would be a maximum of just 75m between them. Busy, busy, busy.

  106. 13:00: 
    FIRST QUALIFYING STARTS

    Here we go, then. It's time for qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton out of the pits.

  107. 12:58: 

    Nico Rosberg is first out of the garage, the Mercedes driver rolling down the pit lane and stopping at the pit lane exit in anticipation of the green light. Traffic will be an issue in this session, so if you're first out, you'll have a clear track ahead of you.

  108. 12:55: 

    Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers standings on 100 points, three clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Fernando Alonso is the next closest in third, but he has less than half the points of Hamilton with 49. Check out the full standings here.

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    Matthew Myers: Prediction time... P1 ROS, P2 RIC, P3 HAM

    Kehinde Akala: Hmmmm. Am liking every bit of this. Tipping Ricc and Vet for a podium finish.

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

    "Lewis Hamilton beat Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.05secs in final practice this morning and adding up each driver's best sector times from P3 to get a theoretical best lap, it's even closer, with Hamilton on top from the Red Bull by just 0.023secs. The times look like this: Hamilton 1:16.696; Ricciardo 16.719; Rosberg 1:16.802; Vettel 16.969; Alonso 17.277; Raikkonen 17.448. This qualifying session looks like it will be decided by the finest of margins."

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    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "The estimated cut-off time for getting through Q1 is a one minute 17.5, but the teams are bit vague about it because there has not really been enough running - because of the rain on Thursday afternoon - to be sure, so it might be an 18.0.

    "It's possible the very fastest cars could get through without using the super-soft tyre but because there is as much as two seconds between the two tyres you would be taking a big risk to try it. Fernando Alonso was just telling me that Ferrari are going to sit in the pits for the first part of Q1 and then probably go out after everyone has done their first runs."

  112. 12:50: 

    This is the shortest and slowest race circuit on the F1 calendar, but at some points on the track, the drivers will hit speeds of 180mph. "The pressure is on from the moment you enter the gates of the circuit," says BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard.

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    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard
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    "@suziperry and the mad Irishman are ready for F1 qualy."

  114. 12:46: 

    The 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg is chatting to ex-Ferrari and McLaren driver Gerhard Berger in the pit lane while watching the teams begin their final preparations ahead of qualifying.

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    Wales international and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey: Off to Monaco for one of the great sporting events of the year to support @LewisHamilton

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:
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    "You can get quite close to the cars here. This is the apex of Tabac."

  117. 12:43: 

    A good omen for Lewis Hamilton, who as previously mentioned has never started on pole in Monaco, is that no driver currently on the grid has taken pole more than once in Monaco. Rosberg, Vettel, Button, Massa, Alonso and Raikkonen are those to have started on P1.

  118. 12:39: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    So far this year, only a Mercedes has had the honour of starting on pole position. Lewis Hamilton has four to his name, Nico Rosberg one. Hamilton has never taken pole in Monaco, although his victory in 2008 was the most recent occasion a driver not starting from pole has gone on to win the Monaco GP. The Briton started third that year.

  119. 12:36: 

    So qualifying starts at 13:00, with the session split into three sessions as usual. Six drivers will get knocked out in the first, another six in the second, leaving 10 to fight it out for pole position. Traffic will be a big issue when all 22 cars are out on track, so there could be a shock exit early on.

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  121. 12:32: 
    Justin Bieber

    Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniil Kvyat, Adrian Sutil, Esteban Gutierrez, Jules Bianchi and Marcus Ericsson were also in action in front of a crowd which featured popstar Justin Bieber.

  122. 12:29: 
    Max Chitlon with Chloe Roberts

    Max Chilton, pictured here with his girlfriend Chloe, was one of a number of drivers who strutted their stuff on the catwalk as part of a charitable fashion show in Monaco last night.

  123.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "It will be interesting to watch Lotus' progress on this qualifying day. The team are finally in a position where they can exploit the potential of the car, after a troubled start to the season. So far, its strength has been in the faster corners rather than the slower ones that abound in Monaco.

    "But Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are both very good around this track - if also both historically prone to incidents and accidents - and the team have a new front wing to run, which did only an installation lap on Thursday to ensure it was not damaged. Either might be in with a shout of repeating Grosjean's fifth place on the grid in Spain two weeks ago."

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    Douglas Gonzalez: It's going to be a tight one. But that's what we want to see.

    Rushil Kesa: Let's keep that sound setting you used for Lewis's practice start for the main race..

    Fred Betros: I don't think any of the top 6 got a clean lap at the end. You are brave if you rule any of them out for pole.

  125. 12:23:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    We have coverage of qualifying on BBC Radio 5 live this afternoon, with James Allen, Allan McNish and Jennie Gow hitting the airwaves at 13:00 BST. You can listen by clicking the link at the top of this page at said time.

  126. 12:20: 
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    For those who slept in this morning and missed final practice, here's a recap. Lewis Hamilton finished fastest, but only by a smidgen from Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull. Nico Rosberg was not too far behind in third with Sebastian Vettel fourth.

    Mercedes remain the team to beat for pole, but they're facing their biggest challenge of the season in Monaco. Who is your tip for top spot? Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag, leave a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those messages.

  127.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "This is one of the great days of the sporting year. Qualifying at Monaco is a treat every sports fan should experience at one time in their life. The setting is unsurpassed and the drama and excitement of Formula 1 cars on the limit around these narrow, twisting streets has to be seen to be believed. Lewis Hamilton likened it to riding a rollercoaster - the big difference being whether it goes wrong or not is within only your control.

    "'You know when you go on a rollercoaster ride and when you drop off the edge and your stomach is in your mouth? That happens the whole lap here. Your stomach is in your mouth the whole way round. You have to be so precise; you can't see the apexes until you get there. You're just hoping you've put the car in the right place.'"

  128. 12:15: 
    Monaco

    The sun is shining, the balconies and yachts are packed to the brim and the streets of Monte Carlo are looking resplendent. It's time for qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

  129. 11:25: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Mercedes remain favourites for a sixth pole position of the season, but with Red Bull and Ferrari lurking in the shadows, qualifying is by no means a foregone conclusion. You've got 50 minutes to ready yourself. Meet back here at 12:15 BST. We've got a showstopper coming up. See you in a bit.

  130. 11:20: 

    Here's Andrew Benson developing third practice report. And if you've got 10 minutes and one second, I recommending watching Inside F1 with Lee McKenzie and Eddie Jordan, who is donning a sensational pair of blue trousers.

  131.  

    Mercedes: One thing is for sure... just like the circuit here, qualifying is going to be tight!

  132. 11:14: 

    But intriguingly, for the first time this season, there is a real chance there will be a car other than a Mercedes on pole position. Oh the tension.

  133. 11:10: 

    It looks like McLaren and Williams will face a real battle to get into Q3, with Force India and Toro Rosso looking like best of the rest behind Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.

  134.  

    Caterham: That's it for practice in Monaco. We ran a different FP3 program to normal to make up for the limited FP2 laps & end with KOB 20th, ERI 22nd.

  135.  

    Williams: The sound of the new power units is music to our ears as the cars do practice starts on the grid!

  136.  

    Lotus: P16 and P18 from that session. We blame traffic...

  137.  
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    Daniel McDonald: Ricciardo had an absolute stormer of a lap. Splitting the Mercs.

    Scott Smith: Hamilton fastest in a relatively close FP3. Sets the stage for qualifying later.

  138. 11:04: 
    FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS

    1) Hamilton 2) Ricciardo 3) Rosberg 4) Vettel 5) Alonso 6) Raikkonen 7) Perez 8) Hulkenberg 9) Vergne 10) Kvyat

    11) Magnussen 12) Button 13) Bottas 14) Massa 15) Sutil 16) Grosjean 17) Bianchi 18) Maldonado 19) Gutierrez 20) Kobayashi 21) Chilton 22) Ericsson

  139. 11:02: 

    Daniel Ricciardo will be pretty happy, though. The Australian finishes second quickest, just 0.05 seconds slower than Lewis Hamilton. If the Mercedes cars make mistakes in qualifying, we could see a Red Bull on pole for the first time this season.

  140. 11:01: 

    Could do better. That's what both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be thinking after that session after they made mistakes on their qualifying simulation runs.

  141. 11:00: 
    CHEQUERED FLAG
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in third and final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

  142. 10:59: 

    Nico Rosberg looks so quick through Tabac and the German finds himself 0.15 seconds up after two sectors with his father Keke watching on. However, he makes a mistake in the final sector and goes third quickest.

  143. 10:58: 

    Nico Rosberg is out and about on the super-soft tyres. The German uses the first lap to bed the tyres in before going for his first proper qualifying-simulation.

  144. 10:57: 

    Sebastian Vettel waves his hands in frustration as he gets held up in the final sequence of corners. The German aborts the lap. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton locks up coming out of the tunnel on the approach to the chicane. He cuts the corner and then rejoins.

  145. 10:54: 

    Lewis Hamilton owns the second sector here but gives a way a bunch of time in the first and the third again. The Mercedes driver goes quickest by just 0.05 seconds, but that leaves the door wide open for team-mate Nico Rosberg.

  146. 10:52: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes second, four tenths slower than Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Meanwhile, Jenson Button goes eighth fastest, two tenths adrift of McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

  147. 10:51: 
    Monaco GP

    Nico Rosberg looks content to sit in the garage while his team-mate Lewis Hamilton pops out onto the circuit with the super-softs bolted on.

  148. 10:48: 

    The Force India looks like a very tidy car round Monaco. Riding onboard with Sergio Perez, the Mexican glides his machine around the narrow streets, clipping the kerbs perfectly, not locking the tyres and getting as close to the barriers as you'd want to without clouting them. He goes third, 0.9 seconds off the pace. Impressive.

  149.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Marussia's Max Chilton: "When I get to the apex, I get loads of oversteer - I just can't get the power down."

  150. 10:46: 
    Monaco GP

    It's not been a great session for Jenson Button so far, the Briton is one of only two drivers to have not reached double figures in terms of laps completed. The 2009 Monaco GP winner is currently 16th fastest, 2.8 seconds off the pace.

  151. 10:43: 

    Daniel Ricciardo becomes the first man to get into the 1m16s, the Australian going half a second quicker than anyone else. However, Mercedes have yet to use the super-soft tyres.

  152. 10:40: 

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo heads out on the super-soft tyres. Watch this space...

  153.  
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    Daniel McDonald: It's utterly incredible watching how close to the barriers they come around this Monaco Street circuit.

    Ben Rowe: Is it me or do these cars sound awesome at Monaco?

    Adam Gompertz: If Lewis wins this race, how much pressure does this put Nico under? Discuss.

  154.  
    TEAM RADIO
    Monaco GP Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton: "The rear end is all over the place. It's so loose."

  155.  
    Nico Hulkenberg

    Force India: Got anything to tell Nico? He's out on track so you may want to use this board...

  156. 10:36: 

    Good effort from Nico Rosberg who goes even quicker with a 1:17.351 to move half a second clear. He'll go even quicker once he bolts on the super-soft tyres for his qualifying-simulation run.

  157.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "The announcement of an extension of Malaysian oil company Petronas' title partnership of Mercedes provided an opportunity this morning for the media to ask Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche why he had said at a Mercedes factory in Spain earlier this week that Fernando Alonso was 'maybe the best driver in the world'. He said: 'Quite frankly, one reason was I was in Spain, and [King] Juan Carlos was present as well, and I'm a polite man. But independent of that certainly Alonso, and that's what I said, is one of the best drivers and I think we all agree about that. But I said as well, and that typically didn't get quoted, that we have a fantastic team and we are very happy and I leave it at that."

  158. 10:34: 
    Monaco GP

    Lewis Hamilton pits but chooses another set of the soft tyres and heads back out. He is currently quickest in the second sector, but is losing time in the first and third to team-mate Nico Rosberg.

  159. 10:32: 

    Romain Grosjean's second lap is better, the Frenchman moving up to sixth, one second off the pace. However, his lap time tumbles on the third lap, because his super-soft tyres have hit the graining phase.

  160. 10:30: 

    Romain Grosjean is the first man to try the super-soft tyres with half the session gone. It's nothing to write home about, mind, the Frenchman moving up to 11th still 1.5 seconds off the pace.

  161. 10:28: 

    Kimi Raikkonen is currently around three tenths slower than Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso. Raikkonen is seventh, Alonso fifth.

  162. 10:25: 

    Just as I hit 'return' on that last entry, Sebastian Vettel went third, five thousandths of a second quicker than Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

  163. 10:24: 

    Daniel Ricciardo looks really hooked up around this circuit, the Australian throwing that Red Bull around in ways his more decorated team-mate Sebastian Vettel can only dream of at the moment. Ricciardo is half a second off the pace set by Mecedes with Vettel eight tenths further back.

  164.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Jenson Button has put McLaren's current problems into stark perspective with a throwaway remark here. 'The biggest problem is high-speed,' he said, before going on to compare the performance of the Mclaren with the World Series by Renault support-race cars. 'The World Series cars are quicker than us in high-speed, and that's no joke.

    "'That is a weakness but in the low-speed corners the car feels really good.' Team-mate Kevin Magnussen, who was highly impressive on his first outing in an F1 car around this demanding track, added: 'The car feels good, it is just lacking downforce. When we get that hopefully we can keep the feeling of the car.' Whether it is a 'when', rather than an 'if', remains an open question."

  165. 10:20: 

    Lewis Hamilton edges closer to team-mate Nico Rosberg, the gap now just 0.130 seconds. Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, becomes the first driver to get within a second of the Mercedes. The Australian is 0.86 seconds adrift.

  166. 10:18: 

    Fernando Alonso pops up into third, 1.1 seconds off the pace. Kevin Magnussen is demoted to fourth, with Felipe Massa - who took pole in Monaco in 2008, fifth in the Williams.

  167. 10:15: 

    Everyone has completed at least one lap on the Monte Carlo street circuit with 45 minutes of the session gone. Everyone is on the soft tyre right now. We will see the super soft, which they'll use for qualifying, in the second half of this session.

  168. 10:13: 

    Lewis Hamilton moves up to second on the timesheets, the 2008 world champion closing to 0.439 seconds of team-mate Nico Rosberg. Kevin Magnussen is eight tenths further adrift in the McLaren.

  169.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Lewis Hamilton has been very open this weekend about his feelings to do with both team-mate Nico Rosberg and Monaco, and his own standing in the sport. Hamilton said his own win here, back in 2008, 'feels like a lifetime ago'. Since then, the Monaco Grand Prix has been won by Jenson Button, Mark Webber twice, Sebastian Vettel and Rosberg.

    "Hamilton told BBC Sport: 'Generally you'll see the best drivers if they have the car, they make the difference [in Monaco]. So Fernando, whoever he's against generally he'll be ahead, and the same with Sebastian. But the last few years you have seen certain people you never thought would win it, even though you think they are nowhere near as good as you.' Make of that what you will, but that, together with his remarks that he has 'different hunger' than his team-mate to win this year's title because of his tougher upbringing is not exactly going to lessen his team-mate's motivation to beat Hamilton here."

  170. 10:10: 

    Marcus Ericsson outbrakes himself into Turn One, St Devote, and rolls into the escape road. Once he's found reverse gear, he starts moving back onto track, but it's pretty dangerous as he's heading straight for the racing line. Yellow flags are out and Nico Rosberg squeezes through. Ericsson continues.

  171. 10:07: 

    Nico Rosberg goes quicker again, the Mercedes driver clocking a 1:17.736, 1.5 seconds quicker than Kevin Magnussen with Lewis Hamilton third and Jenson Button fourth.

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    Aled Weston: Hamilton's been playing the old mind games on Nico this week! Hope it backfires. :)

    Amit Mandalia: Will drivers be giving 100% in this session considering an accident could put them out of quali like Alonso a few years ago?

    Matthew Millar: I think Lewis Hamilton will take pole with Rosberg in 2nd and Ricciardo in 3rd

    Abdulrahman A Alkali: Hamilton to start on pole and win the race.

  173.  
    Danny MacAskill

    Red Bull: Flip over the pool, @danny_macaskill doing his thing on The @redbull Energy Station - Epic skills.

  174. 10:04: 

    Nico Rosberg is the early pacesetter, the Mercedes driver clocking a 1:19.213, nearly four tenths quicker than team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Both drivers are on the soft tyres, which are the prime this weekend. The option is the super-soft rubber.

  175.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Red Bull looked on Thursday as if they were a bit closer to Mercedes than at recent races - as it had been predicted they would be on a track where Renault's engine deficit does not have as pronounced an effect on performance. Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest in first practice and Sebastian Vettel was in the same place, behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes in the tricky conditions of second practice.

    "Can Red Bull threaten Mercedes for pole, Sebastian Vettel was asked? 'We'll see,' he said. 'They are the favourites. Mercedes were very quick and we have seen that come Saturdays they are generally able to pick up their pace. We try to do the same. We potentially are a little bit closer, but at the moment it is all guessing.'"

  176. 10:02: 

    Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel is out early, too, along with the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

  177. 10:01: 

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo leads a train of cars out of the pits under blue skies at Monaco. Most of the grandstands are little more than half full, though - maybe they didn't fancy an early start after the night before...

  178. 10:00: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    We have a green light. Let final practice begin!

  179.  
    Lotus

    Lotus: Quite relaxed at the ranch as @RGrosjean jumps into the E22 ahead of #FP3.

  180. 09:57: 

    It's almost time for final practice. The session lasts an hour and provides the teams and drivers with one final opportunity to tinker with their motors ahead of qualifying. After rain limited running on Thursday, expect this session to be pretty busy.

  181. 09:55:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    James Allen and Allan McNish are your commentary team with Jennie Gow in the pits. You can listen to the coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra via the link at the top right of this page.

  182. 09:54: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    And here's a man who likes to make an entrance. Lewis Hamilton has chosen a motorbike as his mode of transport to get around Monaco this weekend. Wonder if he'd consider a switch to two-wheel racing in the future?

  183. 09:52: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Why take a taxi or scooter when you can charter your own boat? Sebastian Vettel kicked back and relaxed as he left the paddock for the day on Friday.

  184.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Fernando Alonso's performance on Thursday led to renewed questions as to why Kimi Raikkonen seemed to be struggling more with the Ferrari than his team-mate, but technical director James Allison has said here that is the wrong way to look at it. 'I'm not sure it's entirely fair to say he's struggling more than Fernando. They've both had similar feedback with the car,' Allison said. 'The sort of problems Kimi has with the car - traction, under braking, downshifting - all those problems are pretty much the same as Fernando. And I would imagine similar to those experienced by the other teams. He's just going a little bit slower than Fernando at the moment but that gap is closing as the year progresses.'

    "Allison said that it was 'probably bit too kind' to say this year's Ferrari was one of the better chassis the team had produced in the last few years', adding: 'I don't think we can claim to have produced a chassis that's the equal of either the Mercedes or the Red Bull. We're not lagging hugely behind but there is nevertheless work for us to do before we can hold our head up and say we were completely happy with the chassis performance.'"

  185. 09:50: 
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    While the chasing pack have closed the gap to Mercedes on the tight streets of Monaco, it still looks like the Brackley-based team will be the ones to beat to pole position and the victory. But as mentioned earlier, Fernando Alonso is very much in the hunt, as are both the Red Bulls, particularly Daniel Ricciardo. And we all know that if you can get your car on pole in Monaco, that's half the job done. What do you think? Fire over your thoughts and predictions using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only).

  186. 09:48: 
    Paula Radcliffe

    And while she was in the paddock, Radcliffe popped in to have a chat with Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi before having a seat in the Marussia.

  187. 09:45: 
    Paula Radcliffe and Felipe Massa

    Meanwhile, Felipe Massa chatted with British marathon runner Paula Radcliffe. Williams tweeted: "Felipe's friend and sometime training partner @paulajradcliffe pops into the motorhome before training."

  188. 09:42: 
    Michael Carrick & Sebastian Vettel

    The drivers also had some entertaining to do on Friday. Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel caught up with Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.

  189.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "There was little doubt who was the star of the first practice day on Thursday. On track and off, Fernando Alonso was the centre of attention. There was a bizarre sequence of events that led up to Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo declaring him 'the best driver in the world' in an official team statement, and out on the track the Spaniard seemed to be doing his best to prove it.

    "Alonso was in breathtaking form, the Ferrari dancing and alive as he flung it around the twists and turns of the Monaco street track, coaxing a performance from it more than half a second faster than team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the first session and ending up with fastest time of all in the second. Can he mix it with the Mercedes and Red Bulls in qualifying later? It's a long shot, but it will be fun watching him try."

  190. 09:39: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    What do drivers do on their day off in Monaco? Have selfies taken with fans, of course. Amid sunshine on Friday, all the drivers headed out to meet the fans who were seeking autographs and photos with their heroes.

  191.  
    Lotus lunch

    Lotus: We may be in Monaco, but it's not going to our heads... Can anyone think of a less Monaco-esque food than this?

  192. 09:36: 

    The drivers and teams enjoyed a day off from track action on Friday, with some afforded a much needed lie-in following a night of socialising in one of yacht parties in the harbour. Despite this, there was still plenty of news coming out of the Monaco paddock.

    Firstly, Nico Rosberg signed a contract extension for at least two more years. His deal was set to expire at the end of this current season.

    Secondly, it emerged that Mercedes asked four-time world champion Alain Prost for his advice on ensuring a harmonious relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Rosberg, based on the Frenchman's experience with Ayrton Senna in 1988-89.

    "It is difficult to stay as friends," Prost said. "In '88 with Ayrton we had quite a good relationship. So it's possible. But if you have only a small problem, especially inside the team, then it could start very quickly."

  193.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "A more perfect Cote d'Azur day it is hard to imagine. Under cloudless skies, the Mediterranean is a gorgeous deep blue, and Monaco looks as wonderful as it ever can. Local resident Didier Coton, the former manager of two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen and now looking after Williams' Valtteri Bottas, said this morning: 'It's going to be a beautiful day. And a hot one, in more ways than one.' With Red Bull apparently closer to Mercedes than at any time so far this year, and Fernando Alonso spectacular in the Ferrari on the first practice day, you can see what he means."

  194. 09:33: 
    Kimi Raikkonen

    Morning everybody and welcome to live coverage of third and final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix - the jewel in the Formula 1 crown. The session starts at 10:00 BST with coverage of BBC Radio 5 live sports extra with qualifying following at 13:00.

  195. 09:30: 

    As the yachts gently bobbed up and down in the harbour on Thursday afternoon, following a heavy rain shower, a scarlet red car zipped around the streets of the principality to finish fastest in second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

    Fernando Alonso

    The man behind the wheel of said car was Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, a man who has finished runner up in the championship in three of the last four years.

    Is he favourite to take pole position later today before going on to win the race tomorrow? Of course, not. That honour belongs to Mercedes at the moment. But can the Spanish double world champion haul himself into contention? Most certainly.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0

Results

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

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