- Texas man arrested for powder-letter hoax
- Islamic State opens ‘marriage bureau’ for single jihadists
- Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
- Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
- GOP: Environmental rules keeping agents from accessing border
- John Kerry: Millions displaced by religious fighting in 2013
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s gay marriage ban
- White House says Russia ‘losing’ war in Ukraine
- Hamas turns to North Korea for weapons deal, Iran for money
- Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
Rosberg takes pole position for Monaco GP
Question of the Day
“Very special for sure, I’ve grown up here, gone to school here,” he said. “The way I race through the tunnel is the way I went to school.”
Defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel starts from third, ahead of Red Bull teammate and last year’s winner Mark Webber.
Red Bull were 1-2 with just over one minute remaining in qualifying, but Mercedes again showed it is near-untouchable on one-lap speed, despite tricky weather conditions with the track damp from frequent bursts of rainfall around lunchtime and again early into the afternoon session.
“It was changing so much (that) you have to be on the right tires at the right time. Everything went to plan and the last lap went OK,” said Rosberg, who clocked 1 minute, 13.876 seconds. “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.”
“We know they’re quick on one lap,” Vettel said. “I don’t want that to sound like an excuse. There was more than a tenth (of a second) 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.”
Hamilton was not pleased with his run.
“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,” said Hamilton, who won the F1 title in 2008. “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.”
Red Bull has won the last three Monaco GPs _ all from pole _ but it was still a good afternoon for Vettel because he finished ahead of his two main rivals. Kimi Raikkonen goes from fifth place while Fernando Alonso starts sixth and the Spaniard needs circumstances to go in his favor if he is to repeat his Spanish GP win from two weeks ago.
Kimi Raikkonen is only four points behind championship leader Vettel, and Alonso cut the deficit to 17 after winning in Barcelona.
“I’m happy there’s not a Lotus or Ferrari ahead,” Vettel said. “Sitting in third I think is still a good result.”
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa goes from the back of the grid. The Brazilian was unable to start qualifying after a crash in the morning’s third and final practice session, in which he was unharmed. He would have incurred a five-place grid penalty because Ferrari had to fit a new gearbox following his crash.
By Scott Pinsker
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- Babson College, BYU win top spots in Money magazine's college rankings
- Iraqi Christians rally at White House: 'Obama, Obama, where are you?'
- White House defends Kerry failure to broker Middle East cease-fire
- Romney would win popular vote in rematch against Obama: CNN poll
- D.C. seeks stay in order striking down ban on handguns in public
- Tennessee Gov. Haslam slams White House for secret dump of illegals in his state
- Computer glitch caused odd Saturday release of D.C. guns ruling
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq