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– Heikki Kovalainen: Pole position crucial for Monaco supremacy
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position on Saturday but team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari rivals Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will be seeking any opportunity to finish ahead of the British Formula One champion.
A number of drivers are unhappy at the lack of penalties being handed out for blocking in Monaco.
Traffic is often an issue during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, with Q1 seeing all 20 cars on track in a short window chasing lap times.
On more than one occasion there was a train of cars slowly approaching Rascasse and the final Anthony Noghes corner as drivers looked for clear air to carry out a lap.
One incident saw Fernando Alonso exit Rascasse on a flying lap to find Romain Grosjean coasting before starting his own timed lap, with the Lotus holding up the McLaren through the final corner.
Having referenced a number of other times he was blocked, when asked by F1i if he was surprised by the lack of penalties being handed out, Alonso replied: “I think so, yes.
Maybe an electrical problem stop us today for a sixth/seventh place. A lot to improve, but we start to be competitive… #LetsDoThis
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) May 23, 2015
“The traffic we had this weekend was quite bad. It seems a little bit strange there are not more investigations going on and in free practice it was just ridiculous.
“In FP3 there was just no rules out there, people were going out of the pit lane on a very slow out lap, you were on a fastest lap and they tried to close the door in every single braking point.”
Jenson Button concurred with Alonso’s thoughts, feeling the number of out laps required to warm up the tyres is a contributing factor.
“Totally agree [with Alonso],” Button said. “It feels the worst it has been but we’re going to do it unless there’s a penalty. That’s the problem.”
Button also said the matter would be brought up with FIA race director Charlie Whiting at the next drivers’ briefing.
Daniel Ricciardo says an engine mode error from Red Bull cost him a chance of qualifying third for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel took third place with a 1:15.849, while Ricciardo took fourth place, 0.2s slower than the Ferrari.
While the result is Ricciardo’s best qualifying of the season he says a mix-up on the pit wall left him in the wrong engine mode at the start of his lap and cost him crucial time on his final run.
“Pit wall thought I was in a different engine mode, which I wasn’t, so then when they’ve told me to make the standard change it’s put us out of the correct one,” Ricciardo said.
“So then starting the lap I could feel the power was down. So I realised we were in the wrong one so I’ve turned it back but it’s only made the switch too late.
— Infiniti Middle East (@InfinitiME) May 24, 2015
“Long story short, before Turn 1 we were 0.2s down and that was that. It was all a bit late.
“Normally I was getting the call to make whatever switches I need to make around Turn 16 and that was fine, it was giving me enough time, but this call came late, in between the second-last and last corner, just after Rascasse.
“So I quickly got on the switches but coming out of the last corner I could feel the power wasn’t right so I’ve then tried to figure it out and it’s kicked in but it was too late. I was in sixth gear, getting in to Turn 1 wasn’t even in seventh.
“It’s free lap time lost so a bit frustrating. It’s the last place you want to have those errors. Could be third today so that’s probably the biggest frustration, we know it could have been better.”