Red Bull's Mark Webber will inherit pole position for tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix from the penalised Michael Schumacher after finishing second to the German in qualifying on Saturday. A five-place grid penalty for Schumacher from the Spanish Grand Prix means he forfeits his first pole position since 2006 and starts sixth on the grid.
In a tense finish to Q3, Schumacher's team-mate Nico Rosberg first appeared to have secured pole position after posting a time of 1m14.448s, before he was ousted by Mark Webber's 1m14.381s. Schumacher had the final say however, when he lapped the street track in a time of 1m14.301s to claim the pole, eight hundredths clear of Webber's benchmark.
Schumacher's penalty promotes Rosberg to his second front row start in four races, while Webber claims his tenth career pole. Row two will consist of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton (1m14.583s) and Lotus's Romain Grosjean (1m14.639s), while Fernando Alonso (1m14.948s) will start fifth, alongside Schumacher.
Despite lapping quickest in Q2, Felipe Massa failed to live up to expectation in Q3 and could finish only seventh on a time of 1m15.049s, while Kimi Räikkönen (1m15.245s) finish in eighth place after scraping through to the top ten shoot-out by the skin of his teeth. Spanish Grand Prix victor Pastor Maldonado finished the session in ninth place, but drops to 19th after incurring a 10-place grid penalty following final practice this morning.
Maldonado's penalty promotes world champion Sebastian Vettel to ninth place, after the German opted against posting a laptime to save tyres.
11th in qualifying was Force India's Nick Hülkenberg (1m15.421s), followed by Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi (1m15.508s), McLaren's Jenson Button (1m15.536s), Williams' Bruno Senna (1m15.709s), Force India's Paul di Resta (1m15.718s) and Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo (1m15.878s). The Australian's team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne failed to post a representative laptime in Q2 after losing his front wing against the barriers under braking for the Nouvelle Chicane. He finished the session in 17th.
Sauber's Sergio Pérez joined the usual suspects in dropping out at the first hurdle in Q1, but only after a trackrod failure on his C31 sent him sliding into the barriers at the Swimming Pool chicane. The contact broke his front wing and left-rear suspension, causing a five-minute red flag period as marshals removed his car and cleared away debris.
Ahead of him on the grid will be Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen (1m16.538s) and Vitaly Petrov (1m17.404s), Marussia's Timo Glock (1m17947s), HRT's Pedro de la Rosa (1m18.096s), Marussia's Charles Pic (1m18.476s) and HRT's Narain Karthikeyan (1m19.310s).
The provisional starting grid for the Monaco Grand Prix can be found here.