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Nico Rosberg was finally able to get past his Mercedes teammate in Monaco, taking the pole postition for Sunday's race over Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1:15.989.
The German put together the fastest lap late in the final qualifying session before spinning out, not giving any of the other riders the chance to pass him.
Daniel Ricciardo backed up his strong practice session earlier in the day with a third-placed finish, and the Red Bull driver seemed to feel most comfortable on the narrow streets of Monaco. A good start to his race on Sunday could see the Brazilian finally stealing a win from the mighty Mercedes duo.
Hamilton had dominated the middle sector of the track in practice sessions, and that was exactly where Rosberg spun, making it impossible for the standings' leader to better his time. The Englishman looked very upset when he returned to the pit, as he failed once again to grasp the pole position at Monaco.
Felipe Massa looked strong in his Williams during the first qualifying session, but a clumsy manoeuvre from Marcus Ericsson sent the Brazilian flying into the wall. Unable to continue, he will now be forced to start from the 16th spot.
Speaking to the BBC, Massa sounded very disappointed with the outcome of his session:
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.
Jenson Button's 8th placed finish was in line with his performances throughout the practice sessions, but the Englishman still could have done better. Button acknowledged he had no one to blame but himself:
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.
Hamilton and Rosberg have dominated the 2014 F1 season so far, in large part because of the superiority of the Mercedes cars. Monaco's storied course is unique in that it places more of an emphasis on the drivers, something we witnessed when Ricciardo was able to put real pressure on the duo in the pratice session and Jean-Eric Vergne won the first session.
Much will depend on the start, something that seemed to bother Hamilton during the practice sessions, as take-overs are notoriously difficult in Monaco.
01 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.989
02 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.048 +0.059
03 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:16.384 +0.395
04 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:16.547 +0.558
05 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:16.686 +0.697
06 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:17.389 +1.400
07 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:17.540 +1.551
08 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:17.555 +1.566
09 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:18.090 +2.101
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:18.327 +2.338
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:17.846
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1:17.988
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:18.082
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:18.196
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:18.356
16 Felipe Massa Williams No time
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:18.741
18 Adrian Sutil Sauber 1:18.745
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:19.332
20 Max Chilton Marussia 1:19.928
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:20.133
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1:21.732