Massa takes Pole in Qualifying

25May08

Felipe Massa snatched pole as Ferrari sprang a surprise to lock out the front row for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix. Massa overhauled team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the last with a blistering lap of one minute, 15.787 seconds. Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen start on the second row for McLaren, who saw their traditional dominance in Monte Carlo undermined by Ferrari. Red Bull driver David Coulthard will start from 10th despite a high-speed crash during second qualifying. Massa collected his second straight pole and third of 2008 in the dying seconds of qualifying as he edged out Raikkonen by less than five tenths of a second.The Brazilian had made no secret coming into qualifying that Monaco did not suit his driving style; saying “I don’t like Monaco, I am not having fun driving here.” But Massa could not contain his surprise and excitement after taking Ferrari’s first pole in the principality for eight years.

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Qualifying result from the Monaco Grand Prix:

1 Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1min 15.787secs

2 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:15.815

3 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren – Mercedes 1:15.839

4 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren – Mercedes 1:16.165

5 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:16.171

6 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams – Toyota 1:16.548

7 Fernando Alonso (Sp) Renault 1:16.852

8 Jarno Trulli (It) Toyota 1:17.203

9 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull – Renault 1:17.343

10 David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull – Renault 1:15.839

11 Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:15.907

12 Jenson Button (GB) Honda 1:16.101

13 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:16.455

14 Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams – Toyota 1:16.479

15 Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda 1:16.537

16 Sebastien Bourdais (Fr) Scuderia Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:16.806

17 Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brz) Renault 1:16.933

18 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Scuderia Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:16.955

19 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India – Ferrari 1:17.225

20 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India – Ferrari 1:17.823

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