Critical Qualifying Results Establishes 2011 Monaco Grand Prix Grid

Today the qualifying runs for the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix were held through the classic street circuit in Monte Carlo.  Due to the difficulty in passing on this street circuit, a good qualifying result is critical to a good finish in this race.

The two HRT cars did not set a qualifying time during Q1 and apparently just as well as their previous practice times indicated that they would not qualify based on having lap times greater than 107% of the fastest time.

During Q3 there was a bad accident where Sergio Perez of the Sauber team hit a tire wall with the car sideways just past the exit of the tunnel.  This caused the Q3  qualifying session to be red flagged with 2 minutes 26 seconds left in the session.  This appeared to be a very serious hit.  At this time, I do not know the condition of Sergio Perez, but obviously we all hope that he is OK.  The initial reports are positive, but it seems likely that he will not be racing tomorrow.

For some strange reason it sounds like the track is quite rough in some place as a result of speed bumps and/or removal of speed bumps.  I know that this race takes place on public roads, but putting speed bumps along these roads seems very strange to me.

When the Q3 resumed the drivers really did not have a sufficient time to put together a really good hot lap.  This resulted in Lewis Hamilton, who had waited in the pit during the early stages of this sesssion, having a rather poor starting position for him.

The results of qualifying for the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix to set the grid for the race are as follows:

Qualifying Results for the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix

Position Driver Team Time
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:13.556
2 Jenson Button McLaren 1:13.997
3 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:14.019
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.483
5 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:14.682
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:14.877
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:15.280
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.766
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:16.528
10 Sergio Perez Sauber No Time
11 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:15.815
12 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1:15.826
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:15.973
14 Paul di Resta Force India 1:16.118
15 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:16.121
16 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:16.214
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:16.300
18 Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus 1:17.343
19 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus 1:17.381
20 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:17.820
21 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 1:17.914
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin Racing 1:18.736
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT No Time
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT No Time

The race will be on television tomorrow morning on The Speed Channel at 7:30am Eastern Standard Time.

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