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Monaco GP qualifying as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

1452: That's your lot then. A worrying end to qualifying and our thoughts are with Sergio Perez. Here's to a positive medical bulletin. Thanks for joining me today. I'll be back from around 1130 BST on Sunday for the race. Take care of yourselves.

andydinan on Twitter: "What were McLaren thinking, leaving Hamilton out for so long? Hopefully Button can nail Vettel in the first corner!"

1446: The grid then. Vettel starts on pole, with Button joining him on the front row. Then it's Webber and Alonso on row two, with Schumacher and Massa on the third row. Hamilton was seventh, Rosberg eighth and Maldonado in ninth.

Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen on Twitter: "All thoughts on Perez hope he's ok, Rosberg was close to similar accident this morning, maybe gotta think of resurfacing braking in to T10."

1442: So Vettel continues Red Bull's qualifying domination. Impressive stuff. No celebrations though. There's more serious things to worry about, with Sergio Perez's crash. Vettel is told by race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin: "Pole in Monaco. Tick." Let's see if Vettel can claim his first win here on Sunday.


1437: Hamilton is the first driver to cross the line - it's a 1:15.280. He's seventh. Button aborts his lap. It's not working out. Only Hamilton, Maldonado and Rosberg set a time, the rest come in to preserve their tyres.

1435: We are up and running again. All nine drivers are out there. Hold on to your hats.

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "Lewis is losing a lot of heat from the tyres waiting there. In their desperate to get a clear track, they will lose performance from those tyres. That's a big ask for Lewis."

1433: Lewis Hamilton is already waiting at the end of the pit lane. There's still a minute to go.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "I am hearing from the Sauber team CEO Monisha Kaltenborn that Sergio did respond to the questions and stimulations put to him."

1427: The session will resume at 1435 BST. Only 2:26 is on the board. It will be a crazy few laps.

Ferrari on Twitter: "All our thoughts are for Sergio, a Ferrari Academy driver. Let's hope he is in good condition. Session will be restarted after the repairs. There will be a five minute notice."

Kenevil_F1 on Twitter: "Honestly cannot compliment and praise the Monaco marshals enough for their excellent work."

1419: Lots of workmen are still working on that barrier, making sure that it is in the right position ready for the rest of qualifying. No word as yet if, and when, qualifying will resume.

1414: The marshals are repairing the soft safety barrier that Perez crashed into. Perez is taken to the medical centre with the crowd clapping him as the ambulance passes by. BBC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan says organisers should now look at that piece of track, the bumpy bit coming out of the tunnel. Remember that is same place where Rosberg crashed this morning and where DC crashed in 2008.

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "Every one of those drivers will be asking: 'Any news?' They will want to know he is OK. That is their first thought. Then they will start to think how they can deliver in the rest of qualifying. That may sound a short emotion but that is what they are paid to do."

1409: Perez is stretchered into the ambulance and the smashed up Sauber is lifted off the track. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says Perez is talking, which is positive news.

1405: The other drivers are quietly sitting in their cars in the garages while the medical crew begin their procedure to remove Perez from the car. These really are worrying moments.

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "He came out of the tunnel completely on the wrong side of the race track and he stayed wide for quite a long time. He came to the braking zone at almost 30 degrees."

1400: Horrible crash. The Mexican is very wide coming out of the tunnel and he veers right, hitting the barrier in exactly the same place as Rosberg. The Sauber flies down over the chicane and hits the tyre wall that Rosberg missed side on, with Perez holding his helmet as he made contact. An ambulance quickly gets to the scene.

1356: Alonso is fourth with a 1:14.483. And Hamilton is on a quick lap but Massa, who has just come out of the pits with a new set of super soft tyres, is in front of him on an out lap. The Brazilian does move over but is his presence enough to distract Hamilton at Massenet? Hang on, we've got another big crash. Sauber's Sergio Perez is the man involved. Red flag. The session is stopped with 2:26 on the board.

1354: Incredible. Vettel sets a 1:13.556. That. Is. Quick. "Hearts sank on the pit wall when Vettel set that," says Brundle.

1353: What a lap from Button, and he sits top of the tree after a 1:13.997. Webber goes second with a 1:14.019. And Vettel is on a flier...

1352: Schumacher is the first to show his hand. And his time is a 1:15.020. Alonso sets a 1:18.681. Don't know what happened to the Spaniard there. "You need a calendar to time that lap," says Brundle.

1350: Right then, the 10-minute Q3 shoot out. This should be cracking.

BBC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan: "What happens if they let Hispania race and there is a big accident with another team? I don't think they will let them race."

1346: Here's more on the decision of the stewards to summon Alguersuari after he ran into the back of Kobayashi's slowing Sauber coming out of La Rascasse in Q1. Here's David Coulthard: "For me it is very clear, Kobayashi should not be driving slow on the apex. Anywhere else it is a penalty." Kobayashi has also been summoned, by the way.

1342: Not good enough. Rubens ends up in 12th. The drivers to miss out are Petrov, Barrichello, Kobayashi, Di Resta, Sutil, Heidfeld and Buemi. Renault had expected to perform well here this weekend but both drivers have not made it through to Q3. "It is a track where Renault have gone well at in the past," says BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "I spoke to Nick Heidfeld on Friday and he said the car is bouncing from bump to bump. It is not generating the downforce."

1340: Barrichello is on track, a final lap to save himself.

1335: Button is third (1:14.545) and then it's Alonso (1:14.569), Webber (1:14.742) and Rosberg (1:15.283). Schumacher has come in and put another set of super soft tyres, he's still seventh. Massa, who has been a messy over the last couple of laps, tidies things up with a 1:15.786 and is fifth. Barrichello, Petrov and Heidfeld are some of those in trouble.

1333: The drivers are on the red super softs now. And Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:14.275... here's Vettel... let's see what he can do... and it's a 1:14.277. Oh that's close. "I wouldn't like to measure that, how close?" says Coulthard. "About as thin as your wallet," quips Brundle. Nice.

1330: Schumacher is still on the options and sets a 1:15.850 and that is beaten by Mark Webber, on the same tyres, with a 1:14.996. Now, Alguersuari nudged into the back of a Sauber coming round La Rascasse in Q1 and BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says the Toro Rosso driver has been hauled up to appear in front of the stewards. Kravitz adds that Karthikeyan did not take part in Q1 because of a rear suspension failure.

Force India on Twitter: "Squeezing through to Q3 will be tough, but we'll give it our best. Grid position is more important here than anywhere."

1328: Schumacher, Massa, Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Di Resta, Buemi and Kobayashi are all out very early on.

1326: No rest, we've got 15 minutes of Q2.

1320: Q1 is over. Hamilton (1:15.207) leads from Button, Vettel and Williams driver Pastor Maldonado. In the drop zone was Kovalainen, Trulli, Alguersuari, Glock and D'Ambrosio. Hispania's Karthikeyan and Liuzzi did not set a time and we'll see if they are allowed to take part in tomorrow's race.

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "If Nico Rosberg manages to qualify in front of Michael then that is going to send a very powerful message."

1317: Toro Rosso are feeling the pressure, Sebastien Buemi is on the option tyres already. And Schumacher responds to that time from Rosberg by going on the options too. Oh dear, he sets a 1:16.092 and he's slower than his team-mate who set his time on the primes.

1315: Remember that Rosberg did not set any times this morning because of that nasty crash very early on in final practice. And here's a nice exchange in the BBC commentary box:
BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "What superlative can describe what an amazing achievement that was by Nico Rosberg on his first flying lap?"
BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "I don't know, but [Mercedes team-mate] Michael Schumacher is sitting in his car trying to think of one."

1312: Now it is Lewis Hamilton who leads, with a 1:15.207. Alonso is fourth after a 1:16.104. Brilliant stuff from Rosberg, in his first flying lap since Thursday, goes fifth with a 1:16.265. Have it.

1309: McLaren and Red Bull are trading times. Vettel sets a 1:15.606 and Button then sets a 1:15.397. "Jenson is finding form today," says BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard. "He will now start to explore the limits of this prime tyre and one eye will be on the fact that in around 45 minutes, he will have to deliver."

1307: The times are falling rapidly. Button leads with a 1:15.969, then it's Vettel after a 1:16.317. Vettel is then on another quick lap but Schumacher is ahead of him at the Loews Hairpin. However, the Mercedes man gets out of way quickly.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh: "Lewis and Jenson both want to beat Sebastian, but to do that we have to qualify better. There's nowhere better to do that than here, but to do it we have to get through Q1 - and there are at least six mobile chicanes out there, cars that are six or seven seconds slower. That's a scary prospect."

1304: An early sighter then from Petrov with a 1:18.112 but that is wiped out by Jenson Button who posts a 1:17.059. Brundle says that he expects a more traditional qualifying session today because the tyres are lasting longer here compared to other races so far this season.

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "Up until this race qualifying has been all about how big the gap is between Red Bull and the rest. Here it's about whether there is a gap at all. Fernando Alonso can definitely take pole here."

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "The most nervous aspect in a grand prix season for me was the qualifying session in Monaco. You have to got to get good grid position and you need a faultless lap while avoiding the traffic as well."

1300: We are off - 20 mins of Q1 is go.

1258: It seems as if that Mercedes team work has paid off. Rosberg should be ready for Q1. Two minutes to go. Where's your money?

Mercedes GP on Twitter: "Relative calm on Michael's car as his guys help out on the other side of the garage to get Nico's car ready... great team work."

CarlWDudley on Twitter: "Oh I so want to be back in Monaco right now!!! I love that place!!!! I have touched the camber on the Loews Hairpin!!"

1252: DC is with Force India's Paul di Resta, walking around the Monaco circuit. I'm feeling nervous just watching it. Can you imagine having to drive here? I can't make it round the track on my video game at home.

Team Lotus on Twitter: "Tension building - for many of us this is the best time of the whole w/e. Strategy, outright pace and pressure. Love it."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5LiveF1 on Twitter: "Looking into the Mercedes garage looks like Rosberg should get out for Qualy."

Ferrari on Twitter: "This is surely the most exciting Q session of the season. To do a good lap you need talent, a good car and some luck!"

SimonMWatts on Twitter: "Sitting in my study watching BBCF1 on my laptop, twitter on my old PC and live timing on my new PC - does life get any better?"

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard on Felipe Massa: "He is fully motivated but when you are fighting that last little 10th and you realise it isn't there, then you fight even more and you lose even more time."

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Andrew Spencer, in Stockport, via text: "Is there any way we can have a price check on a simulator? Always great to see in the inner workings of the teams."
Nothing specific, how about - a lot!?

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5LiveF1 on Twitter: "Liuzzi will not take part in qualifying... It will be up to the stewards as to whether he is allowed to take part in the race... "

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Damian, from Richmond, via text: "Did you notice Nico desperately trying to turn left as he slid towards the barrier? I reckon he got just about enough rubber on the ground from his front left to miss it! Once again, these guys showing how cool their heads are!!"

1238: A bit of news from BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz. Mercedes are 50/50 to get out for qualifying and they are hoping to post a time at some point in Q1. Also, Vitaly Petrov hit a Renault mechanic when coming into the pits in FP3. The mechanic in question has a flesh wound and will be resting for the rest of the weekend.

GlynTansley on Twitter: "David Coulthard has the best job ever! I want a go on that simulator!!"
Don't we all. Looks a lot better than the motor racing game at my local arcade.

A celeb has been spotted
A celeb has been spotted
A celeb has been spotted
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monaco: "I've got a golden celeb spot for you, Orlo. Former BBC children's presenter Floella Benjamin is in the McLaren motorhome, chatting to Jenson Button's mum and girlfriend, Jessica Michibata. She doesn't look a day older than when I used to watch her on Play School!"

1232: Obviously this weekend is about celebs, as my sighting of Rob Lowe this week will testify, and Sarah Holt has produced an absolute pearler. It has certainly put a smile on my face...

1228: Great video package of David Coulthard in the Red Bull simulator. Absolutely incredible. Especially when the controller starts to tell DC to do various things with DRS and engine mixes as well as many others. It highlights how much these boys have to do while driving. It doesn't end well for DC, he crashes and ends up in the harbour. Magic. "There is so much to take in," he says. "The amount of adjustments a driver has to do is double the amount I had. It is too much to take in in a small amount of time."

1223: There's a few clips of Fernando Alonso on the telly speaking during the week about the management changes at Ferrari and his sponsor's cap is absolutely enormous. Not a good look. An update on Eddie Jordan's outfit, pink polka dot shirt, plum trousers. No words are necessary.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson: "I've been speaking to Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes this morning and he says he is in an 'awesome mood' following Friday's High Court ruling that his team can continue to race under that name, following objections by car company Group Lotus, which sponsors Renault. Fernandes won't be drawn on his plans for the branding of the team or whether he will use his Caterham brand in F1, as he is going to do with his GP2 team. 'We're going to step back a bit,' he says. 'We have some thoughts. In my mind maybe by Silverstone (in July) we will unveil something.' He could not resist a snipe at Group Lotus boss Dany Bahar. 'We're very happy with the case. We're Lotus and they're Renault. It's very clear. I'm amazed Dany Bahar has been allowed to get away with the strategy - $30m and 90% of his credibility goes to Renault. I don't see the logic of it.'"

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DS via text: "We could speculate all day about who'll win etc. Being at the front is important here. Vettel's RB is fastest in the twisties and this is a twisty one!"

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monte Carlo: "Orlo, I have an update on Nico Rosberg's chances of making qualifying after crashing out of final practice. The word from Mercedes is that they are doubtful his car will be ready but they are doing everything they can. Apparently, the chassis is in relatively good shape but there are complications with the rear of the car and gearbox. The team explained Rosberg was on the start of a higher fuel run when he lost the rear of the car coming out of the tunnel. There is also feverish activity in the Hispania garage after Tonio Liuzzi also crashed in practice at Ste Devote."

1215: Jake Humphrey, Eddie Jordan and Coulthard very skilfully jump off their small boat and onto dry land on BBC One. That could have been a email vital moment if that went wrong. Good work boys. No white jeans on view, not smart enough for Monaco, obviously. Now, our very own Sarah Holt has some news on Nico Rosberg....

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "The concentration that is required to keep off barriers for the longest dry race... it's relentless. There is no room for error."

1210: I've had a couple of messages about where the drag reduction system zones are in Monaco. In qualifying, drivers can use them anywhere on the track apart from in the tunnel. It was banned there because of safety concerns. In the race, the DRS detection system will start just after Turn 19, the end of the swimming pool section, with the activation system just after the final corner, Anthony Noghes and along the start/finish start down to Sainte Devote.. Oh, and BBC one coverage has just started...

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Ben from Harrogate via text: "Come on Vettel, another season of great results. Keep it up. The only way you're losing this championship is with a major car meltdown."

1203: I don't need to repeat that grid position is very important for this race around the tight streets of Monaco. Pole has resulted in victory in six out of the last seven races. How the new tyres will affect that we will find out tomorrow. The new Pirelli tyres don't seem to be degrading as much here as at other tracks this season. Could some drivers get away with only one stop tomorrow? We'll see.

paulsm on Twitter: "And lo, he returns home from shopping in time for Monaco qualifying."

Crippto89 on Twitter: "I predict Vettel on Pole, Hamilton to win the race and M Schumacher to be on the podium. Wonder what the odds are for that?"

Williams F1 team: "Rubens [Barrichello] lost some time due to a gear sensor problem. Engineers are now in debrief to decide on final quali spec... it should be exciting."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner on Monaco: "It's such a unique challenge, with the barriers so close. It's such a glamorous setting but for the drivers it's the toughest race of the year. You can't afford to make any mistake here. Other circuits if you miss your braking point by a metre, run wide, you don't get punished. Here, you pay the ultimate price. These guys have got to be totally concentrated for 78 laps on Sunday."

1154: There's plenty of ways to catch qualifying from Monaco. Coverage begins on BBC One at 1210 BST, on BBC Radio 5 live at 1255 BST and in the console at the top of this page. You've also got me tapping away here from... er... now.

1151: That's reminded me, you too can get involved in this here commentary. You can use Twitter (via hashtag #BBCF1 ), tweet me direct on @markorlovac or text me via 81111 with F1 before your message.

seanbhoy87 on Twitter: "Think it'll be a fight between Vettel and Alonso for pole with Hamilton and Webber completing the front 2 rows. I love Monaco!"

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson: "Ferrari have achieved a startling turnaround in form since Fernando Alonso was lapped in Spain a week ago. In fact, though, it's actually not really a surprise. Firstly, Alonso was ultra-competitive in Monaco last year before he crashed in final practice and was forced to sit out qualifying - and he recovered brilliantly to finish sixth from the back of the grid. And last year's Monaco race came after a really poor Ferrari performance in Turkey. Secondly, while Ferrari have been struggling on the hard tyres this year (the ones they had to use in two stints of the race in Barcelona), it has been much more competitive on the softs. Thirdly, Ferrari are losing out on aerodynamic efficiency compared to Red Bull, but Monaco is about cranking on as much downforce as possible, and not worrying too much about efficiency. Mechanically the car is strong. Fourthly, Ferrari have aero tweaks this weekend, including a Red Bull-style oval-shaped engine cover air exit blowing air on to the crucial lower rear wing, plus a revised diffuser. Finally, Alonso is, as Martin Brundle has said, 'awesome' around Monaco. It would be a brave person who bet against a Red Bull on pole, though."

1140: In case you missed this morning's action, well where we you? It was pretty lively. There were two red flags, after Nico Rosberg and Vitantonio Liuzzi both crashed, with the German's incident pretty scary. Fernando Alonso led the way with Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa and McLaren's Jenson Button showing that they may be able to take the fight to Red Bull. And here's an tasty morsel on why Ferrari are back to the front in Monaco from the BBC website's F1 editor Andrew Benson....

Renault F1 on Twitter: "Now it's time for intense work on both cars ahead of qualifying which starts at 14:00 local time, 2 hours after the end of FP3."

1135: Admittedly that was a little longer than 10 minutes. You'll forgive me, though? No celebs on my break, unfortunately. And no repeat of the Rob Lowe highlight on Thursday. The closest I got was a very poor Eric Boullier look-a-like. That was it.

1114: OK, I'm going to take a 10-minute break and I'll be back very soon to take you through qualifying. Don't go too far away now.

Lopek on Twitter: "Another great time for Alonso & good session for Ferrari in general with Massa strong too. Looking good for this weekend at last."

edspage on Twitter: "Look forward to the greatest sporting event of the year. Makes the footy look like a kick about in the park."

BBC Radio 5 Live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "I think Fernando has a very good chance of claiming pole. He has survived up to now so that is one box ticked. It's one more than last year. The results have not come but he is driving well and this is a track where you can showcase that."

Chequered flag
1100: The chequered flag falls. Alonso ended up fastest (1:14.433) and he is followed by Button (1:14.996), Massa (1:15.024), Vettel (1:15.245), Schumacher (1:15.310), Hamilton (1:15.386) and Webber (1:15.529).

BBC Radio 5 Live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "That is the worst place you can lose the car, mid corner. I've done it myself. I will be surprised if Liuzzi comes out for qualifying."

1058: Liuzzi lost his car coming out of that first corner and he slams sideways into the barriers on the left. The car disintegrated quite spectacularly, though. Anyway, the marshals have cleaned up the detritus very quickly and we are up and running for the final three minutes.

1054: Another red flag. Vitantonio Liuzzi's Hispania has come a cropper at Sainte Devote.

Nico Rosberg crashes in Monte Carlo

Rosberg crash halts Monaco practice

1052: Button up to second with a 1:14.996 while team-mate Hamilton comes in to the pits after not really improving with the super softs. Massa is now third (1:15.024) before he finds the very tight run-off area at Sainte Devote. Jaime Alguersuari, by the way, will not come out again. He suffered a right rear puncture but Toro Rosso say they have completed their programme for this morning. By the way, we now have the video of Rosberg's crash earlier on for you to have a look at. Hairy.

BBC Radio 5 Live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "Fernando is on top of his game now but I think that time will be found by Red Bull when they start to use DRS and go on the super soft tyre."

1047: Alonso is winding it up. He goes fastest with a 1:14.433 which is 0.812 seconds quicker than Vettel. Button is third (1:15.300) then it is Hamilton (1:15.386) and Massa (1:15.750).

1044: Alonso is on the super softs. Button is too. Alonso is only a fraction quicker than Vettel, who was on the softs, in the first sector. Anthony Davidson adds: "This starts to show the true potential of the Red Bulls."

1041: Webber is on the soft (prime) tyre and he goes third with a 1:15.772. BBC Radio 5 Live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson says: "I haven't seen Mark Webber using his DRS at all on this lap - I think [Red Bull] are concentrating on their race pace."

1037: And bang... Vettel sets a 1:15.423. Hamilton looks to have sorted out that problem with the toe on the front of his McLaren and is second with a 1:15.693. BBC pit-lane reporter Natalie Pinkham says Williams have replaced the sensors in Ruben Barrichello's gearbox because there was a problem.

Renault F1 on Twitter: "Vitaly boxes, practice start, reports lack of rear tyre temperature, reasonable amount of understeer. Orders more negative camber on front."

1033: Right then, Alonso is still top after improving to a 1:15.924. Jenson Button is second (1:16.338), Sebastian Vettel (1:16.467) and Felipe Massa (1:16.764). Schumacher is the first of the leading drivers to go on the red marked super soft tyres. And he goes second with a 1:16.161.

GavJB P on Twitter: "I don't like to trump your celeb spotting experience, but I was once served chips by Kevin Kennedy when on holiday in Malaga."
Would I sound silly if I said: 'who's Kevin Kennedy?'

Mercedes team radio to Michael Schumacher: "We think Nico [Rosberg] locked the rears over the bumps coming out of the tunnel. He had very low rear tyre pressures at the time, which probably contributed to the problem."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monte Carlo: "Lewis Hamilton has been in an unusually excitable mood since arriving in Monaco and you get the impression that he absolutely loves driving round here. Hamilton was just 0.105 seconds off Fernando Alonso's leading practice time for Ferrari but actually set the fastest time overall in the first and third sections of the track. The Englishman, who won here in 2008, will now be trying to make up the missing time between Mirabeau and Swimming Pool ahead of qualifying. 'I lost a little bit of time just through some of the slower speed corners because of a fault in the balance of the car and I couldn't get the car turned in. We'll find some of that through the downforce, so I'm happy.'"

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "The drivers will want to get some laps under their belts. The red flag was pretty costly for everyone, not just Nico Rosberg."

1025: Right, Michael Schumacher is getting quicker - he's top of the timsheets with a 1:19.962. Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi is currently second but things are changing all the time as the drivers desperately try to get some miles in in the remaining 33 minutes or so. Fernando Alonso sets a 1:18.150 to go fastest, then it's Schumacher (1:18.566) and Buemi (1:18.778).

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "The break was a lucky strike for Lewis Hamilton. He was out of his car and it had set-up wheels on. That is a sight you see when mechanics are setting things up on a Friday. Lewis is not quite sure that the toe on the front wheels is right."

1020: Rosberg has returned to the Mercedes garage now. A penny for his thoughts. That could have been very nasty. Anyway, the session is back up and running and there's only 39 minutes left. And Ted Kravitz has some news on Lewis Hamilton...

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie: "One of the great things about the Monaco Grand Prix is that so many of the drivers treat it as a 'home' race. The F1 drivers who have homes in the principality include Felipe Massa, Paul di Resta, Nico Rosberg, Rubens Barrichello and Bruno Senna, while Jenson Button moved away a year or so ago. The other evening I was in one of the popular local restaurants and glanced round to see the entire place filled with F1 families - the Buttons, the Massas and the Di Restas all eating at different tables! I spoke to Massa this weekend - and you can see the interview during the BBC One qualifying show which begins at 1210 - and he told me it's just fantastic that he can walk to work and then go home to see his wife Raffaela and son Felipe Jr."

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "Rosberg is very lucky to miss that barrier. That could have been an almighty shunt. It is pretty much the front right that's suffered the damage."

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "I'm in the Mercedes garage and there are a lot of mechanics with very resigned looks on their faces. They are organising themselves in the garage and they have a big rebuild before qualifying."

1009: Crikey. That is a big crash. As he comes out of the tunnel, Rosberg's Mercedes veers right under braking, it smacks into the barriers and as he flies over the chicane - he is very lucky to avoid hitting a barrier head on. Man alive that was close.

1007: Whoa. Big crash for Schumacher's team-mate Nico Rosberg. Red flag... the session is suspended.

1004: So that's everyone with an installation lap then. And Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher sets the first timed laps of the day. His best so far is a 1:20.175.

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "If there was ever a circuit where you need a blown diffuser it's this one. When it comes to qualifying, that's when I feel the Red Bull car comes alive and it's surely going to help them here."

1000: And we are off. Lots of install laps early on. The drivers will be keen to get back into their rhythm after their rest day.

CLAPBRICKFILMS on Twitter: "I think this could be our most exciting qualifying of the season, unless Red Bull come through in FP3, which could happen."

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "This is a circuit where the driver can make a bit more of a difference and you could see that with Fernando Alonso's style on Thursday. The car did look a bit of a handful but he made the best of it."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monte Carlo: "Fernando Alonso has just done his bit to promote the FIA's road safety campaign in the Monaco paddock before scuttling back to Ferrari headquarters to get ready for practice. I asked him if he fancied another quick time this morning to which he replied, 'hopefully'. You can bet that hope has nothing to do with it and Alonso will be pushing as hard as he can. But Alonso warned: 'Saturday will be a much more stressful day because the slightest error carries a heavy penalty.' Alonso crashed on Saturday morning last year and could not take part in qualifying. He will be determined not to make that mistake again as he hunts his first pole of the season at a circuit he excels on."

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0950: Telly shots from Monaco are making me feel jealous. Again. Not a cloud in the sky and lots of glamorous people strolling around looking very pleased with themselves. However, it doesn't get anymore Hollywood than bumping into actor Rob Lowe as I did at TV Centre on Thursday. I'm still feeling a little giddy about the whole experience you know. Just a reminder that FP3 gets going at 1000 BST with coverage on the Red Button and in the console at the top of this page.

violinmike on Twitter: "Monaco GP is always glitzy and glamorous. This time it might even be exciting!"

Gazalla_King on Twitter: "@LewisHamilton looking in red hot form in practice off the back of a good Spanish performance! Go on son!!"

0943: Couldn't agree more Sarah. Arsenal aren't in it. Anyway, this is the place to give me all of your chat for final practice and qualifying. All contributions welcome, but if we could keep them on the subject of F1 that would be fab. You can use Twitter (via hashtag #BBCF1 ), tweet me direct on @markorlovac or text me via 81111 with F1 before your message. Ta.

The sun is out
The sun is out
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monte Carlo: "Bonjour tout le monde! The BBC minibus has squeezed through the backstreets of Monaco, bumped over a kerb or two and made a pit stop for baguettes, before delivering us at BBC HQ. The drivers had a day out of the cockpit on Friday, although most of them still came to the track for briefings with their engineers and publicity events. Only Mercedes man Nico Rosberg, who lives in the principality, reckoned he would spend his day at the pool with his friends. Now they are back on duty, the drivers will use third practice to get back into the groove around the tight streets of Monte Carlo before qualifying at 1300 BST. To add to the sense of occasion it's another glorious day with clear, blue skies and sunshine to warm the sun-worshippers already watching from yachts in the harbour. Champions League, what Champions League?!"

0938: Morning. How are you on this fine... make that grey... Saturday morning? Red Bull have started on pole position in the last six races but the likes of Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg hinted on Thursday that maybe, just maybe, that run could come to an end today. We'll find out more in the next five hours or so. Welcome aboard.

0935: What does an F1 driver do on a rest day in Monaco? A few sponsor's events, wined and dined in some of the world's best hotels, as well as trip around the harbour in a luxury yacht. Me? Glamour all the way. Gardening, washing up and shouting at my children as they fought in their bedrooms. I wouldn't have it any other way. Honest.

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After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

see also
Vettel on pole after Perez crash
28 May 11 |  Formula One
Hamilton angered by Toro Rosso
27 May 11 |  Formula One
Alonso leads Hamilton in practice
27 May 11 |  Formula One
Monaco GP practice as it happened
26 May 11 |  Formula 1
Monaco GP practice photos
26 May 11 |  Formula One
Vettel targets first Monaco win
26 May 11 |  Formula One
Ferrari reorganise technical team
24 May 11 |  Formula One
Fading title hopes worry Ferrari
24 May 11 |  Formula One
Hamilton eyes Monaco improvement
23 May 11 |  Formula One
Vettel pips Hamilton in Barcelona
22 May 11 |  Formula One

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