2014 Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying: Did Rosberg Do A Schumacher?

Did Rosberg do a Schumacher? That’s the question every single Formula1 fan would be wondering post the qualifying session today. The FIA are wondering and have questioned Mercedes and Rosberg too. In my view, he didn’t. If you see his on-board camera footage, his right front locked up at entry and that was it. He had lost the corner and nearly lost the car. (Read: Vettel Does A Schumacher)

And yes, the counter view, if he did indeed do a deliberate act, let me tell you, his act was far better in performance (convincing!) than Michael Schumacher’s! The Germans, don’t I love them! Although, I am not sure which way the FIA will swing this.

2014 Monaco Grand Prix (Courtesy: Red Bull Racing)

As for Hamilton, I possibly can understand why he thinks he’s the one being played at here, but well now that it has happened, the best thing would be to stay focused on the race tomorrow and already think about overtaking into St. Devote. Sweet revenge, wouldn’t that be?

Pole to flag win would be on Rosberg’s mind tonight and one wouldn’t blame him so. Stats support him anyway, the question is, will the Mercedes team do so? Will they play favourites during the pit-stop period? Anyway, the days of the classic low-fuel under-cuts are gone and usually the guy who pits first wins; usually, I did add that.

Driver of the day? Daniil Kvyat! After dancing and eventually hitting the wall in the not-so-smooth braking zone at the Swimming Pool Chicane (a la Kimi?), he managed to get into Q3 in his first ever qualifying session at Monaco. Kudos!

And a close second would be Kevin Magnussen! It takes some effort to beat Button in Monaco and he did so in style. Given that Ron Denis is trying to heat up to Alonso leading Mclaren’s challenge in 2015, is Button’s seat in danger? By the time the 2014 Formula1 Season concludes, we could see some helmets roll and some change garages!

The weirdest part of the qualifying session was not seeing Nico Hulkenberg make it through to Q3. It is sort of a given, right? I hope to see the German climb up the field during the race, although it might just be a tad too difficult.

Maldonado, who qualified a lowly 15th, might just be an important factor in the race. Although he’s won here before, he’s crashed in three of his previous races and in the last three times he’s raced in Monaco (if I remember the stats correctly!). Will his antics bring out the Safety Car and jumble up the race order? Either way, I think it is a Mercedes win and it would be super if a Red Bull could sneak in between. Ricciardo more so over Vettel. But then you know my love for Germans already. Over to Race Day! (Read: Red Bull’s Best Chance Yet)

Qualifying Results*: (provisional)

  1. Nico Rosberg
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Daniel Ricciardo
  4. Sebastian Vettel
  5. Fernando Alonso
  6. Kimi Raikkonen
  7. Jean Eric Vergne
  8. Kevin Magnussen
  9. Daniil Kvyat
  10. Sergio Perez
  11. Nico Hulkenberg
  12. Jenson Button
  13. Valtteri Bottas
  14. Romain Grosjean
  15. Pastor Maldonado
  16. Felipe Massa
  17. Esteban Gutierrez
  18. Adrian Sutil
  19. Jules Bianchi
  20. Max Chilton
  21. Kamui Kobayashi
  22. Marcus Ericsson

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

3 comments On 2014 Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying: Did Rosberg Do A Schumacher?

  • He oversteered his well balanced car on straight line and way before the entry of that turn..where he never had any problem thru FP1,2,3,Q1,Q2. add to that, he knew about escape road so he didnt hv to crash the car which could ruin his chances and when he admitted he saw lewis in his mirror, why did he take reverse? to make sure yellow remains out. Atleast beleave that his winning dance in front of lewis was pure disrespectful when he knew lewis’s lap was ruined by his mistake.

    • I agree on the disrespectful part, totally, that was a lil off the mark. But then again, Hamilton’s comments on the ‘hungrier’ part were in bad taste too.
      Tushar, possibly the Hamilton squeeze, could be. But I doubt if both the Mercedes cars will be knocked out by each other! No chance! Let’s see what happens!

  • A mistake on the entry to Mirabeau due to car imbalance… not very common if you have negotiated the first corner and the Casino square with no problems. If he did put up a successful act of a mistake; his rejoicing of getting a pole was unsporting- considering Hamilton was parked next to him and still in the car.
    Hamilton will go for the big squeeze today at the first corner so watch out- the renowned ‘most expensive car park’ can have some silver lining…

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