Robert Kubica starts the Monaco Grand Prix from second on the grid.
It’s the best qualifying performance by a Renault driver since Fernando Alonso took pole position at the Hungaroring last year
And Kubica driver reckoned he would have been closer to Mark Webber’s pole position time if he’d managed his tyres better in Q3:
We took a different approach to the session and saved two sets of option tyres for Q3 so I could do two runs on new tyres. On the final lap of my second run I did a very quick first sector, but for the second half of the lap the tyres were already gone so I struggled for grip and could only match my earlier lap time.
When you come so close to pole, you are always a bit disappointed to miss out, but I think we can be very happy with our performance because we are in a great position to have a strong race tomorrow.
Kubica was the fastest driver through the first sector of the lap – over a tenth of a second faster than Webber – but the Red Bull drivers was quickest through the rest of the lap.
Team mate Petrov starts 14th after crashing at Sainte Devote in Q2. He explained what happened:
I was struggling with the brake balance and my front tyres were locking all the time. I tried to change the brake balance to the rear, but it was too much for my first flying lap and the rear locked, I spun and touched the wall.
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