Mark Webber starts from pole position for the second race in a row.
He beat Robert Kubica by almost three tenths of a second to take pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Webber’s team mate Sebastian Vettel starts third alongside Felipe Massa’s Ferrari.
With Fernando Alonso not starting qualifying following his practice crash he was certain to be one of the seven cars eliminated in Q1.
Robert Kubica was the quickest driver to begin with but as he slowed to create space for his next lap a Sauber went past him – spoiling his next effort.
Although all the drivers were having to find space for themselves in traffic, the session did not provide the opportunity for the new teams some had expected.
Lotus had not used any super soft tyres in final practice, saving everything they had. Heikki Kovalainen was clearly giving maximum effort as well, spinning twice in his attempts to reach the final 17.
But it was to no avail – he ended the session nine-tenths of a second behind Kamui Kobayashi.
Once again Kubica started the session quickest, edging Nico Rosberg by two tenths of a second.
Massa and Rosberg took it in turns to beat Kubica’s time, but he was never in any danger of failing to make it into Q3.
Team mate Vitaly Petrov, however, was eliminated when his attempt to set a top ten time ended in the barriers at Sainte Devote.
Jenson Button looked vulnerable for a while before a late improvement moved him up to ninth. But he was sixth tenths of a second slower than his team mate, who ended the session fourth.
There were no major surprises among the bottom seven except at Force India, where Vitantonio Liuzzi beat Adrian Sutil in qualifying for the first time this year.
Different tactics were in use as the final part of qualifying began. McLaren sent their drivers out for one long run with a series of flying laps. Kubica did two runs in the Renault and looked a strong candidate for pole position to begin with.
But Webber pipped Kubica with his first flying effort, then found an even greater margin on his final run, comfortably taking pole position. Team mate Vettel was third, four tenths of a second of his team mate’s pace.
Lewis Hamilton emerged ahead in a tightly-fought battle between the McLarens and Mercedes. Team mate Button was unhappy after being held up by Massa on one of his better runs.
|1||6||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1’15.035||1’14.462||1’13.826|
|3||5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1’15.110||1’14.568||1’14.227|
|10||15||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||1’15.397||1’15.061||1’15.170|
|12||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1’15.445||1’15.318|
|13||16||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’15.961||1’15.413|
|15||22||Pedro de la Rosa||Sauber-Ferrari||1’15.908||1’15.692|
|17||17||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’16.021||1’16.176|
|21||25||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth||1’17.864|
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