Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014

Rosberg’s pole confirmed as stewards take no action

2014 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014Nico Rosberg will start the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position as the stewards chose to take no action over the incident at Mirabeau.

Rosberg’s second pole position in Monaco had been under threat after the stewards announced they were investigating why he stopped at Mirabeau on his final lap.

The Mercedes driver appeared to lose control of his car at the corner and came to a stop in the run-off area. As that brought the yellow flags out his team mate Lewis Hamilton was unable to improve his time.

But after examining video and telemetry evidence the stewards ruled “no offence was committed by the driver of car number six [Rosberg] as they “could find no evidence of any offence related to the turn five incident”.

The two Mercedes drivers will therefore start tomorrow’s race from the front row of the grid.

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206 comments on “Rosberg’s pole confirmed as stewards take no action”

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  1. Robert McKay
    24th May 2014, 17:55

    Regardless of whether it was intentional or not, that’s the risk you run if you’re trying to be the last car over the line. Any one of the other drivers in front of you can spoil your lap.

  2. Alex McFarlane
    24th May 2014, 18:06

    I can understand Lewis’ disappointment at not getting a chance to take pole, but I was hugely disappointed with his reaction. I’m not sure what it says about him right now that his first thought, without even seeing what had happened with Nico, was that his teammate had cheated. After seemingly demonstrating a new found maturity with his performances so far, today felt like a huge backwards step.

    Hopefully, with the stewards concluding that Nico didn’t cheat, Lewis will have a good look at himself tonight and re-focus his attitude for the race tomorrow and the rest of the season.

    1. His first thought had enough foundation that the stewards had to investigate to settle the matter, and reasonable people still disagree on the result. I seriously hope that Hamilton does not start trying to act neat to avoid the “maturity” barbs and other infamous dog-whistle comments. That would, in any event, prove futile.

      1. Reasonable people are disagreeing with the result? Who are these ‘reasonable people’ that knows more than the stewards?

      2. Alex McFarlane
        24th May 2014, 21:51

        Yes, perhaps it is good that the initial doubts led to an investigation being carried out, just in case there was any foul play. Personally, I’m happy enough with the outcome, despite being a (non die-hard) Lewis fan.

        For me, the bottom line is simple; even if the incident hadn’t occured, Lewis may not have got the pole (he seemed comparatively weak in the final sector), and starting on pole, although highly favourable at Monaco, does not guarantee a win. All Lewis has to do is get a good start off the line, and he could negate Nico’s pole advantage. The title won’t be won or lost this weekend, so Lewis should just be concerned with being mentally prepared for the race. Going in hot-headed will not do himself any favours, since Monaco is probably the most mentally demanding circuit on the calendar.

      3. Well the Stewards didn’t jump to conclusions. They looked at the evidence, and made a clear determination that there was nothing untoward and that Nico had just made a mistake.

        Lewis Hamilton? Jumps in front of a microphone and with no proof decides to imply that his team mate had cheated. Not exactly the actions of a mature or reasonable individual in my book.

  3. A better race with Lewis starting behind. But the again its Monaco he may have to get by through the pit’s.

    1. A crucial start, a crucial first pit stop, then a boring end.

      1. No pressure on the pit crew, right? Any botched pit stop is going to be scrutinize heavily by fans and the media.

  4. Well now that the pole position is cleared of any maligned behaviour on part of Rosberg, I hope Mercs continue with their policy of pitting the leader car first and avoid any undercut situation between their drivers.

  5. Why are the stewards not saying anything about the REVERSING part?

    1. Because its irrelevant.

      Weather he reversed or stayed where he was the yellow flags would have remained out & drivers would have still been required to slow down.
      In fact by reversing he helped get the green flags back out sooner than they would have had he stayed where he was.

    2. @jason12 It’s not illegal to engage reverse gear.

    3. What’s there to say? He reversed to get out of the alley. Period.

  6. Just a point I’d like to make.

    The stewards not only have access to every piece of video from TV cameras & the circuits CCTV system, They have access to all the timing/tracking/GPS data & also have full access to all the teams telemetry from every second of the weekend & have an Ex-F1 driver (Derek Warwick this weekend) working with them to give them the point of view of a driver. They also have a lot more tools to analyze all of this data.

    The steward are far better placed to judge if it was deliberate or not than us lot who have only what we see on the TV broadcast.

    1. Alex McFarlane
      24th May 2014, 22:04

      I agree, but in jest, none of all that data showed what was going through Nico’s head, unless drivers’ brains have telemetry sensors in them ;-)

    2. Shh, you’re ruining the fun of watching the armchair commentators fight amongst themselves!

  7. Nicos racing line on his pole lap,is completely different to the lap he made the “mistake” the same point on the track,he was next to the barrier on his pole lap.on the other lap,he was in the middle of the track.ive seen the pictures,they are very was done on purpose,but f1 needs to entertain to get the viewers back,so they both need to start from the front the front row.

    1. Nicos racing line on his pole lap,is completely different to the lap he made the “mistake” on.

      Which is perhaps what caused him to lock up his brakes to start with.

      The camber would be slightly different where he was & not been the normal racing line the track surface would almost certainly have less grip.

    2. FIA should fire the stewards and hire you.

  8. Sure more people think Ros in the wrong but i think it is hilarious how people are thinking Ham was in wrong with his comments im sorry but Nico as been so out of touch it is hilarious he as been out perforemd so much that when both guys finsh Nico as not beat Hamilton. I mean itstarted in China he guaranteed to win the race in spain that is how out of touch he is. Also if anyone wants to see a mature answer see Hamilton in Aus GP why the rest was still racing even if he did not mean he was like i hope Nico wins the race. And people are mistaking what most think deserves a grid drop, why did Ros reverse? No car can hit Nico if he stayed in car at end of straight you all no he knew full well what he was doing i believe the error was a genuine mistake the reversing was not. All NIcokept saying was it is ok im still in lead of championship talk about being lame.

    1. I read it twice, now I feel dizzy.

    2. drinking and posting do not mix ;)

  9. Hamilton’s fans: if you don’t trust the stewards decision just ask the man himself to post the telemetry on twitter, as its customary when he lose pole to its teammate at iconic tracks.

    1. Lol but this time he had to post Rosberg’s telemetry :P

  10. The only person who knows if this was deliberate or not is Rosberg, that’s it.

    Let’s hope Lewis can give him a hard time tomorrow, I’m sure he will be more determined than last year.

    1. Almost impossible to overtake in Monaco.
      Hopefully Lewis beats him to turn 1.

    2. Yeah problem is Nico didn’t seem too sorry about what he had done. Even if he said he apologized to LH. Kinda hard to feel any sympathy for the guy. But you are right, no one will know whether it was deliberate or an accident.

  11. Well, the stewards have onboard videos, videos from various angles, telemetry info feeding them back every single change in brake power, steering etc, and I must say, they are in the best position. They concluded that Schumacher was to blame in 2006, they (though not the same set of people exactly) concluded that Rosberg was innocent. My opinion is simple: it’s difficult to choreograph a heavy lock-up at a heavy braking corner.

  12. On with the race tomorrow. The investigation was the right thing to do, to protect the integrity of the sport. As the investigation has found that all was in order time to forget about it and move on.

  13. We all have our opinions, and regardless of the stewards being better placed and better equipped to make judgements on situations like this, they’re not always unequivocally correct in the decisions they make, and can sometimes reach downright ridiculous verdicts. I’m of the opinion that Rosberg’s lock-up began as a mistake, but evolved into a conscious effort to bring out the yellow flags. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s how I see it.

    That being said, the lack of a penalty should make for a far more interesting race that having one Mercedes at the front just cruise off into the distance whilst the other struggles in traffic. With tensions as they are now, I’m hoping to see Hamilton and Rosberg go at it hammer and tongs, and around Monaco that should make for one hell of a racing spectacle, assuming they don’t just pile into one another off the start.

  14. I have a bad feeling that the 2 Mercs are going to end up taking each other out tomorrow. Lewis is going to be ready from blood and Nico is desperate.

    1. Let’s hope for no deliberate crash. Deliberate crash (in Monaco no less) in this day and age won’t fly as it did in the 90s. I wouldn’t want either of the Merc drivers banned for the season.

  15. Ha ha ! Perfect ! Let the drama and controversy begin!
    This will be really fun. This is F1 guys.
    And Lewis, please stop whining and race. Race hard.

  16. Probably the right decision from the stewards – it’s not too easy to look inside Nico’s head and prove whether the move was deliberate or not.

    Still, it feels a little strange (if not unfair) when a driver is rewarded, not punished for a driving error (deliberate or not). But that’s a loophole in the rules – not fixed after 2006…

  17. I am quite amused by some of the comments. To all that call Nico a cheat I find it highly comical given that among the main recipe for success by teams is to try and exploit every possible loop hole. We have seen it through double diffusers, F-ducts, blown diffusers, etc., why should it be different to drivers. I won’t go into past history of hamilton and rosberg and I don’t want to discuss it if it was deliberate or not the error from rosberg. Fact of the matter is, in my opinion, he wanted to absolutely make a point: “I am hungrier than you, and will do everything it takes to beat you!” (legal or barely). Fact of the matter is after the poor mind games started by Hamilton and the upbringing, I think Nico did answer rather well. He made sure that his teammate starts at the second place, as that is a place nico knows full well is a more vulnerable place and potentially race destructive. More so than pole for sure. And furthermore he got Lewis angry. And an angry lewis is hardly the determined concentrated error free robotic drive of the likes of schumacher or vettel. Nico knew he needs to stop the momentum of lewis in any way he possibly can, and he did do that. For him how doesn’t matter. Lets hope we do have a race tomorrow to an otherwise quite boring season.

    1. Sorry but if it is proven to be deliberate and not a honest mistake, that is “unsportsmanlike conduct.” Very different from exploiting loopholes to gain a competitive advantage. We’ll see what a angry LH can do. What we do know is Hamilton excels at dog fights. Nico still has the “soft” label attached to him. The qualifying incident, honest mistake or intentional, does not help his case. Either he fumbled the pole lap when the pressure was on, or he resulted to “unsportsmanlike tactics” to beat his opponent. Its most likely impossible to prove he did it deliberately so most people including myself give him the benefit of the doubt. But still we are still suspicious. What we will not excuse is his exuberant celebrations considering the circumstances. That’s inexcusable.

    2. Very good comment

  18. Anthony Davidson and Johnny Herbert discussing the incident. Interesting points.

  19. Well played Nico. But you’ve just angered the beast. To get a hollow pole and then pump your fists in the air right next to the guy you just screwed over is pretty lame. See you on Sunday! Come on Lewis!

  20. Nico has always seemed to be a class act to me, so I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt here. Lewis was visibly rattled after the session, and I wonder if he has the mental strength to ultimately win the championship this year. It’s certainly going to be fun to watch.

    1. Paul Ogbeiwi (@)
      24th May 2014, 20:47

      I wonder if Nico has the mental strength too. He keeps messing up his q3 laps.

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