Rosberg’s pole confirmed as stewards take no action

2014 Monaco Grand Prix

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

  1. Jack (@jmc200) said on 24th May 2014, 17:41

    Good. If Rosberg had made that mistake in Casino, then overdone it to try and make up time in some kind of elaborate plot, he’s the smartest driver in the world. I’ve been really annoyed at Lewis’ comments this weekend; firstly insulting Rosberg’s upbringing and then saying he was on the “Pole lap”. He was still a fraction slower that Rosberg into the first sector, he had no way of knowing he would be on pole, and Rosberg has been faster this weekend.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 24th May 2014, 18:00

      Actually he was faster.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 24th May 2014, 18:32

      Sorry @jmc200, probably Autosport got it wrong.

      Both drivers were on their final Q3 flying laps, with Rosberg holding a narrow provisional pole, when he locked up at Mirabeau and slid down the escape road.

      Hamilton had to back off for the resultant yellows and then abandoned his lap, which had been a few hundredths of a second faster than Rosberg in sector one.

      Since P3 (maybe P2 as well) Nico has been faster in S1 and S3 (shorter sectors) and Lewis much faster in S3 so all he needed was to be a fraction slower in both 1 and 3 and deliver a monster S3. He was improving…

    • Breno (@austus) said on 24th May 2014, 18:42

      He couldve easily pushed too much, knowing in the worst case scenario, he would stick it in a wall and still be on pole. Regardless, depending on what Hamilton thinks of the accident, this could turn into a 88, 89 or 07 situation.

    • Brian C (@bcracing) said on 25th May 2014, 0:58

      Agreed, his car has really gone to his head, he isn’t more skilled or wise than he was last season. Race drivers should learn to do their talking on track, rick kids whining about richer kids is lame. He’s just making himself look stupid.

  2. larry said on 24th May 2014, 17:50

    Pls how did LH insult NR upbringing @ Jack?

  3. Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 24th May 2014, 17:51

    I was expecting stewards to be unable to say whether Rosberg did it on purpose and making a lame decision of giving him a penalty for impending. I’m glad they didn’t do that and the fact they didn’t in my opinion tells that stewards could see from the telemetry that it was quite obviously an accident.

  4. Yud (@yud77) said on 24th May 2014, 17:52

    i was sure that LH Matured Enough but……………………
    same old LH now i’m sure that NR will win WDC becuse LH can’t handel the presurr and think that evrybody aginst him lol

  5. Chris Phillips said on 24th May 2014, 17:53

    Leona Lewis?

  6. Robert McKay said on 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.

  7. Alex McFarlane said on 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.

    • DaveW (@dmw) said on 24th May 2014, 19:17

      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.

      • JackJ said on 24th May 2014, 20:43

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

      • Alex McFarlane said on 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.

      • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 24th May 2014, 23:08

        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.

  8. Rocky (@rocky) said on 24th May 2014, 18:10

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

  9. Mayank (@mjf1fan) said on 24th May 2014, 18:31

    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.

  10. Jason (@jason12) said on 24th May 2014, 18:32

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

  11. PeterG said on 24th May 2014, 18:33

    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.

  12. matt said on 24th May 2014, 18:36

    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.

    • PeterG said on 24th May 2014, 18:40

      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.

    • FIA should fire the stewards and hire you.

  13. Dan said on 24th May 2014, 18:37

    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.

  14. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 24th May 2014, 18:41

    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.

  15. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 24th May 2014, 18:42

    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.

    • Jason (@jason12) said on 24th May 2014, 19:46

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

    • Guy (@sudd) said on 25th May 2014, 1:11

      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.

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