Monaco Grand Prix 2012: Pastor Maldonado ‘is crazy’, claims Sergio Perez following clash during qualifying

May 26th, 201212:00 pm @


It immediately led to the session being red-flagged, and with so little time
remaining there was no restart, leaving Maldonado – a two-time winner here
in junior categories – down in 21st.

Come the conclusion, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg led the way with a lap of one
minute and 15.159 seconds, with the top four drivers covered by just five
hundredths of a second such was its close nature.

For the first time this year Ferrari’s Felipe Massa appears to be on the pace
as he finished just 0.038secs down, followed closely by reigning champion
Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull and the second Ferrari of team-mate
Fernando Alonso.

Lotus’ Romain Grosjean was 0.286secs adrift in fifth, with the McLarens of
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton sixth and seventh, the latter just over
half a second off the pace.

Michael Schumacher in his Mercedes, Perez and Red Bull’s Mark Webber completed
the top 10.

Force India’s Paul di Resta was also in the wars late on, the Scot riding a
bump down the hill out of the tunnel and heading towards the port chicane,
forcing him nose first into a barrier.

Di Resta’s damage was minimal compared to that of Maldonado, but it was still
enough to bring his session to a halt six minutes early.

The HRT of Pedro de la Rosa brought up the rear of the field with a time
nearly four seconds down on Rosberg.

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