F1 Monaco Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg under investigation for causing a deliberate incident that forced Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to abort his final lap

Rosberg claimed provisional pole in Monaco but could face further action after he out-braked himself going into the Mirabeau corner

Nico Rosberg is under investigation by the Monaco Grand Prix stewards following an incident in qualifying that affected Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

On provisional pole position by just 0.059secs from Hamilton after the opening laps in the final qualifying period, Rosberg locked up on the entry to Mirabeau on his second and final attempt, and was forced to take the escape road.

Behind the German, Hamilton was on a quicker lap, but with yellow flags being shown by the marshals due to Rosberg's incident, the championship leader had to abort a lap he has since claimed would have secured him pole.

The stewards will now look to see if there is any indication Rosberg's apparent error was deliberate, which in turn scuppered Hamilton's shot at pole.

They will be able to access all telemetry and data from Rosberg's car, in particular with regard to the 28-year-old's braking point compared to his previous laps during qualifying.

It is reminiscent of the infamous 2006 incident in Monaco when seven-times champion Michael Schumacher was found guilty by the stewards of deliberately crashing his Ferrari at La Rascasse.

Like Rosberg, Schumacher was on provisional pole that day, but behind him championship rival Fernando Alonso in his Renault was quicker and poised to beat the German, but like Hamilton was forced to abort.

It resulted in Schumacher's times being deleted, and subsequently he was demoted to the back of the grid.

If the stewards similarly find Rosberg guilty of any wrongdoing, he will also be stripped of what is currently the sixth pole of his career, and second in a row at Monaco after he pipped Hamilton to top spot on the grid last year.

Whilst Rosberg was naturally delighted, punching the air as he stepped from the cockpit of his car, Hamilton had a face like thunder.

It is yet more grist to the mill in the team battle that is unfolding between the pair this season, with just three points separating them in the championship standings.

Explaining the incident from his perspective, Rosberg said: "No, it was not an ideal way to end qualifying.

"I thought it was over, that the track would ramp up and someone else could beat my time.

"I'm happy it worked out. Pole at home is obviously fantastic. It couldn't be better."

As for the fact Hamilton was behind and was two tenths of a second quicker before having to back off, Rosberg added: "Of course I'm sorry for Lewis. I didn't know where he was. It's not great."

Hamilton, in response, was terse as he said: "I don't have an answer to that."

Behind the duo will be the Red Bull pair of Daniel Ricciardo and four-times champion Sebastian Vettel, finishing three tenths of a second and half-a-second down respectively on Rosberg.

Then come the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in fifth and sixth, with the latter an astonishing 1.4secs off the pace.

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne starts seventh ahead of a marvellous effort from rookies Kevin Magnussen for McLaren and Daniil Kvyat in his Toro Rosso, with Force India's Sergio Perez 10th.

The stewards, though, face a busy post-qualifying period as there are three other investigations to be considered, with all those incidents taking place in the initial 18-minute session.

Two concern a case of impeding, with Perez and Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez involved in one case, with the other involving Kvyat and Pastor Maldonado in his Lotus.

The final incident came towards the end, with Williams' Felipe Massa opening the door through Mirabeau for Marcus Ericsson in his Caterham to drive through.

The clumsy Swede, however, had too much power, running into the side of Massa and sending both into the barrier.

With Ericsson already at the back of the grid in 22nd, the stewards need to look at an alternative penalty as a loss of grid places will be meaningless.

As for Massa, although his time was good enough to get him into Q2, the Brazilian was unable to take part due to damage to his car and will unfortunately start 16th.

Ahead of him will be Force India's Nico Hulkenberg in 11th, followed by Jenson Button, comfortably out-qualified by team-mate Magnussen.

Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Romain Grosjean in his Lotus line up 13th and 14th, with the latter followed by team-mate Maldonado and then Massa.

The Sauber duo of Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil are on row nine in 17th and 18th, followed by Marussia pair Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, with Caterham team-mates Kamui Kobayashi and Ericsson at the rear.


Jacqueline Bisset has claimed that young women today are obsessed with being 'hot', rather than 'charming', 'romantic' or 'beautiful'
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Dunham
booksLena Dunham's memoirs - written at the age of 28 - are honest to the point of making you squirm
Arts and Entertainment
A bit rich: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
tvDownton Abbey review: It's six months since we last caught up with the Crawley clan
Frank Lampard and his non-celebration
premier leagueManchester City vs Chelsea match report from the Etihad Stadium
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
techNew app offers 'PG alternative' to dating services like Tinder
Greg Dyke insists he will not resign as Football Association chairman after receiving a watch worth more than £16,000 but has called for an end to the culture of gifts being given to football officials
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden sings his heart out in his second audition
tvX Factor: How did the Jakes - and Charlie Martinez - fare?
premier league
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvOnly remaining original cast-member to leave crime series
Mario Balotelli celebrates his first Liverpool goal
premier leagueLiverpool striker expressed his opinion about the 5-3 thriller with Leicester - then this happened
Britain's shadow chancellor Ed Balls (L) challenges reporter Rob Merrick for the ball during the Labour Party versus the media soccer match,
peopleReporter left bleeding after tackle from shadow Chancellor in annual political football match
Arts and Entertainment
Female fans want more explicit male sex in Game of Thrones, George R R Martin says
tvSpoiler warning: Star of George RR Martin's hit series says viewers have 'not seen the last' of him/her
Plenty to ponder: Amir Khan has had repeated problems with US immigration because of his Muslim faith and now American television may shun him
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments