Schumi tops qualifying in Monaco

SEVEN-TIME Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher showed flashes of old brilliance in submitting the fastest time in qualifying ahead of Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Schumacher set a lap of one minute 14.301secs for Mercedes right at the death in a pulsating session around the streets of the principality.

But the 43-year-old will not start from pole because of a five-place grid penalty he incurred running into the back of Williams’ Bruno Senna during the Spanish Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s Mark Webber will start from pole, his first since last year’s German Grand Prix, ahead of Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton who will line up third.

Lotus’ Romain Grosjean will be elevated to fourth alongside Hamilton, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso fifth, then Schumacher.

The German will be ahead of Felipe Massa in his Ferrari and the second Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen.

Pastor Maldonado qualified ninth but will start 19th after the Spanish Grand Prix winner collected a 10-place penalty for causing a collision with Sauber’s Sergio Perez in final practice.

Two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel will move up to ninth, the reigning champion bizarrely opting to save a set of tires in the top-10 shoot-out in which he failed to set a time. Noli S. Cruz

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