Formula One: Mark Webber steals Pole in Monaco
From five of the last six Formula One Monaco Grand Prix races in the Côte d'Azur, the driver sitting in Pole Position for race day has gone on to claim victory at the playboy paradise that is the Monaco.
So Australia's Red Bull driver Mark Webber will fancy his chances for the Sunday victory after coming out of nowhere to smash the field and steal Pole Position.
In a fantastic qualification session which featured Renault's Robert Kubica looking like the Monaco domination was his, Mark Webber produced a lap of 1:15.035 in the dying second of Q3 to force the Polish driver to P2 and Sebastian Vettel to P3.
Mark Webber is now priced at 8/11 favourite, with Robert Kubica 4/1.
Felipe Massa (12/1) managed to push his Ferrari to fourth fastest but the Ferrari headlines will surround two-times Monaco winner Fernando Alonso (40/1), who introduced his red Scuderia into the barriers in the later stages of Saturday morning's practice.
The mechanics were unable to mend the Ferrari in time and Fernando Alonso was forced to sit in the paddock and watch the action unfold. Now a 40/1 shot, Alonso will start the Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix from the back of the grid.
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton (12/1) will be staring into the gearbox of Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull after bagging P6, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg (25/1) sharing the third row in P7 after the younger German driver slipped ahead of master Michael Schumacher (putting to bed any returns on my German qualification match bet).
Michael Schumacher (33/1) and Jensen Button (33/1) are found on the fourth row in 7th & 8th respectively.
Rubens Barrichello (150/1) found P9 today after his disastrous last weekend in Spain, with Vitantonio Liuzzi (200/1) seemingly breaking into the top 10 to take the place of the missing Ferrari.
The Rule of Monaco.
The only exception to the rule was 2008 where rain pounded the French asphalt and of course Lewis Hamilton furthered his reputation as the rain-man going on to claim victory.
After the speculation of rain in Spain last week, Lewis Hamilton's price began to shorten on the Sunday morning as punters fancied the specialist to take like a duck to the predicted water.
Well, the same might happen this week as Monaco looked - for the morning at least - far from its usual blistering sun and fancy frocks.
Let's be honest, we'd all love to see a little drop of rain to spice things up a bit and if the track is wet for race day, look out for Hamilton before the price comes in on Sunday morning. After all, it was Lewis Hamilton who claimed victory in the rainy 2008 weekend.
Recognised as one of the most challenging circuits of the season, the Monaco city track constantly provides entertainment, as the slightest of driver errors on the narrow track has the ability to quickly turn into a pile-up.
The grid for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix boasts five former winners. Jensen Button, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher & Jarno Trulli, but it is the Red Bull team who look set to dominate again.
With incident & drama almost assured on the street circuit, can 8/11 favourite Mark Webber claim the famous victory?
Final Monaco Grand Prix Qualification positions.
| Pos || Win Price ||Driver||Team||Q1||Q2|| Q3 ||Laps|
|6||25/1||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP||1:15.188||1:14.375||1:14.544||18|
|7||33/1||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP||1:15.649||1:14.691||1:14.590||23|
|10||200/1||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||1:15.397||1:15.061||1:15.170||27|
|12||150/1||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:15.445||1:15.318||18|
|15||400/1||Pedro de la Rosa||BMW Sauber-Ferrari||1:15.908||1:15.692||20|
|16||400/1||Kamui Kobayashi||BMW Sauber-Ferrari||1:16.175||1:15.992||21|
|21||2000/1||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth||1:17.864||12|
|24||40/1||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||No time||0|
2006 Monaco GP - Fernando Alonso
2007 Monaco GP - Fernando Alonso
2008 Monaco GP - Lewis Hamilton
2009 Monaco GP - Jensen Button