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Formula 1

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton qualified in first and second places respectively for the Monaco Grand Prix today. 

• Today´s result gives the team our six straight pole position of the season and the third front row lockout 

• Nico claimed his second pole of the season, qualifying just ahead of Lewis in second place 

• Nico´s sixth Formula One pole sees him overtake his father, Keke, who achieved five career poles 

• This marks the 23rd pole position for the Silver Arrows in Formula One 

Nico Rosberg 
I´ve felt really good in the car for the whole weekend and to get pole again here in Monaco is fantastic. The team has done a great job again this weekend because our performance is so strong even on this unique circuit – which shows that we have developed a really strong chassis and engine package for this season. I did a really great banker lap at the beginning in Q3 but Lewis was very close, so I gave it another try and pushed a bit more, unfortunately just a bit too much over the limit. I locked up the rears and then the fronts offline at the bumpy downhill part of the track before turn five but I just managed to get down the escape road. I have apologised to Lewis for having hindered the opportunity for him to improve his lap time. Now I will look ahead and forward to the race. I need to have a good start and I hope for a strong race with a good strategy. 

Lewis Hamilton 
I´d had a good weekend so far and I´ve just been concentrating on my own performance and working on the pace one step at a time. Qualifying was going well today but in hindsight, I should have nailed my best lap before the end of Q3. This is Monaco and there is always the risk of yellow flags here. Of course, I´m extremely disappointed that I didn´t get to finish my lap as I was a couple of tenths up. That´s motorsport. I have to get the best possible start and then see what we can do from there. 

Toto Wolff 
That was a thrilling qualifying session. We had two drivers fighting right on the edge for every thousandth of a second and that´s when mistakes happen, as they did today for Nico. It was an incredible fight between Nico and Lewis and, from the team´s perspective, it´s fantastic to have locked out the front row at the track where qualifying matters most. But we have a hard race ahead of us tomorrow and it´s one of the most demanding on the calendar. There is still a long way to go. 

Paddy Lowe 
It was a very close qualifying session and, as usual, the problem around Monaco is getting clean laps with the tyres in the right condition, and without causing obstructions to other cars. That makes it the most intense qualifying session of the year. The team did a fantastic job this afternoon, managing a faultless set of laps with both cars and progressing comfortably through each stage of qualifying, while an extremely close battle was unfolding between Lewis and Nico, as we saw. Unfortunately, this ended with Nico going along at Mirabeau. From a team perspective, it´s a great result to get both cars on the front row at Monaco, and a real encouragement to see that the W05 Hybrid is also strong at this circuit, which presents completely different challenges to any other. 

F1Weekly podcast # 639

Stefano Coletti

Clark and Nasir have the Korean Grand Prix post race round-table discussion, we have Motorsports Mondial and special interview with Stefano Coletti.

was born in the Principality of Monaco on 6 April 1989. He weighs 73 kg and is 1.80 m tall.

According to his parents Stefano was born under a special star; Armande (of Monegasque nationality) and Gianluigi (of Italian nationality), Stefano was conceived on board Keke Rosberg’s yacht during a summer vacation – was this perhaps a sign of his destiny?

He was quite an unruly and quite hyperactive child. In order to channel his high levels of energy he started playing soccer at a young age, then tennis and lastly skiing. However he did not reach his full potential as a sportsman.

Armande then had the idea to take Stefano to the Arma di Taggia go-kart circuit to see if he enjoyed the experience. There followed an opportune encounter with Guido Mandracci, a motorbike champion in the 70s and manager of the circuit. Guido took Stefano under his wing and discovered a talented driver with an exceptional ability to analyse the track. Despite a slow start in karting, Guido was very optimistic about Stefano’s talent and persisted with his training. He knew what he was doing and a special bond developed between them, leading over time to a huge improvement in his performance and skill level.

Stefano, like the majority of the best drivers in Formula 1, began his career in karting, where he shone during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, becoming the European Champion, before moving on to single seaters. However, despite his raw speed on the circuit, he lacked consistency. Talent must be combined with hard work and training – a difficult concept for a teenager. From late 2010 Stefano had a step change in his attitude to the sport, due to his increasing maturity and awareness of his goals and what he had to do to get to them. His training has become relentless, with a daily workout of a combination of cycling, jogging, gym work and canoeing in the sea off Monaco – all under the supervision of a dedicated coach.

A naturally very strong athlete, Stefano challenges now his GP2 rivals with a mixture of determination, concentration and composure. In 2011 he obtained three victories in his debut year and after gaining more experience in 2012 has begun the 2013 season in the best way with two wins and three podiums in the first eight races in Malaysia, Bahrain, Spain and Monaco.