Webber Takes Pole Position for Monaco as Schumacher Penalized

Red Bull’s Mark Webber took pole position for tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix as Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher, who had today’s fastest qualifying time, was penalized for a crash in the previous race.

Schumacher, the seven-time world champion, qualified in 1 minute, 14.301 seconds. Webber had the next best time, at 1 minute 14.381 seconds.

Schumacher will start in sixth after stewards imposed the five spot penalty the German was given after a crash in Spain. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg will start second, with Lewis Hamilton in third. Lotus’ Romain Grosjean is fourth, and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso fifth.

Schumacher came out of retirement for the 2010 season, and hasn’t been able to achieve the success he was used to. He’s having his worst start to a season ever, with just two points from five races. He said he was convinced that he could qualify well in Monaco.

“To manage pole position here after what I have gone through in the past two-and-a-half years is just fabulous,” the driver said at a press conference. “That’s what sticks in my mind. I told you guys already in the press conference, my situation is going to be pole, start the race in sixth and I’m going to win it. That’s what I’m here for and what I’m going to aim for. That’s all I gave in min mind and the past doesn’t matter at all.”

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