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Monaco qualifying sees a Mercedes row and a Caterham crash // Rosberg and Hamilton dominate, but it's Ericsson who is penalised

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Monaco qualifying sees a Mercedes row and a Caterham crash
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The first session of qualifying at Monaco began with a bang as Daniil Kvyat exited the tunnel and hit the wall, damaging the front wing. He made it back to the pit lane and continued on to make it through Q2 and up into the top ten. Toro Rosso teammate Jean-Éric Vergne also made it into the top ten, finishing 7th.

Meanwhile, back in Q1, Marcus Ericsson came barrelling down the inside of Felipe Massa’s Williams and caused a collision that knocked them both out of qualifying. He was later penalised with an enforced start from the pit lane. Massa had posted a fast enough lap time to get to the second session but could take no further part in the action.

Into the top ten and it was a fight between the Mercedes pair for pole, with Red Bull just behind. Rosberg had the provisional time and on his final flying lap, ran off track causing yellow flags. That secured his P1 position, a fact that saw a very unhappy Hamilton post-qualifying. The stewards did investigate but found no cause for alarm. Another Mercedes 1-2, but in Monaco, the cracks are starting to show.