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Sebastian Vettel adds pole position at Monaco to his growing collection // Red Bull scoop their sixth pole position of the year

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Sebastian Vettel adds pole position at Monaco to his growing collection
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This is F1Minute and it’s the 28th May 2011.

Qualifying day in Monaco, and what a rollercoaster ride it was. Nico Rosberg and Tonio Liuzzi both crashed in Free Practice 3, giving their mechanics plenty of work to do. Rosberg made it out in Q1, but neither HRT car left the garage during qualifying at all. Jaime Alguersuari was the midfield runner out in Q1, and he was called to the stewards after an incident at Rascasse where he knocked into a Sauber.

Q2 was a quieter session, with Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Pérez both making it through to the top ten, at the expense of their teammates. Into the final ten minutes, and Sebastian Vettel set an early pole position benchmark. Lewis Hamilton left it late for a one-lap shot at a fast time, and then Pérez suffered a massive crash. The session was red-flagged, as Pérez was extracted from the car, and restarted, with just over two minutes to go, but there was little room for improvement. Hamilton did set a time, but it was later stripped from him as he cut the chicane. Sebastian Vettel takes his fifth pole position of the season so far.