Massa takes pole for Monaco GP, Fisichella 20th

Updated: 28 May 2008 10:03 IST

Felipe Massa outpaced teammate Kimi Raikonen and rest of the field as Ferrari locked out the front row for Sunday's race.

Massa takes pole for Monaco GP, Fisichella 20th

Monte Carlo:

Milestone man Giancarlo Fisichella will start Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix from the back of the grid, while his Force India teammate Adrian Sutil will join him in the last row at the 19th place.

Fisichella had to change his gearbox following the morning practice session, which handed him a five grid place penalty and the five drivers who fell by the wayside after the first qualifying session included his German teammate Sutil as well.

Felipe Massa outpaced teammate Kimi Raikonen and rest of the field as Ferrari locked out the front row for Sunday's race.

Fisichella could only complete two rather than his three planned runs, but unfortunately on both his quickest laps he hit traffic and will start this 200th race in a frustrating 20th position.

Sutil too struggled with traffic on his fastest laps and, despite posting the eighth quickest time of the one-hour practice session in the morning, his best potential qualifying laps were interrupted.

"It was a disappointing qualifying session and, in fact, whole day," a dejected Fisichella later said.

"This morning I had a problem with the gearbox and we had to change it, so I would have been penalised five places anyway, but then it was only ready about 14:05 so we didn't have enough time to do three runs. Very very frustrating," he said. Sutil was not too happy wither.

"I felt my first laps were quite good, but then I had to pass a couple of cars in the first sector. It is really only two tenths or so, but from that point on it's difficult to get in the rhythm.

"There were some positives though: at least we have got the tyre problem fixed and they are working well now," Sutil said.

Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne too felt it was a disappointing qualifying session.

"A gearbox problem this morning limited Giancarlo's running and then he hit traffic on his fastest lap, which would have been very close to putting him through to Q2. Adrian has done a steady job today, improving in each session, but overall I think we had a car that shouldn't be on the back row," he rued.

Topics : Formula 1 Michael Schumacher Brawn Honda Giancarlo Fisichella Lewis Hamilton Sepang International Circuit McLaren
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