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Motor Racing: F1 stewards confirm Rosberg's controversial Monaco pole

Published on May 25, 2014 1:26 AM
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (left) and Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg pose in the parc ferme of the Monaco street circuit after the qualifying session of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix in Monte Carlo on May 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MONACO (AFP) - Nico Rosberg will start from pole position in Sunday's Formula One Monaco Grand Prix after an inquiry by race officials cleared the Mercedes driver of any underhand tactics in qualifying.

The German's performance in Saturday's qualifying triggered an official investigation after he lost control and left the circuit, causing yellow flags to be waved in the final minutes of a tense session.

Rosberg's team-mate Lewis Hamilton, whose lap was wrecked by the flags, was incensed, claiming that he would have taken pole if he had completed his lap at full speed.

Suspicions were raised that Rosberg had "done a Schumacher" - in 2006, Michael Schumacher was stripped of pole after race stewards decided that he had stopped deliberately after running wide at the Rascasse corner in his Ferrari.

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