It was yet another fantastically unpredictable session of Formula 1 2012 over in Monte Carlo that left us with none other than Michael Schumacher clocking the fastest time of all – just when the doubts over his future were beginning to snowball.

Schumacher back on top
Schumacher back on top - credit: Mercedes AMG F1 media

Sadly for him and Mercedes, he’ll start down in 6th following his penalty for causing a collision with Senna in Barcelona.  Massive joy for Mark Webber who’s season continues to look good with him inheriting the actual pole position while his reigning champion team mate is unable to fight for pole at all.

During the first round of qualifying Perez collided with the barriers in a rather odd fashion, leaving him down in 24th (pending other driver penalties).  Fortunately for the other drivers this was a gift to help them stay out of being eliminated early on.

McLaren may have made some changes to make sure their pit stop mistakes become a thing of the past, but now one of their champion drivers is in trouble – Jenson Button could only manage 13th (pre-penalties).

Here’s the provisional grid for the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix:

1Mark WebberRed Bull Racing - Renault
2Nico RosbergMercedes AMG
3Lewis HamiltonMcLaren - Mercedes
4Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 - Renault
5Fernando AlonsoFerrari
6Michael SchumacherMercedes AMG
7Felipe MassaFerrari
8Kimi RaikkonenLotus F1 - Renault
9Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing - Renault
10Nico HulkenbergSahara Force India - Mercedes
11Kamui KobayashiSauber - Ferrari
12Jenson ButtonMcLaren - Mercedes
13Bruno SennaWilliams F1 - Renault
14Paul Di-RestaSahara Force India - Mercedes
15Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso - Ferrari
16Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso - Ferrari
17Heikki KovalainenCaterham - Renault
18Vitaly PetrovCaterham - Renault
19Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F1 - Renault
20Timo GlockMarussia - Cosworth
21Pedro de-la-RosaHispania - Cosworth
22Charles PicMarussia - Cosworth
23Narain KarthikeyanHispania - Cosworth
24Sergio PerezSauber - Ferrari