Third Straight For Raikkonen

For the third consecutive race, McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen bested the field in qualifying to start the Monaco Grand Prix from the pole position. He edged second-place Renault's Fernando Alonso by just .083 seconds.

"I'm obviously pleased to bo on pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix where it matters more than most places," Raikkonen said. "The car is working well and due to the gap from yesterday's qualifying session we have been able to adopt what will hopefully prove to be a strong race strategy."

Alonso enters the race leading the points, followed by Toyota's Jarno Trulli in second and Raikkonen in third.

BMW's Mark Webber, who has yet to post a podium finish in his Formula One career, maintained his third position start in Sunday's qualifying. Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella will start the race fourth.

Rounding out the top five in qualifying is defending race winner Trulli, who moved up two places from Saturday's session. Trulli won the race last year for Renault.

Raikkonen's teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya decided not to take part in Sunday's qualifying since he will have to start from the back of the grid in the 78-lap race as punishment for his role in a practice session accident involving Toyota's Ralf Schumacher, Sauber's Jacques Villeneuve and Red Bull's David Coulthard.

Schumacher will also start from the back of the grid in a new car built by the team after the accident.

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Grand Prix of Brazil

@ Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sunday, November 24, 2013

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