Michael Schumacher has lost his provisional pole position. The stewards have decided that the German deliberately stopped his car at Rascasse to prevent others from setting a faster time. The Ferrari driver sees all his times from qualifying scrapped and is therefore placed at the very back of the grid next to his team mate Felipe Massa. Jean Todt reacts on the penalty given by the stewards.
Jean Todt "Ferrari notes with great displeasure the decision of the race stewards, which is to delete the times set by Michael Schumacher in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. We totally disagree with it. Such a decision creates a very serious precedent, ruling out the possibility of driver error. Michael was on his final timed lap and he was trying to put his first place beyond doubt, as could be seen from the fact that his first split time was the best and could have seen him do another very good lap. With no real evidence, the stewards have assumed he is guilty."