Rosberg to keep Monaco pole

Nico Rosberg has escaped punishment by the Monaco Grand Prix stewards after they could find "no evidence of any offence" during qualifying.

Rosberg was hauled before the stewards for an incident during the closing stages of qualifying that compromised Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's final hot lap.

On provisional pole position by just 0.059secs from Hamilton after the opening quick laps, Rosberg locked up on the entry to Mirabeau on his second and final attempt, and was forced to take the escape road.

An attempt to reverse, however, swiftly brought out the yellow flags, and with Hamilton behind and on a quicker lap, the championship leader was forced to abort, denying him top spot on the grid.

Hamilton later inferred Rosberg's actions were deliberate, but after a surprisingly swift hearing, it was determined the 28-year-old German was not guilty.

A statement read: "The stewards examined video and telemetry data from the team and the FIA and could find no evidence of any offence related to the turn five (Mirabeau) incident."