I woke up extra early today to get prepped for the final Monaco Grand Prix qualifier. It is my first "official" race weekend since becoming an Formula 1 fan (thanks to BlackBerry) so needless to say I was totally pumped to show my support.

As things got up and running, Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took charge and rocked out the qualifier. 

Being a total F1 rookie, I'll admit it did take me a little while to figure out just what was going on, but after I got myself sorted I realized that the Mercedes cars were making awesome time and setting up for great starting positions in tomorrows race. To my surprise the two did an amazing job and Nico took the pole with the top time while Lewis stuck in a close second to lock down the front row for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix (and yes, we're on a first name basis already). 

The Mercedes team finished just ahead of Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Kimi Raikkonen took fifth.

I'm pretty pumped to see how it goes tomorrow. I've never watched an F1 race in my life so it should make for an amazing experience. I did have both F1 Live24 and the F1 2013 Timing App on hand on my BlackBerry to keep me in the loop as well, so those should be a huge help in keeping up with the race. 

Are you looking forward to the big race? Any tips for a first time fan? Let me know in the comments!

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