Monaco F1 Grand Prix Round Up

Monaco Grand Prix Review

A dazzling day in Monaco, the harbour’s water was glistening with the reflections of rich party goers on yachts, here to enjoy a weekend of watching motorsport at its pinnacle. The grandstands were full, the pits were busy. Although the scene is totally different and unique, it is business as usual for all personal involved. All eyes were on the Mercedes duo. Was Hamilton going to be able to elbow out his friend and nemesis, Nico Rosberg?

Qualifying

Hamilton was at his finest on Saturday. His best time in Q3 put him on top of the log at the end of the session. “Local” boy Nico Rosberg came short of the achievement by a massive four tenths.

Sebastien Vettel has acquainted himself well with the third slot on the grid this season, whilst Raikkonen continued his woes, only coming up with seventh.

Red Bull knew that this weekend was going to be important for them in terms of results. Relief came with two strong quali performances. The “Daniels” featured third and fourth, the Russian version as the latter.

Sergio Perez, recently told to be a childish slob by his former manager, put the car on the front of the fourth row. Carlos Sainz lined up behind him in eighth.

A top ten finish for Pastor Maldonado made a welcomed entrance.

Alonso couldn’t get into get into Q3, and finally gave up after a mechanical failure…once again.

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POS. NO. DRIVER TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 44 LEWIS HAMILTON MERCEDES 1:16.588 1:15.864 1:15.098 28
2 6 NICO ROSBERG MERCEDES 1:16.528 1:15.471 1:15.440 25
3 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL FERRARI 1:17.502 1:16.181 1:15.849 24
4 3 DANIEL RICCIARDO RED BULL 1:17.254 1:16.706 1:16.041 28
5 26 DANIIL KVYAT RED BULL 1:16.845 1:16.453 1:16.182 26
6 7 KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FERRARI 1:17.660 1:16.440 1:16.427 23
7 11 SERGIO PEREZ FORCE INDIA 1:17.376 1:16.999 1:16.808 22
8 55 CARLOS SAINZ TORO ROSSO 1:17.246 1:16.762 1:16.931 29
9 13 PASTOR MALDONADO LOTUS 1:17.630 1:16.775 1:16.946 30
10 33 MAX VERSTAPPEN TORO ROSSO 1:16.750 1:16.546 1:16.957 29
11 8 ROMAIN GROSJEAN LOTUS 1:17.767 1:17.007 22
12 22 JENSON BUTTON MCLAREN 1:17.492 1:17.093 20
13 27 NICO HULKENBERG FORCE INDIA 1:17.552 1:17.193 16
14 19 FELIPE MASSA WILLIAMS 1:17.679 1:17.278 22
15 14 FERNANDO ALONSO MCLAREN 1:17.778 1:26.632 11
16 12 FELIPE NASR SAUBER 1:18.101 11
17 77 VALTTERI BOTTAS WILLIAMS 1:18.434 10
18 9 MARCUS ERICSSON SAUBER 1:18.513 11
19 28 WILL STEVENS MARUSSIA 1:20.655 9
20 98 ROBERTO MERHI MARUSSIA 1:20.904 10

Q1 107% Time: 1:21.884

***Grosjean penalised five grid places for unscheduled gearbox change. Sainz to start from pit lane – penalty for missing compulsory weighbridge call during qualifying.

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Race

The standard race procedure followed after the five crimson lights went out. Mercedes enjoyed a predictably good start, just as Vettel stayed in the comfort of third, teasing the one second range of Rosberg. The next 72 laps were standard. That is, until Hamilton had an impromptu pit stop that cost him dearly.

Daniil Kvyat finished in a strong fourth position – a definite middle finger to Helmet Marko’s comments after Spain. The other Daniel (Ricciardo) fitted in after him in fifth.

Kimi Raikkonen’s race was less than impressive. A strong tap on the right rear of the car from Ricciardo on lap one came without penalty – a feat that kept the Finn frustrated for the duration of the race. He spent the next laps shouting angrily over the pit intercom, complaining of blue flags and just general traffic issues. He finished sixth.

Perez finished seventh whilst Jenson Button ended in an unconventional eighth place, making it the first points for the McLaren Honda era II. Alonso however, failed to finish the race. This was the first Monaco GP he has not finished since 2004.

Finishing the top ten came Felipe Nasr – another strong performance. Carlos Sainz finished strong as well. Starting from the pit lane he climbed his way up the field well to score a point in tenth.

Just a handful of laps towards the end of the race and during a brief safety car period, car no.44 of Lewis Hamilton came into the pits. The decision to pit was totally odd. Fans and commentators were left dumbfounded at the lack of reasoning behind the call. Lewis eventually finished third, behind Vettel and victor Nico Rosberg.

His in-lap was slow. He even stopped before the tunnel which was reminiscent of Ayrton Senna’s crash there in 1988. At a stage, we even wondered if Hamilton wasn’t going to show up to the podium – which he eventually did. He pulled up, promptly hitting the number three sign where he was to park up, the defending champion exited the car in a slow-motion fashion, lazily made his way to the podium, and actually, handled the rest like a winner. He took it on the chin and accepted his loss. He may not have walked away with 25 points and a lovely trophy, but he does know that he dominated the whole weekend, even if a lousy pit call was the nail-in-the-tyre of his race.

An honourable mention goes to Max Verstappen. Throughout the race he used stealthy aggression, tact and fantastic skill. His move on Grosjean came under much scrutiny and scepticism from other drivers, including Romain himself.

However, let us put the shunt into context. Max was trailing the Frenchman for many laps until his opportunity for a pass became available. He chose to do going into turn one. Though Grosjean covered a defensive line, Verstappen was justified in going for a pass. Unfortunately it didn’t stick, he touched Grosjean, and was sent into the wall.

Irony struck as well. Grosjean and Massa were both very critical of the 17 year Old’s attempts. Let’s remember that Grosjean in 2009, and his return in 2012 is still tainted by his crash prone days. Later, he even confessed to seeing a psychologist about his recklessness during his time of compulsive crashing.

Massa crashed a stupendous amount of times in his Sauber and (early) Ferrari days. His latest kafuffle took place a year ago in Canada. His shunt with Perez in the dying laps of the race is still open for interpretation.

Revs for thought

Dane Hansen

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POS. DRIVER COUNTRY TEAM TIME POINTS
1 NICO ROSBERG GER MERCEDES 1:49:18.420 25
2 SEBASTIAN VETTEL GER FERRARI 4.486 18
3 LEWIS HAMILTON GBR MERCEDES 6.053 15
4 DANIIL KVYAT RUS RED BULL 11.965 12
5 DANIEL RICCIARDO AUS RED BULL 13.608 10
6 KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FIN FERRARI 14.345 8
7 SERGIO PEREZ MEX FORCE INDIA 15.013 6
8 JENSON BUTTON GBR MCLAREN 16.063 4
9 FELIPE NASR BRA SAUBER 23.626 2
10 CARLOS SAINZ ESP TORO ROSSO 25.056 1
11 NICO HULKENBERG GER FORCE INDIA 26.232 0
12 ROMAIN GROSJEAN FRA LOTUS 28.415 0
13 MARCUS ERICSSON SWE SAUBER 31.159 0
14 VALTTERI BOTTAS FIN WILLIAMS 45.789 0
15 FELIPE MASSA BRA WILLIAMS 1 lap 0
16 ROBERTO MERHI ESP MARUSSIA 2 laps 0
17 WILL STEVENS GBR MARUSSIA 2 laps 0
RT MAX VERSTAPPEN NED TORO ROSSO DNF 0
RT FERNANDO ALONSO ESP MCLAREN DNF 0
RT PASTOR MALDONADO VEN LOTUS DNF 0

***Fastest lap – Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1m 18.063s (lap 74)

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I am an avid freelance Formula 1 writer and blogger. My writings are diverse and range from historical insights, to thorough and exciting analysis of the modern era and the topics that come with it. I am also able to take in requests from readers that wish to gain vision into particular stories. All are welcome. I encourage constructive criticism and conversation in comments or via email. My passion for the world’s fastest show consumes my daily efforts and I am always enthused to write about the sport I love most. Even as a pundit, I too have a curiosity and am always ready to learn more about an ever expanding sport.

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