As we all headed back to work and school this morning, the glitz and glamour of the Monaco Grand Prix already seemed a long time ago, with many of is wishing ‘it could be Formula 1 everyday’. But wait! It doesn’t have to end there!
Let’s take a look into our Yay’s and Nay’s of the stunning street race held in the principality of Monaco.
Mark Webber: Mark Webber inherited pole position from Michael Schumacher, who had a 5 place grid drop for the race. Webber drove fantastically and I couldn’t think of a more worthy winner. He also made history by becoming the sixth different winner in six races.
Well done Mark! Keep up the good work.
Felipe Massa: Felipe Massa’s sudden improved form over the weekend pleased everyone, aside from Fernando Alonso perhaps. Many fans were watching the race hoping to hear “Felipe is faster than you”, sadly it didn’t happen.
samanthasstash “Massa doing so well – our Felipe is back Splendid!”
The rain saga: The ‘will it/won’t it’ rain saga was killing me. One minute rain was 5 minutes away, then 30 minutes away and then no rain at all. It was really interesting to watch the drivers try to make their tyres last until the rain began to fall. Sadly for them, the rain never came and they suddenly began dashing into the pits.
samanthasstash ” The front 6 being so close at the end of the race, and the tension of (hoping for proper) rain was brilliant.”
Sebastian Vettel: Mid way through the race, we were transported back to F1 2011 as the reigning World Champion led the race. He managed his tyres perfectly in a way only Sergio Perez seems to pull off. It appeared that both Vettel and Red Bull were banking on rain and getting a free pit stop. For a while, some of us were convinced it would pay off and he would take the win.
Nico Rosberg; He had a great race and claimed that he had the fastest car on the track, though that’s not an easy thing to prove around the streets of Monaco when you’re behind someone, though there is no doubt that Mercedes are strong this year. What I’m giving him a massive Yay for is looking like a cross between a diva and a teapot on the podium.
Force India; Both the Force India boys had a fantastic race and managed to pick up 10 points between them.
Tom “Force India’s strong finish.”
F1 2012: F1 2012 has proven to be gripping and exciting and in Monaco, Formula 1 made history by seeing a sixth different winner in just as many races.
Karma: Pastor Maldonado’s move on Sergio Perez during FP3 was dangerous and I’m not entirely convinced it was an accident. He was slapped with a 10 place grid penalty and then a further 5 place grid penalty after changing his gearbox. This meant he started the race 23rd, one place ahead of Sergio Perez. Maldonado wouldn’t even complete the first lap after running into the back of Pedro de la Rosa’s HRT. Hopefully we’ll see a more calm and composed, race winning Maldonado in Montreal.
It’s Monaco baby!; This has definitely been the most boring race of the season so far and in my opinion, it’s not as good as last years race. While it’s an incredibly technical and thrilling race for the drivers, some of you thought it was dull;
samathasstash “The 50 laps of pretty much nothing happening were a bit of a lull.”
Jean-Eric Vergne’s odd strategy; In the dying laps of the race, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne pitted for the intermediate tyre. An odd decision as it didn’t appear to be raining and if it was, it wasn’t enough for the intermediates. Irritatingly for Vergne, the rain began to pour down when the drivers were on the podium. I imagine Jean-Eric was stood somewhere waving his fists at the sky and cursing.
Tom “STR’s wrong call for the inters.”
Michael Schumacher’s luck; Michael Schumacher would have claimed his first pole position since his return to the sport, had it not been for his 5 place grid penalty carried over from the Spanish Grand Prix where he careered into the back of Bruno Senna. Sadly for the seven time world champion, his bad luck did not end there. Schumacher would not see the end of the race after being forced to retire due to a fuel pressure problem.
Romain Grosjean; His incident at the start of the race not only ended his race but the race of three other drivers. Grosjean has only managed to finish three out of the six races he’s started this year. He’s an incident magnet.
The stewards; I’m being very picky here I know, but their decision to even contemplate punishing the drivers who had to cut the first corner to avoid the stationary Lotus of Romain Grosjean was silly. It was the only choice they had if they wanted to avoid causing another incident.
Have I missed any out? What were your yays and nays of the race?
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