Formula 1 – Monaco Race Review

It was interesting weekend in Monaco. What a pity that the rain that mixed up the free practice on Saturday did not last till the qualifying session …

The domination of McLarens did not come as a big surprise. The test in Paul Ricard indicated that the silver cars are best suited for this tight track. But the gap between them and Ferrari was a bit bigger than expected. The case might be that Massa settled for comfortable 3rd knowing that he has no chance challenging the McLarens.

There is a lot of stuff said about the alleged McLaren team orders. Yes, it was very obvious that Hamilton was faster than Alonso after 2nd pit stop and then slowed down. But realistically, what chance of actually overtaking Alonso without Alonso making mistake did he have? Probably zero … Telling Hamilton to “cool it off” was what any other team would do in the same situation. Switching his strategy from 1 stop to 2 stop is different story though but still there is no guarantee that 1 stop strategy would work. At the end have to admit that bar some crashes or weather surprises the race in Monaco is decided on Saturday, and Alonso got it right. Whatever the speculations are, 1-2 finish for McLaren is fully justified.With Massa only hoping for 3rd the more important for Ferrari was how much could Kimi salvage from the race after his qualifying mistake. Frankly – he was disappointing. One should not say that he had no chance of overtaking without at least attempting it on the track. There are at least 2 overtaking opportunities on the Monaco track. Sure, McLaren would not be able to overtake McLaren, but why the clearly superior Ferrari did not try to overtake Honda?

Fisichella had solid race and finished 4th. I was quite surprised by the pace difference between his Renault and both BMWs behind him.

Kubica and Heidfeld continue to collect points and now are only 6 or so points shy of their last season total.

Alex Wurz finally broke into the points. Williams are becoming regular point scorers again and good for them!

Scott Speed managed surprising 9th, just outside the points. It was very good showing for him after starting from 18th. He gained more positions than Kimi Raikkonen in Ferrari …

Hondas in my opinion messed up big way. Can’t understand how they managed to miss out on points. They should have had at least one if not both cars in top eight. Badly managed race… Another interesting thing was the black helmet on Rubens’ head on Saturday…

Heikki has an “DC” excuse for starting so low on the grid, but if Scott Speed could make up 9 places in Toro Rosso, why Heikki could not do it in much better car?

Toyotas, Red Bulls, Spykers and Aguris had races to forget, though Adrian Sutil had his 5 minutes of glory by being fastest in the wet Saturday free practice. Ralf Schumacher is becoming one sorry driver… Time for him to go, please go, now…

Photos from the race will be uploaded soon, so check back !

2013 Teams and Drivers

Red Bull
1. Sebastian VETTEL
3. Fernando ALONSO
4. Felipe MASSA
5. Jenson BUTTON
6. Sergio PEREZ
8. Romain GROSJEAN
10. Lewis HAMILTON
12. Esteban GUTIEREZ
Force India
14. Paul di RESTA
15. Adrian SUTIL
16. Pastor MALDONADO
17. Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
18. Daniel RICCIARDO
19. Jean Eric VERGNE
20. Charles PIC
21. Giedo van der GARDE
24. Jules BIANCHI

2013 F1 Calendar

15-17 March - Australia
22-24 March - Malaysia
12-14 April - China
19-21 April - Bahrain
10-12 May - Spain
23-26 May - Monaco
07-09 June - Canada
28-30 June - Great Britain
5-7 July - Germany
26-28 July - Hungary
23-25 August - Belgium
06-08 September - Italy
20-22 September - Singapore
04-06 October - Korea
11-13 October - Japan
25-27 October - India
01-03 November - Abu Dhabi
15-17 November - USA
22-24 November - Brazil


2010 Mercedes GP F1 Merchandise