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Nice topic thrown into the air by the nice Sidepodcast people for the first off-season Thursday – Which are your worst three circuits, and what would you do to fix them?
It is not easy to pick only three worst circuits as there are quite a few not so good ones that come to mind – Bahrain, Shanghai, Barcelona, Valencia, Monaco, Hungary, Singapore, Abu Dhabi. Plus add Turkey that has a good track but no one in Turkey cares …
Anyway, here are my top three worst tracks:
Michael Schumacher - 2010 Monaco GP
Mercedes GP has issued statement regarding their appeal against the decision of Monaco stewards. That means that the results will stay as they are, with Fernando Alonso in 6th place and Michael Schumacher 12th, without points. Here is the full text of the statement from the team:
Here are the results of round 6 of our prediction game. Congratulations to NJM, 24 points, only one point less than Enigma’s 25 in round 1 ! We had several correct predictions for race win, fastest lap and pole position. There were also some predictions that included Sebastien Buemi in top 10. On the other hand there were quite a few predictions placing Alonso on pole, I am surprised there weren’t more last minute changes when it became clear that Alonso would not take part in qualifying.
Few predictions arrived after the deadline, I am sorry but only predictions placed before the start of qualifying count …
2010 Monaco GP Qualifying - Webber, Kubica, Vettel
Mark Webber took the pole position in Monaco ahead of Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel. Mark Webber was the only driver in 1:13s. This is the 6th pole position in as many races this season.
2010 Monaco GP – Q3:
1. Webber – 1:13.826
2. Kubica – 1:14.120
3. Vettel – 1:14.227
4. Massa – 1:14.283
5. Hamilton – 1:14.432
6. Rosberg – 1:14.544
7. Schumacher – 1:14.590
8. Button – 1:14.637
9. Barrichello – 1:14.901
10. Liuzzi – 1:15.170
Felipe Massa - The second fastest driver in Saturday practice
Robert Kubica was the fastest driver in the final practice session for 2010 Monaco GP ahead of Massa, Webber and Hamilton. Four different cars among top four. We had a glimpse of what the qualifying may be like with traffic affecting the lap times quite a lot in the closing stages of the session.
Fernando Alonso, the fastest driver on Thursday, faces race against time to get his car ready for the race after hitting the wall early on during the practice causing heavy damage to his car. UPDATE – Fernando Alonso will not take part in the qualifying after damaging the chassis in the FP3 accident. He will use new chassis in the race and therefore will have to start from the pitlane.
Robert Kubica Monaco Practice
It is Monaco time and that means that Friday comes a day early – the Monaco weekend begins today with first two free practice sessions. (Why ? Because Monaco is special, Friday is time for rest and PR and so on …)
Fernando Alonso was the fastest driver in the morning session, the only driver in 1:15s few hundreds ahead of Sebastian Vettel who managed 1:16s sharp. Robert Kubica finished the session in third place. The difference between the fastest Alonso and slowest Chandhok was almost 6 secs per lap.
Not much time to relax – the Monaco GP weekend will kick off today (Thursday) with first two practice sessions (Friday practice happens on Thursday in Monaco). It is time to make predictions for the Monaco GP round of our prediction game.
It is hard to overtake on the short and narrow Monaco track. But with 24 cars on the grid and several not so fast ones among them there is every possibility of some interesting qualifying. Perhaps even more important is the fact that there is
Jenson Button celebrating race win yet again
Jenson Button won the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix, his 5th win of the season. Rubens Barrichello completed 1-2 for Brawn GP. Kimi Raikkonen brought Ferrari to the podium for the first time this year. Felipe Massa finished 4th.
2009 Monaco GP race result:
1. J. Button – Brawn GP – 1:40:44.282
2. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP + 7.666
3. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari + 13.442
4. F. Massa – Ferrari + 15.110
5. M. Webber – Red Bull + 15.730
6. N. Rosberg – Williams + 33.586
7. F. Alonso – Renault + 37.839
8. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso + 1:03.142
FIA published the post qualifying weights short while ago. Brawn cars are the heaviest ones among the front runners while Sebastian Vettel is very lightly fueled. Fisichella, Bourdais, Kubica and Glock are extremely heavy.
Jenson Button – 647.5
Kimi Raikkonen – 644.0
Rubens Barrichello – 648.0
Sebastian Vettel – 631.5
Felipe Massa – 643.5
Nico Rosberg – 642.0
Heikki Kovalainen – 644.0
Mark Webber – 646.5
Fernando Alonso – 654.0
Kazuki Nakajima – 668.0
Sebastien Buemi – 670.0*
Nelson Piquet – 673.1*
Giancarlo Fisichella – 693.0*
Sebastien Bourdais – 699.5*
Adrian Sutil – 670.0*
Lewis Hamilton – 645.5*
Nick Heidfeld – 680.0*
Robert Kubica – 696.0*
Jarno Trulli – 688.3*
Timo Glock – 700.8*
* – declared weights
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes released this video offering a closer look at their new aero for the high downforce Monaco track.
Another pole for Button, best qualifying result of the season for Raikkonen
Jenson Button will start Monaco Grand Prix from pole position. Next to him on front row will be KERS equipped Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. P3 went to Rubens Barrichello, P4 to Sebastian Vettel. Q3 times of some of the fornt runners are rather quick when compared to Q2 suggesting that top 8 may not have too much fuel on board. We will see later today when FIA publishes the car weights.
Q3 times 2009 Monaco GP:
1. Jenson Button – 1:14.902
2. Kimi Raikkonen – 1:14.927
3. Rubens Barrichello – 1:15.077
4. Sebastian Vettel – 1:15.271
5. Felipe Massa – 1:15.437
6. Nico Rosberg – 1:15.455
7. Heikki Kovalainen – 1:15.516
8. Mark Webber – 1:15.653
9. Fernando Alonso – 1:16.009
10. Kazuki Nakajima – 1:17.344