Round 6: Grand Prix of Monaco
A beautiful day in Monte Carlo...Another day of perfect weather gave rise to the most exciting race of the year so far! The Jewel in the F1 crown lived up to it's status. The Grand Prix of Monaco was nothing short of spectacular. I'll say a little something about the race winner, afterwards, but 1st on to the action: A good getaway for Alonso and Rosberg on lap 1 where Schumacher dropped back to 10th. Schumacher then, in the hairpin on lap 1, passed Hamilton for 9th place. On lap 10, Hamilton retook the position with an amazing pass of Schumacher, going into turn 1. Schumacher later retired on about lap 40 of 78. Before that though, Hamilton had a good fight with Massa for several laps. It culminated with Hamilton putting a pass on Massa (that didn't stick) down in the hairpin, where contact was made, shedding bits off of Hamilton's front wing (Hamilton was later penalized with a drive-through penalty for the incident). He then tried to pass Massa again, a few corners later, in the tunnel, which made Massa go wide and hit the wall, unable to finish the race. A huge battle then ensued between Vettel (in 1st place), Alonzo (in 2nd) and button (in 3rd). Catching up to Vettel every lap, Alonso was soon on his tail. With Vettel seemingly holding up Alonso, Button soon joined the party with the freshest tires of the three. Vettel fought for several laps to hold off Alonso and in turn, Alonso, while trying to pass Vettel, had to display defense of his own with Button waiting in the wings. Lapping faster than any others, the leaders soon came upon a train of lapped traffic to deal with in the midst of their fisticuffs. Just entering the train, with 10 laps to go, a huge crash including Jaime Alguersuari, Vitaly Petrov and Lewis hamilton (right in front of Vettel, Alonso and Button) brought out the safety car and then a red flag to the race, which stopped the action. Petrov was injured in the crash, unconscious when paramedics arrived and sent off in an ambulance to the hospital. For the 1st time in F1 history, a race more than 75% complete was restarted after a red flag. Results:WINNER
Sebastian Vettel (15th career win, 5 of 6 the season, 7 of the last 8)P2: Fernando Alonso (1st podium in Monaco since '07)P3: Jenson Button (3rd podium in Monaco)Other placements: (finish/start)Mark Webber ----------- 4th/3rdKamui Kobayashi------- 5th/12thLewis Hamilton --------- 6th/9thAdrian Sutil ------------- 7th/14thNick Heidfeld ----------- 8th/15thNico Rosberg ----------- 11th/7thPaul Di Resta ----------- 12th/13thMichael Schumacher --- DNF/5thFelipe Massa ------------ DNF/6thPastor Maldonado ------ DNF/8thVitaly Petrov ------------ DNF/10thWord from officials is that both Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petrov should be OK. Perez suffering from a concussion but will race in Canada, and Petrov reporting pain in his legs but should also be good to go next race.In closing, I just want to talk about Sebastian Vettel for a minute. This race was 78 laps long, the projected length that the hard compound of tire would last on the circuit was 25 laps. Vettel pitted on lap 16. He wore the same pair of tires until the lap 69 crash that brought out the red flag! 53 laps on the same pair of tires, with Alonso starting to breath down his neck for the final 20 when they were at least 10 laps past their prime, and holding him off.
NellaKreb, on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011, 11:50 AM, said:
But I think the time has come to pass the torch and pronounce the name of the driver who can now claim the title of "Best Driver In The World" - Sebastian Vettel!I don't make this statement or hand out this honor lightly, but considering his age, the form of motorsport he races in, his accomplishments in said motorsport and the way he drives against his opponents, a few of which who have also held the title of Best Driver In The World in recent years (Alonso, Hamilton and of course Schumacher), it is no stretch to say that Sebastian Vettel is now, indeed, The Best Driver In The World!! And this honor will be cemented for him (and I'll be proven right
) if he wins the 1 race that every F1 driver dreams of winning in their career, coming up this next Sunday...
Even though the red flag allowed Vettel to put on a fresh set of rubber for the final 7 laps (which I don't think should've been allowed and should be changed in the rules), he demonstrated a level of driving ability that has maybe never been seen in a driver of his age. According to practice and qualifying times, the hard compound of tire was a full 1.5 seconds slower than the soft compound, Vettel was on the hard compound and Alonso and Button were on the soft compound as they began chasing him down. Vettel did change to a fresh set of softs during the red flag, which undoubtedly helped him retain the lead for the final 7 laps, but he also managed to keep the lead with Alonso less than a second behind him on tires that had been going away for 30 laps. This kid is special. Already en route to his second consecutive Drivers Championship after the 6th race of the season. He will be the youngest driver to ever win the championship back to back (and is already the youngest world champ in F1), beating both of Alonso's records. The next Schumacher...???2 weeks 'til they're back in action... North America awaits!Practice ---------------------------------------------------------- Friday June 10th, 2pm ESTQualifying ------------------------------------------------------- Saturday June 11th, 2pm ESTGrand Prix of Canada at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve --- Sunday June 12th, 1pm EST on FOX