2011 Monaco Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Formula 1 allows work on the cars during a red flag. Fine. However, someone on the rules committee forgot the whole purpose of this year's tire degradation is to spice things up and promote more passing. Thus, allowing the tires to be changed during the red flag caused a nail biting last 10 laps (even if ultimately no passes were made) to become a predictable pre-2011 procession.
EVENT: One of these days. One of these days...
QUALIFYING: The drama fizzled out after Perez's horrendous crash as did the ability to grab a quick time in the final minute.
RACE: A fantastic race with an anticlimactic ending.
TRACK: Was a lot of fun to watch this year.
START: Perfection for Vettel, Webber again losses position, Rosberg teaches his teammate how it's done, and amazingly it's clean.
VETTEL: Running a one-stop strategy hoping for no safety cars at a place like Monaco is very risky. In fact, that wasn't their plan. But, mistakenly putting on the primes during his first, and it turned out only, stop wound up paying off for Sebastian.
ALONSO: The Ferrari was well suited for Monaco and Fernando made the most of it.
BUTTON: The only one to do three pit stops -- ironic for a guy known to be able to save his tires better than most -- which was a doomed strategy once the Safety Car came out.
WEBBER: To get fourth after a screwed up pit stop -- as well as passing Kobayashi -- is not a bad day after all for Mark.
RED BULL: Monaco is the last place in the world to mess up pit stops and lose positions nearly impossible to get back on the track.
KOBAYASHI: Relatively quiet race for Kamui, and it paid off for a wonderful fifth place. Great for the team after the Perez scare the day before.
PEREZ: Speaking of Sergio, get well soon, and hope to see you in Canada.
SAUBER: For Peter Sauber to have to go through a Monaco crash ordeal after experiencing the Wendlinger's coma in 1994 is rough.
HAMILTON: A one-man wrecking crew. And this after pulling off a brilliant pass on Schumacher. Afterward, Lewis went into full whine mode, blaming everyone but himself, when all the incidents were clearly his fault. And people wonder why he is so hard to like.
SUTIL: Obviously, not allowing the off track distractions to affect his driving.
HEIDFELD: Recovered after a poor qualifying.
PETROV: In the wrong place at the wrong time.
BARRICHELLO: Not too bad for Rubens all things considered, and he got Williams their first points for the season.
MERCEDES: What happened to the Mercedes? After such a good qualifying effort and great start by Rosberg, Nico and Schumacher were nowhere to be seen in the race, then Michael's car went kaput.
MASSA: Pushed around like the weak kid on the playground.
HRT: Perhaps, if you don't think you will qualify, don't try at all. Apparently, you get a bit more leeway when you never turn a qualifying lap than to turn a qualifying lap outside the 107% range.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Desperation.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 69 -- The wildest, craziest lap of the season.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first time a team won Monaco in back-to-back years with different drivers during the World Championship era was Maserati in 1956 (Stirling Moss) and 1957 (Juan Manuel Fangio).
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: What might have been. Alonso describes his thought process when he caught Vettel before the red flag came out, "There was nothing to lose for me. I'm not leading the championship and so I was going to try to win the race. If we crash, we crash..."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Vettel describing the race perfectly, "Today it was a crazy race. It's difficult to imagine you can one-stop at this race."
SCHEDULE: The teams head over to North America. Then, right after Montreal, Mobil 1 will be sponsoring a Car Swap event with Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen on June 14. It's free to all spectators. If you live nearby, be there!
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