#F1 Race Review: A showdown in the principality of Monaco

Brought to you by TheJudge13 contributor John Myburgh

Monaco, the coveted prize for Formula One drivers. Ask them and they all say this is the one they want to win.

Mercedes 1-2 MonacoGP 2014

After yesterday’s controversial qualifying where Rosberg beat Hamilton in the battle for pole the race could not come soon enough, especially after Hamilton’s comments when asked about Rosberg being on pole. “I don’t know if Senna and Prost talked about it but I quite liked the way Senna dealt with it, so I’ll take a page out of his book.

This statement could have meant a host of things but at Monaco, this did not result in a different Hamilton.

In a race that started very tense and remained full of drama, Rosberg beat Hamilton to the line by almost 10s as the latter had trouble seeing during the closing stages. Ricciardo claimed 3rd for Red Bull Racing but was battling with Hamilton over the last 5 laps trying to find a way past but it was not to be.

Further down the grid, on a day where rumours are saying Caterham is up for sale, Jules Binachi possibly put the nail into the coffin for the Green team by claiming 8th and in doing so Marussia’s first points (9th after taking a 5s penalty).

The race

The race started under cloudy skies with an air temperature of 16˚C and the expected rain never materialised. On the formation lap, Maldonado stalled his Lotus and was pushed off the grid to the end of the pitlane causing Bianchi, Chilton and Gutierrez to start the race out of place which earned them each a 5s stop/go penalty.

As the lights went out and the two Mercedes cars of Rosberg and Hamilton lead the way into Sainte Devote. The German managing to get a great start off the line allowing him to take turn 1 uncontested. Down the grid Ricciardo lost our to both Vettel and Raikkonen, the latter also getting the jump on his teammate Alonso. Considering the relationship between the Ferrari pair this must have really irked the Spaniard.

Sergio Perez - VLM07 MonacoGP 2014With all the cars safely through turn 1, a crash was the last thing anyone was expecting but not to disappoint, Perez collided with Button as he tried to go round the outside of Brit at Mirabeau. The result was a safety car while they cleared away the stricken VJM07 and an investigation that would be conducted after the race.

Grosjean, Sutil and Maldonado pitted immediately with Grosjean putting on softs while Sutil switched to supersofts, and Maldonado retired with fuel problem.

At the restart Rosberg managed to get away from his chasing teammate however, third place Vettel had more bad luck. Radioing in with electric problems he was called in to the pits for new tyres and a reset. In doing so it dropped him way down the order but it did not matter. Emerging from the pits he immediately told his team his car was stuck in 1st gear and soon after he was called in to park his car, race over.

Nothing really changed at the front though as the Mercedes cars streaked into the distance, Hamilton pushing Rosberg hard with Raikkonen 3rd, a further 2.5s back. And this set the tone for the race, most of the front runners settling into position for the afternoon.

However further down the grid Sutil was feeling feisty in his Sauber. First taking Grosjean down the inside of turn 6 on lap 10 and then 3 laps later making the same move on Ericsson for 16th. Meanwhile Kvyat called it a day and parked his Toro Rosso in the pits. Elswhere Massa was on the gearbox of his teammate Bottas in 11th, just over a second back having made up some places during the first safety car option not to stop.

By lap 15 Hamilton started having problems with his rears but was told to hold off coming in for fresh rubber. He still managed to keep the gap to Rosberg at about 1s and kept the pressure on the German with the latter starting to have problems with his front tyres 6 laps later.

A third into the race and approaching the pitstop window, Rosberg led Hamilton by 1.4s with Raikkonen, Ricciardo and Alonso following and as if it was scripted a safety car appeared. For all his brilliant overtakes during the race, Sutil lost the rear of his Sauber at the same place Kyvat did in yesterday’s qualifying resulting in a damaged Sauber parked at the Chicane.

With Rosberg leading the Mercedes duo he got first call for new rubber. Hamilton pitted soon after, both getting away cleanly. Vergne though nearly takes out Magnussen as he leaves his pit and earned himself a drive-through penalty for his troubles.

Hamilton was not happy though. Complaining on the radio that the team should have pitted him earlier, “we should have pitted on that lap, you should have called me in guys” and then ending it with “I can’t believe what just happened.

Meanwhile Raikkonen was forced to make a second stop under the Safety Car after coming together with the lapped Marussia of Chilton. The unexpected pitstop drops him into 14th while Ricciardo moved up to 3rd.

By lap 29, and having oped not to stop at any of the Safety Car periods, Massa found himself in 5th place, not bad for someone who started 16th courtesy of yesterday’s incident with the Caterham of Ericsson.

At the second restart Rosberg led the way again from Hamilton with Ricciardo, Alonso and Massa in pursuit. McLaren rookie Magnussen now found himself in 6th with Vergne, Hulkenberg, Button and Bottas making up the top ten. In a brilliant overtake Hulkenberg slides up and past the inside of Magnussen going through Portier, after the latter was also passed by Vergne who was then called in for his drive-through penalty for unsafe release.

Bianchi was having a great afternoon and on lap 36 wrestled 13th place from Kobayashi in the Caterham at the hairpin. Kobayashi was now enjoying the attention of lone Lotus survivor Grosjean with Ericsson not too far behind either. But the battle of the French drivers was in full swing! Vergne emerged from serving his penalty just ahead of Bianchi, but the Marussia man pounced immediately and passed Vergne for 12th.

Up front Rosberg and Hamilton was not hanging round. The two teammates trading fastest lap times in what is turning out to be THE teammate battle of the year. The pace was too hot for the Red Bull of Ricciardo and he was left trailing the two Mercedes cars by almost 8s.

Just over halfway into the race Rosberg is warned his fuel will become critical if he did not address his consumption. In every middle section Hamilton drew closer but through Portier and the tunnel Rosberg regained the lost time. While Rosberg was getting constant warnings to save fuel, Hamilton was allowed to race freely however he could still not gain enough on his teammate to make a pass.

Meanwhile Massa finally pitted after 45 laps on the supersoft tyres, dropping the Williams driver from 5th to 11th, just ahead of Bianchi. The Frenchman though was receiving lots of attention from Vergne, trying to find a way past his countryman.On lap 50 Vergne and Bianchi bumped at the hairpin, Vergne jabbing the back of Bianchi’s Marussia in front with shards of carbon flying but nothing serious and they continued on their way, but not for long.

The Renault engine in the back of the Toro Rosso cried ‘no-more’ and ended it’s life with smoke pouring out the back of the car as he nursed it back into the pits, both cars now out of the race.

While running in 9th Gutierrez came under intense pressure from Raikkonen with Massa not too far away. The rookie probably not too comfortable with having the red Ferrari in his mirrors but appeared to be dealing with it just fine. In front of him however we saw the second engine failure of the race, this time in the form of Bottas’ smoking Williams Mercedes.

As Bottas parked his car on the outside of the hairpin, Gutierrez, Raikkonen and Massa passed him, meaning Bianchi was now in 11th, and close to the points. But it was almost not to be as news came through that the Frenchman was being investigated for taking his five-second penalty under the Safety Car.

On lap 62 the pressure became too much for young Gutierrez as he hits barrier at La Rascasse forcing Raikkonen and Massa to take evasive action to miss the damaged Sauber. Gutierrez’s retirement meant Bianchi was up to P10, but with the cloud of a penalty hanging over his head his team urged him to focus on the race.

With 12 laps to go and the race moving into it’s closing stages Ricciardo was setting purple sectors and took the fastest lap of the race, throwing his Red Bull through the corners. The bull smelling blood? Hamilton was 4 s adrift of Rosberg and going backwards complaining “I can’t see out my left eye“. Ricciardo was now lapping between 0.5 and 1s per lap faster than Hamilton and catching the Brit quickly.

With 5 laps remaining Ricciardo was told he is faster than Hamilton and “will catch him”. Hamilton meanwhile was involved in an agitated exchange of words with his team.

Hamilton (annoyed):Can you keep updated on the times please?!

Peter Bonnington (calm):Eight seconds ahead of Ricciardo

Hamilton (fuming):I don’t care about Ricciardo! I want to know about Nico

Peter Bonnington (bewildered):You’re 5.9 seconds behind

Talk about building a team spirit!

As the leaders came up behind and passed – the Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Button scrap – it was the latter who took advantage of the confusion with the leaders in their midst as he overtook Magnussen and moved up to 6th.

As if there was not enough drama already, Raikkonen then tried to take Magnussen on the inside of the hairpin, locked up and went straight and into the barriers at slow speed, fast enough to cause damage and send him to the pits. Magnussen, though, continued in 7th but more importantly, Bianchi was now in 8th although he still had a 5s penalty to serve.

Up front though Rosberg won the race by almost 10s, having led every single lap of the race as he did last year, to regain the lead in the World Driver’s Championship. Hamilton just managed to hold off Ricciardo for 2nd while Alonso ended his afternoon in a quiet 4th. Nico Hulkenberg brought home his VJM07 in 5th followed closely by Button and Massa. Bianchi collected the first points for Marussia in 8th (9th after 5s penalty applied) with Grosjean and Magnussen completing the top 10.

Monaco 2014 Podium

In an afternoon where Hamilton was left to ponder on what may have been if he had secured pole yesterday his teammate drove a superb race. And with Hamilton known for being emotional, will he allow this race to get under his skin or will he retaliate like his hero Senna did and beat Nico where it really matters, in the Championship or…

Final Results

# Driver Ctry Team Time Gap Pits
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:21.644 1:49:27.661 1
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.262 9.200 1
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:21.257 9.600 1
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.785 32.400 1
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:24.195 1 lap 1
6 Jenson Button McLaren 1:23.927 1 lap 1
7 Felipe Massa Williams 1:24.091 1 lap 1
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:23.003 1 lap 2
9 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:22.849 1 lap 1
10 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:21.573 1 lap 1
11 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1:21.823 1 lap 1
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:20.330 1 lap 3
13 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:26.757 3 laps 2
14 Max Chilton Marussia 1:21.098 3 laps 3
R Sebastian Vettel Red Bull RETIRED 74 laps 2
R Esteban Gutierrez Sauber RETIRED 19 laps 1
R Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso RETIRED 29 laps 3
R Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso RETIRED 69 laps 1
R Valtteri Bottas Williams RETIRED 24 laps 1
R Adrian Sutil Sauber RETIRED 56 laps 1
R Pastor Maldonado Lotus RETIRED 78 laps 0
R Sergio Perez Force India RETIRED 78 laps 0


World Drivers’ Championship

2014 Drivers' Championship Graph Monaco

World Constructors’ Championship

2014 Constructors' Championship Graph Monaco

48 responses to “#F1 Race Review: A showdown in the principality of Monaco

  1. Before everyone piles on about Lewis being unhappy on the podium I really don’t care. It’s going to be a great season between them and will surely result in tears at a corner somewhere. My experience in racing shifter karts is that the guys at the front are usually pissed at each other for something or other. Sometimes it was even me! Some complaint about this corner or that corner or chopping the nose off. I want Lewis to be annoyed. Roll on the next race.

      • It can be great theatre ala Schumacher / Hakkinen or Prost / Senna or Lauda / Hunt, but it doesn’t have to be so graceless and petty. Lewis being visibly unhappy is no problem. Lewis’s rhetoric prior to, during and after the GP weekend shows his delusional, idiotic, childish and flippant character. Fight yes, but fight like a grown up. Be at least a touch resilient and take the shit you give. The metaphorical kiddie slapping style fight from HAM undermines him and ultimately the team. Senna / Prost or Schumacher / Hakkinen had an air of men doing what they had to do to win.

        • Schumacher/Häkkinen was a rivalry defined by mutual respect. Senna/Prost was just pure hatred and what I think about Hamilton’s antics is unprintable.

          • Come on now, we all know what you think of Lewis, even before today, so it wouldn’t have made a difference even if it was printable.

          • I doubt that you know what I think of him.
            It is rather obvious that in your opinion he cannot do wrong and everyone who dares to criticize him finds himself at the receiving end of some of your more childish comments as evidenced in the comment section.

            I’ve been following his career long before he came to F1 since it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that he was to be a future champion. The more disappointing was his childish whining yesterday.
            They all had such moments – Alonso, Vettel, Button, heck even Senna. But I never remember one of them to be that annoying. Especially since Lewis had started quite a lot of mind games in the build-up of the race. He isn’t a rookie. He should have known that his ‘I’m hungrier than him, because he’s just a rich kid’ spiel would make him look like an utter clown if Rosberg would beat him. Which he did, quite soundly.

          • Good god man!! What’s with the long ranting? Did your watering hole dry up or something?

            As for you saying, you’ve not seen any other driver behave like Lewis did yesterday, well I’m glad your conveniently forgetting the spygate saga in 07. You know that one, where Alonso threatened his team, that if he didn’t get preferential treatment, he would expose them? I haven’t seen anything Lewis has done, that cost a team $100m. How about Kimi in Malaysia in 08, whilst everyone was waiting for the monsoon to pass by, he was spotted eating an ice cream whilst in his civis.

            So what if Lewis started like you say “mind games”, which driver doesn’t? Didn’t jenson just start one with his rookie teammate? Mind games is part of the sport, every driver does it. Why you’re so surprise about it, is beyond me.

            You like most people have clearly taken his comments out of context, so here is an excerpt from the post race interview, where he actually clarified his comments…..

            Q: (Ralf Bach – Sport Bild) Lewis, to clean the situation, did you tell the BBC in this interview where you said these things with the boat or didn’t you say that?
            LH: I was asked who was hungrier. I think if you ask every driver they will say that they’re the hungriest and I said that what gives me the hunger is where I grew up in comparison to where Nico grew up. You know I’ve always been striving to come and live here. I used to travel around with Nico in his Dad’s plane, I used to go to his boat, I used to go to his house, I used to have those experiences and that gave me those experiences and that gave me the desire to want that one day, which gave me the hunger. It was his Dad obviously who inspired me to be where I am today.

            Q: (Ralf Bach – Sport Bild) So you did say it.
            LH: Yes, but – as Nico said – it was taken out of context a little bit.”

            You talk about childish behaviour, but aren’t we all acting childish (me included) when we sit here and berate the drivers, because they’ve not done what we deam to be the right thing? It’s always easy to sit on the sideline and talk about what they should or shouldn’t have done. But I’m sure that if we were in that situation, we all probably would’ve done the same thing, if not worse. So let’s stop act like we are all so righteous and forthcoming. After all, no 2 people are alike, not even identical twins.

            It’s one race out of 5 that he has won that they have both finished together on arguably the slowest Micky mouse track around, that you probably couldn’t pass anyone on, even if you were in the starship enterprise. And has the commentators pointed out yesterday, of the 5 wins nico has, 3 have been at Street circuits. So let’s see what happens when they get to proper race tracks, because so far, it’s 4-0 to Lewis.

            So continue, to call my comments childish, that’s your choice, but my comments are no different from yours or anyone else, when it comes to talking about the driver we each support. I’ve seen on numerous occasion, you having ago with other bloggers about their views, so aren’t you acting childish then too?

            But like you said, “a government tried to shut you up and failed”, so I doubt any of us here has any hope whatsoever of doing so.

          • I called your comments childish, because I remember some of them consisted solely of cheap shots about my weight of the shape of my derriere 😉
            As for my alleged lack of criticizing other drivers. You really seem to have a long-term memory problem, else you’d remember that I’ve been rather critical of Alonso’s antics and even Vettel got his share of criticism. I don’t see a reason why I should make and exception for Lewis.

          • Like I said, I’m new to this site, so I’m not familiar with your views or what you might have said about the driver you support. Likewise you’re not familiar with my views.

            Buy one thing I am, is fair, maybe a litre bias at times, but who isn’t. If Lewis screwed up, I’m not gonna sugar coat it, I’ll say it like it is.

            I’m a Liverpool supporter and when Gerrard screwed up against Chelsea, no one wanted to lay the blame at his feet, everyone looked to blame someone else, soley because it’s Gerrard and what he has done for the club. I did make any friends in Liverpool forums, because I wasn’t scared to let it be known, “he screwed up and he’s got to shoulder the blame”….

            As for Lewis, I just feel that it’s slightly unfair that he is being vilified, because he felt that his teammate, did something deliberately to gain an advantage. Heck, most comments about the issue, thought nico cheated. I maybe wrong, but I think I saw even the judge saying, “that he felt what nico did was deliberate”….I could be wrong, but if I am, I apologise in advance to the judge.

            So clearly he still harboured those feelings, who wouldn’t? It’s not like this happened on a circuit that would’ve still given him an opportunity to pass nico on the track. We all no Monaco is like trying to get through rush hour traffic in time square. So his only chance of winning, was to get pole.

            So I will hold my hand up, and apologise to you for what I said yesterday. So I hope we can move on and continue to have constructive and insightful debates.

        • Just a quick question, where you of the same opinion during the multi 21 drama? The Schummi v Ruebens farce? Alonso v Massa farce in the German gp and the many other that have occurred similar to this? And I’m asking a genuine question here.

          I’m asking because it seems by almost everyone’s reactions and comments, that what he has done, is something new in F1. Wasn’t this what everyone was talking about and hoping would happen even before the season began. They’re all massively competitive and want to win, so if this had been any other driver who reacted this way, would we also call them names and so on?

          • Well I admit that it would be a lot of work to read all the archived posts, but I can give you the short summary:

            Multi21: I was appalled that the team employed team orders this early in the year. I still think Vettel’s reaction (ignoring it) was correct, but his inconsistency afterwards (insincere apology etc) was absolutely cringe-worthy.

            Schumacher/Barrichello at Austria: Again the team made an absolutely unneccessary decision. Nothing to criticize the drivers for. They just did what they were told.

            Alonso/Massa in germany ’10: copy-paste the the Schumacher/Barichello text

            You are right, we didn’t see such a conduct the first time. We saw it from Button, when Perez attacked him on the track. We saw it from Alonso when Massa didn’t give him enough tow in Monza, we saw it from Vettel in several races in ’12 and ’13. But if you would take of your fanboy glasses for a while, you’d remember that the majority of this site’s readers criticised all of them quite heavily for it, so why should Lewis not be held to the same standards.

          • There you go again, so because I’m trying to give a counter argument in support of the driver I’m in favour of, I’m now a “fan boy”?

            So by that reckoning, aren’t we all “fan boys” then?

            I’m relatively new to this site, so would not know what your veiws and reaction where to those incidents, hence me asking the question.

          • There is one difference, Fortis. You can support a driver and still criticise his actions if he deserves it. I’m a Vettel supporter – that’s the worst kept secret around here – but that doesn’t mean I condone of his bad conduct in the aftermath of Multi 21. I would never defend him for the half-arsed appology and then completely changing his tune two weeks later. That was just stupid.
            Several Lewis fans have voiced their dissatisfaction with how Lewis handled last weekend. That’s the difference between a fan and a fanboy. The fanboy tries to justify his hero’s actions, even if he took a leak in the hotel pool.

  2. 1. Regardless of the rights or wrongs of yesterday, HAM shows a serious lack of class when he is such a sore loser. This has been prevalent throughout his career, whether it was ALO, BUT or ROS beating him – he’s never sporting at the end of the race when he loses to his teammate.
    2. I’m a little surprised MB didn’t try the obvious different strategy with HAM in the race – why not bring him in before the SC came out? He was still certain to finish second at worst. They haven’t been shy heretofore to try a different strategy when ROS has been running second.
    3. Equally, why didn’t HAM TELL his team he was coming in for new tires then? They’d have no choice but to change them then. BUT excels at those kind of decisions, if not much else. So, I don’t think he can complain too much to the team when he doesn’t have the balls himself.

    • He was saying in an interview that MB have a singular strategy team for both, non preferential, and that the lead driver gets the ‘call’, you can’t just make the call. Does seem a bit silly, but I guess its fair. The stops were really the only hope today, and the SC drawing the pit stops, and the teams system rendered that a non opportunity.

      • And that as the reason Rosberg pushed to hard to overtake before the first round of stops in Bahrain and Spain, wasn’t it? Hamilton is making drama for something he knew would happen if that’s the case. He is being inmature and risking the advantage he had in the champonship, as usual. And if they had tried something different and it hadn’t worked… he would be blaming the team and making drama anyway.

        • Yeah, definately, but in this instance he’s miffed because he didn’t get the chance to push like Rosberg did in Bahrain and Spain, as the SC in effect neutralised that, and its Monaco so overtaking in the same car someone half awake is, well….. with the exception of him maybe nipping in a lap early, i.e an alternate strat/opportunity pit, it was always a loosing drive. Its Monaco, its always a boring race, look at last year.

          Its perhaps not his finest hour, but He’s always been like that, most really competative folks are. Your last sentance is just speculation, but there is probably some truth to it. Again, its frustration, from someone competative.

        • I’ve seen it argued that he was saying that stacking the cars risked losing a place to Ricciardo, thus they should have brought someone in once it was obvious the SC would be out.

          Didn’t see it in person but makes sense.

    • He couldn’t have done so, because the team only has one strategist and the rule of thumb is, the driver in front gets first choice

      So the question now is, if the drivers and crews are competing against each other, then why is there only one strategist? Shouldn’t they each have their own? Will that one strategist remain impartial?

      • And if he came in anyway, you know at the last minute, before they could say no…? That’s what BUT would have done.

    • I think that Lewis would lost few positions if he was called in box a lap earlier, and then we would listen “Why did you call me earlier?” :).

      He would be cca 20 sec (one pitstop) behind Nico, 15 sec behind Kimi and 10 behind Daniel (times are examples :)) on a slower tire. When safety car is deployed all cars must drive according to delta times for sectors, slower and maintain distance. Distance between the cars would stay the same but interval would grow, if speed during safety car is 1/2 of normal speed interval would be doubled, so Lewis would be 40 sec behind Nico, 30 behind Kimi and 20 behind Daniel. Safety car or no safety car pit stop takes the same time and after their stops Nico would be 20 sec in front of Lewis, Kimi 10, and with Daniel would be close call.

      Did I miss something?

  3. I think Lewis has lost himself a lot of fans today… I’ve never been one for taking favourites in any sport (other than Ice Hockey…) but I was willing Ricciardo on today.

    He seems to forget that it only took him 4 races to make up the deficit from failing to finish in the first race. He should have the belief in his ability and just mark this one down as a race where someone else did a better job.

    He reminds me a bit of what I was like when I was about 12 – everything that went wrong was always someone else’s fault and anyone who beat me must have been cheating. It might also be worth him remembering he’s potentially an outsider in a German team – taking that attitude will only strengthen the bond between the team and Rosberg.

    It’s such a shame – he has such innate skill and when he is happy he is really pleasant to hear being interviewed. I know he will still have lots of fans who will follow him no matter what but how he is behaving recently will mean he will lose a lot of the more casual support.

    • Apparently the tension has been festering since the Bahrain gp……

      Hamilton revealed after the Monaco GP that Rosberg had used a similar aggressive engine setting in his bid to snatch victory in Bahrain earlier this year.

      Wolff said that their actions have now forced a clampdown on the drivers, with neither now allowed to play around with the mappings settings on their own.

      “It’s never going to happen again,” declared Wolff.

      “I think they are probably exploring how far you can step up above the line and what the consequences are. But isn’t that normal?

      “You have a chance of winning the championship and as long as it is not detrimental to the team spirit, as long as it is not underhand, we will handle the situation in the way we did before.

      “The moment it goes in the direction where we believe it is not the spirit of Mercedes Benz we will act accordingly.”

      • Interesting.. but how can they stop them changing the engine mapping in car 😀

      • The difference is that Lewis has, up until now, won every race where they have both finished this season.

        And he’s done things himself that weren’t much different.

        Monaco is always a race where whoever gets pole is more that likely to go on to win. Why make such a fuss? Accept that Nico did a better job this time and go on to blow him in to the weeds for the rest of the season.

        His mood is looking so much like what we’ve seen in the past which leads to a downward spiral. He’s in danger of talking himself out of this championship rather than just getting on with doing what he does best.

  4. Well, securing pole basically secures you the race win, so I don’t see what is so spectacular about Rosberg winning after starting from pole at Monaco… History suggests that as long as you keep it out of the walls you win. Both Rosberg and Hamilton have now shown how much they sulk when they don’t win. Rosberg looks like a miserable c*** when he comes second to Hamilton, and Hamilton himself looks like a miserable c*** when he comes second to Rosberg.

    So now teams head to Canada, this should be interesting, as Hamilton tends to be quite good there. Not that Rosberg is a slouch but just like he has a thing for Monaco, Hamilton has a thing for Montreal. Hopefully we’ll see a cut-down on the shenanigans in qualifying. Hamilton will only be at his best if he stays focused on winning, and Rosberg should count himself lucky that he has yet to DNF.

    • that pretty much sums it up. no need to berate hamilton for sulking, or nico for parking or not parking his car. neither of them likes to loose and since there is a lot at stake, both of them might try to use a little trick here and there. it’s spicing up the championship and makes it a lot more entertaining than the last couple of years. in the end, that’s what legendary battles are made of.

      • Like the late Vince Lombardi said….

        “Show me a happy loser and I’ll show you a loser”

        Off to Canada we go.

  5. as a follower of F1 since 1962 and a former driver (at a much lower level), I am totally conflicted re: the Q3 incident with Nico. I guess I would have to be friends with him AND see the telemetry to make a truly informed decision.

    however, the total lack of any social interaction between Lewis and Nico has come across to me as being akin to a couple of petulant little worthless twerps / spoiled brats. neither them nor Mercedes (who is openly fostering this childishness) any longer have my respect as a viable Corporation, a Man, a competitor, nor an ambassidor for the sport/biz of F1…

    kudos to Jules, Daniel and even Daniil and Hulk
    thanks to Renault for being such garbage – ala Lotus/Judd

    while being fairly good for Monaco, the Indy 500 was much more compelling – just read the story lines…


    • I could be wrong but I got the impression Nico was looking for a sign from Lewis that he was open to conversation. Lewis completely blanked him.

      But of course, you don’t know what would have happened if the situation was reversed. I get the feeling Nico is maybe less likely to behave like that – he at least seemed to be prepared to congratulate Lewis in Bahrain despite some robust defending.

      What gets me is that we are less than a third of the way through the championship and this is the first race where they both finished that Lewis didn’t win. He’d look so much better if he sucked it up, shook Nico’s hand then blew him away in the rest of the races this season. Whether he does or not now he has given a poor impression to his fans.

      To me, there is a danger of McLaren happening all over again. There is no way Jenson should have matched Lewis when they were together, I don’t think Jenson is such a bad driver as many on here make out, but there is no way he has the ability Lewis has to drive anything he is given as fast as possible. However, he got under his skin and eventually pushed him out. Lewis needs to learn from that and not let the same thing happen with Nico.

  6. Well, I hadn’t realized that Kimi was back in Lotus! Will someone please correct the final results table, please. 😉

    • To be fair, Kimi scored the same amount of points for all the teams he was driving for this weekend 😉 Though he did drive the fastest lap while he was in the Ferrari …

      On the subject of Lotus, I see that MAL is now officially at the bottom of the table (even below the drivers in the non-scoring teams). He seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time …

  7. Wrong.
    It was Button who put a novice “move” on Perez. Very poor. Put his nose where it didn’t belong.

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