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[For those who are new to the page; TJ13 attempts to remove certain aspects of the race to give a fairer reflection of the race result.]
What now seems like a distant memory, but it dominated the press headlines at the time, was how Nico Rosberg would break the Lewis Hamilton winning spell as the Briton was seemingly unstoppable. What a difference a month makes as a controversial qualifying which ultimately led to a Monaco race win seemed to rattle the man from Stevenage, then the subsequent retirement in Canada has completely changed the perspective of the championship.
The Monte Carlo race also saw a change in the World Constructors’ Championship as Jules Bianchi took the first points in the history of the Marussia outfit. Marcus Ericsson was largely overlooked for achieving the highest ever finish for the Caterham team in 11th place, which was a great shame for him. All in all, it was a race and weekend to be remembered.
Maybe we should keep Monaco on the calendar then; at least for the time being.
So what really happened?
Sebastian Vettel: The German’s incredibly poor luck continued as he was unable to take advantage of his flying start which saw him jump his teammate into 3rd place. He is reinstated to a 3rd place finish.
Kimi Raikkonen: The incident with Chilton was unfortunate to say the least. It could have been Kimi’s homecoming to Ferrari as he would surely have taken the final podium spot after Vettel had retired. To rub salt into the wound, he then collided with the rookie Kevin Magnussen to make sure he did not finish anywhere near the points. Ultimately, he would have finished in a net 4th place had it not been for the Chilton chop.
Adrian Sutil: A bad weekend for the Sauber team as they occupy 10th place in the WCC following the Marussia points. Flirting with the barriers is never a good idea, especially in Monaco where there is such little room for error. He crashed on his own accord, so remains retired.
Esteban Gutierrez: A similar story to that of his teammate as a lack of concentration into the Rascasse corner meant he damaged his right rear tyre. He remains retired out of the race.
Kevin Magnussen: Another victim of Racing around Monaco, as first being overtaken by his teammate and then being lapped forced him back into the hands of Kimi Raikkonen, as the pair continued their ongoing collision story. He remains in position.
Valtteri Bottas: The power unit issue that the Finn suffered will have been a great cause for concern for all involved at Brackley as there had been little sign of the failure prior to the termination of his race. Bottas had been running in 8th at the time in front of his teammate and so is reinstated.
Jean-Eric Vergne: Forced out of the race in a weekend that had looked so promising for the Frenchman after he had been running in 7th at the opening stages of the race he is reinstated there.
Daniil Kvyat: To round off a miserable weekend in the principality, the other Toro Rosso car was forced out of the race on just lap 10. Nothing the young Russian could have done about it, so he is reinstated to 8th position. Better luck next year Danii!
Sergio Perez: If the Mexican and Button were still on each other’s Christmas card list then this further incident will have put pay to that. Racing in Monaco is always incident packed, and this year was no different. As it was a racing incident Checo remains retired.
Pastor Maldonado: For the good of the race, Crashtor did not start. Nobody was disappointed to hear this news.
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:
|Revised Race Position||Driver||Result comparison||Points||Points Difference||Grid Position|
Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:
|Driver||Revised WDC||WDC Points Difference|
*Those with 0 points will not be ordered
What they would have said
Had Lewis qualified on pole…well…I guess we’ll never know. The facts are that Lewis now trails his teammate in the World Championship in what is quite clearly a two horse race. Game on!
Quote of the Day
Jarod Kintz, the self-published American author once said, “I love teamwork. I love the idea of everyone rallying together to help me win.”
A quote that perfectly fits the ego of (almost) any Formula One driver, but also works well with the ethos of the Marussia team. It was Jules Bianchi who took the points, but in truth those 2 points went to everybody in the team.