#F1 Victims of Circumstance: Monte Carlo 2014 – #MonacoGP

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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.

P9 for Jules Bianchi was a proud day for all involved with the team

P9 for Jules Bianchi was a proud day for all involved with the team

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.

The Verdict
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:

Revised Race Position Driver Result comparison Points Points Difference Grid Position
Start RevisedPosition
1 Nico Rosberg = 25 = 1 1
2 Lewis Hamilton = 18 = 2 2
3 Sebastian Vettel RETIRED 15 +15 4 3
4 Kimi Raikkonen +8 12 +12 6 4
5 Daniel Ricciardo -2 10 -5 3 5
6 Fernando Alonso -2 8 -4 5 6
7 Jean-Eric Vergne RETIRED 6 +6 7 7
8 Daniil Kvyat RETIRED 4 +4 9 8
9 Nico Hulkenberg -4 2 -8 11 9
10 Jenson Button -4 1 -7 12 10
11 Valtteri Bottas RETIRED 0 = 13 11
12 Felipe Massa -5 0 -6 16 12
13 Romain Grosjean -5 0 -4 14 13
14 Jules Bianchi -5 0 -2 21 14
15 Kevin Magnussen -5 0 -1 8 15
16 Marcus Ericsson -5 0 = 22 16
17 Kamui Kobayashi -4 0 = 20 17
18 Max Chilton -4 0 = 19 18
19 Esteban Gutierrez RETIRED 0 = 17 19
20 Adrian Sutil RETIRED 0 = 18 20
21 Sergio Perez RETIRED 0 = 10 21
22 Pastor Maldonado DNS 0 = 15 22


Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:

Driver Revised WDC WDC Points Difference
Position Points
Lewis Hamilton 1 136 +18
Nico Rosberg 2 122 =
Daniel Ricciardo 3 61 +7
Sebastian Vettel 4 60 +15
Fernando Alonso 5 50 -11
Nico Hulkenberg 6 33 -14
Kimi Raikkonen 7 29 +12
Felipe Massa 8 26 +8
Valtteri Bottas 9 25 -9
Sergio Perez 10 18 -2
Jenson Button 11 15 -16
Kevin Magnussen 12 15 -6
Jean-Eric Vergne 13 7 +3
Romain Grosjean 14 4 -4
Daniil Kvyat 15 4 =
Jules Bianchi 16 0 -2
Adrian Sutil 17 0 =
Esteban Gutierrez 18 0 =
Kamui Kobayashi 19 0 =
Max Chilton 20 0 =
Marcus Ericsson 21 0 =
Pastor Maldonado 22 0 =

*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.”

All for one and one for all...

All for one and one for all…

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.

7 responses to “#F1 Victims of Circumstance: Monte Carlo 2014 – #MonacoGP

  1. That’s harsh on Magnussen. This time Raikonnen clearly plunged into Magnussen, exonerating the latter of any fault in the incident, and had it not been for Raikonnen’s reckless passing attempt and subsequent slowing down of Magnussen, then he would have finished at least 2-3 places higher up the grid (probably in front of Marussia).

    • +1
      Even if there was a gap worth going for inside Magnussen, the angles were such that Raikkonen would never have made the turn, even if he’d been able to slow down enough to make a proper attempt at it. Short of a hand-brake turn he was screwed. DNF, or no advantage at best, for Kimi.

      • Kimi should never have been there in the first place. Had Chilton not messed up his race, he would have been battling for 3rd place.

        • “Kimi should never have been there in the first place.”

          Tell that to Magnussen. 🙂

      • I had him in 7th, which is where he was before Vettel retired. Somehow K-Mag got jumped in the stops, although Vergne got a penalty for unsafe release. This led to K-Mag repassing before SC line 1, then falling behind Hulk after letting Vergne back past. But without the SC then things would have stayed as they were in the first stint.

        But Hulk would have still led a train for 10th place, with Button stuck behind him all race, along with the Williams cars and Gutierrez.

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