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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.]
How a 27 point can all but evaporate in the space of two weeks is amazing. Now down to just 10 points between the two Mercedes drivers, is the pressure back on Hamilton? Seemingly, Canada will be a huge test of his mettle and could decide the momentum for the coming European season. One point of interest for many will be seeing the upgrades the Mercedes team brings after the first allotted powerunit survived the opening 6 rounds. However, Hamilton was struggling with brakes at the beginning of the race in Monaco, so this may not bode well for the circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Once again, Felipe Nasr performed impressively as he managed 9th place, in a Sauber that lacked the necessary downforce. It will be interesting to see what the team can achieve in Canada – certainly the one to watch for the weekend.
As expected, Monaco provided the usual ‘excitement’ with a mere 5 overtakes happening on track, but plenty of other controversy and unreliability to substitute for the lack of action. Here is how the Victims report corrects them…
So what really happened?
Lewis Hamilton: Of course, the most contentious part of the repositioning, but the Briton is corrected to 2nd place. As the rules of the VoC state that safety cars are a part of the race which cannot be erased, this is not undone. However, the 4.1 second stop was slow and cost him at least one position.
Pastor Maldonado: At last, a weekend where the Venezuelan had been driving properly and was showing his potential. Nothing he could have done about his brake-by-wire failure which means he is reinstated to 8th place.
Nico Hulkenberg: There must have been despair down in the Force India garage as Alonso’s misdemeanour effectively ended the German’s hopes of achieving points in the principality. This considered he is repositioned to a net 10th place to score a vital Championship point.
Fernando Alonso: While the 5 second penalty still stands, the race ending fault is corrected for which saw him park his car at Saint Devote. He is reinstated to 11th place.
Max Verstappen: The young Dutchman drove superbly right up until he tried one too many daring moves. He would have been corrected for his slow pit stop, but was adjudged to have been culpable in the tangle with Grosjean and, therefore, remains retired.
Romain Grosjean: The stewards adjudged the Frenchman to be an innocent bystander in the collision going into turn 1, therefore he is repositioned ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr to a net 13th place.
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:
|Revised Race Position||Driver||Result comparison||Points||Points Difference||Grid Position|
|14||Carlos Sainz Jr||-3||0||-1||PL||14|
|20||Max Verstappen||= RETIRED||0||=||9||20|
Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:
|Driver||Revised WDC||WDC Points Difference|
|Carlos Sainz Jr||13||7||-2|
*Those with 0 points will not be ordered
What they would have said
Had Pastor Maldonado managed to finish in 8th place then he would have scored his first points of the season. As it was, he retired and maintained the unsavoury statistic at least for two more weeks – over half of Pastor’s point in his Formula One career came in his solitary win to date, back at Spain in 2012.
Had Ricciardo made it past Hamilton then it would have been a further loss to the Briton’s point tally. Fortunately for him and Kvyat this did not happen and the Russian was given back 4th place. What a change it was to see two Red Bull drivers cooperating.
Quote of the Day
One of the founding fathers of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin, once said “Lost time is never found again.”
The unheard part of that quote was “…when a team elects for a mistimed pit stop around the streets of Monte Carlo.” What amazing foresight he had; Mercedes could do with someone like him on their strategy team.