#F1 Victims of Circumstance: Monte Carlo 2015 – #MonacoGP

Brought to you by TJ13 Courtroom Reporter & Crime Analyst: Adam Macdonald (@adamac39)


[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.

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 = 2 1
2 Lewis Hamilton +1 18 +3 1 2
3 Sebastian Vettel -1 15 -3 3 3
4 Daniil Kvyat = 12 = 5 4
5 Daniel Ricciardo = 10 = 4 5
6 Kimi Raikkonen = 8 = 6 6
7 Sergio Perez = 6 = 7 7
8 Pastor Maldonado RETIRED 4 +4 8 8
9 Jenson Button -1 2 -2 10 9
10 Nico Hulkenberg +1 1 +1 11 10
11 Fernando Alonso REITRED 0 = 13 11
12 Felipe Nasr -3 0 -2 14 12
13 Romain Grosjean -1 0 = 15 13
14 Carlos Sainz Jr -3 0 -1 PL 14
15 Marcus Ericsson -2 0 = 17 15
16 Valtteri Bottas -2 0 = 16 16
17 Felipe Massa -2 0 = 12 17
18 Roberto Merhi -2 0 = 19 18
19 Will Stevens -2 0 = 18 19
20 Max Verstappen = RETIRED 0 = 9 20


Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:


Driver Revised WDC WDC Points Difference
Position Points
Lewis Hamilton 1 129 +3
Nico Rosberg 2 119 +3
Sebastian Vettel 3 95 -3
Kimi Raikkonen 4 67 +7
Felipe Massa 5 44 +5
Valtteri Bottas 6 42 =
Daniel Ricciardo 7 30 -5
Romain Grosjean 8 22 +6
Daniil Kvyat 9 15 -2
Max Verstappen 10 11 +5
Felipe Nasr 11 8 -8
Sergio Perez 12 8 -3
Carlos Sainz Jr 13 7 -2
Pastor Maldonado 14 6 +6
Jenson Button 15 2 -2
Nico Hulkenberg 16 1 -5
Marcus Ericsson 17 0 -5
Fernando Alonso 18 0 =
Roberto Merhi 19 0 =
Will Stevens 20 0 =

*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.

9 responses to “#F1 Victims of Circumstance: Monte Carlo 2015 – #MonacoGP

  1. Ohhhh…that’s brave😂 young Max still excluded,you had better set up the window shutters Adam, the Borg don’t forgive

  2. [mod] You cant acknowledge the botched pitstop AND the Grosjean crash. The latter wouldn’t happen without the former. It doesn’t matter though, its just a matter of time until you are all assimilated. We gain in strength every day. Every day new people are introduced to Max’s magical ways and cant resist.

    Watch if you dare…

      • Never got that far to be honest. I don’t even remember what the Federation is lol.

        But…we will rewrite history and with the Hamfosi by our side we will definitely succeed. We are one and the same. You know what the Borg is enduring now as you went through the horrid battle of Monaco ’11.

  3. Adam, well written but regarding Mr Hamilton: TJ13 in a later post noted that Lewis called the pitstop and missed his marks. This resulted in Nasr delaying him as Lewis was held so there would not be an unsafe release. Reinstate Hamilton to 3rd, Vettel to 2nd please.

    • While this is correct, please listen to the podcast and reconsider, as the green light to release Hamilton was faulty (which Wolff noted) which cost him a further second. If anything, the choice was between 1st and 2nd.

    • Ie Hamilton could have been released straight behind Nasr, but instead was around 1.5 behind him

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