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The important thing is to remain cheerful and keep on going despite anything that is facing you. At difficult times, as McLaren are experiencing at the moment, one must keep on going and follow the immortal words of Monty Python, always look on the bright side of life. It would appear that Fernando Alonso is not reading the words of the Samurai anymore, but instead the British comedy given his tweet following the race…
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) June 7, 2015
Even if he gets hot under the collar in the car, he still retains his sense of humour away from it.
What difference does home advantage make?
Well, with 64% accuracy in the team’s home race it would seem it did make a huge difference for Bernie’s Burners. Rising 38 places to now top the league it will be a weekend to remember, even if the racing was nothing spectacular.
7 races in and this is how the THEJUDGE13 COURTROOM LEAGUE is looking. With a gain like this made by Bernie’s Burners it shows it only takes one brilliant weekend to shake things up.
One to Forget
A poor weekend for Ovi McLaren-Honda was underlined by the lack of a single 10 point prediction. A series of unlucky events conspired to cause the team to drop 16 places and out of the top 20 places. The frustrating part is this could be a perfectly reasonable prediction for the next two races!
Nobody saw it coming
Vettel’s shocking Saturday made for an interesting charge through the field, only halted by a certain Fernando Alonso who made himself a nuisance. Everyone had expected the Red Bulls to struggle, but a strong showing from Daniil Kvyat fought that thought. A Williams on the podium was a rare prediction, but perhaps they should be taken seriously after this strong showing at a power-important circuit.
Food for thought
A happy hunting ground for Williams in Austria last year, can they repeat their success (in qualifying)? With this year being even harder to overtake on track, it could make Saturday even more important.
This will be another very important opportunity for Sauber and Force India as they look to capitalise on their lack of downforce, at a circuit where those characteristics are useful. The next time this may be the case will be Spa and Monza, so a weekend of paramount importance coming up.
In this section there will be a question each week to test your memory from GPs gone by. The idea is not to look it up but see if you can remember it first!
The infamous Wall of Champions was predictably given its fair share of media coverage this weekend, but who on the current grid has fallen victim to its curse?
(Answer will be posted in the next Predictor summary)
Last question’s answer
The question was: Lewis Hamilton famously won in Monaco after starting from 3rd on the grid and puncturing his tyre. This time he had the all-important pole, but was not able to convert it into a win.
When was the last time the race was won by someone not starting from pole, which did not involve Lewis Hamilton?
Answer: We must cast our minds back to 2003, when engines were noisy and Monaco was still ‘cool.’ Ralf Schumacher took pole in his Williams-BMW, with a 1:15.259, but it was his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya who took the victory.
AND… if you thought the 2015 edition of Monaco was boring, then consider this; the 2003 edition of the race was one of very few in Formula One history where there were no recorded on track overtakes!
Perhaps we all, at times, view the sport with rose tinted glasses.