The provisional grid at the end of Qualifying was: SV, JB, MW, FA, MS, FM, LH, NR, PM, SP (assuming he’s declared fit to race), VP, RB, KK, PD, AS, NH, SB, HK, JT, JA, TG, PD, NK, VL.
Since then we’ve learned:
- SP had “concussion and a sprained thigh, but no broken bones and, following a scan, doctors could find no further injuries”. “Medical staff said he would stay under observation for another night before having a second brain scan on Monday.”
- LH “ended up in seventh but then had his time deleted for cutting the chicane. […] Hamilton also implicitly called for Felipe Massa to be penalised after he felt he was delayed behind the Ferrari driver on his sole flying lap, but stewards ignored his pleas.” However, the stewards have allowed LH to decide which tyres he’ll start the race on.
So the grid now looks like this: SV, JB, MW, FA, MS, FM, NR, PM, LH, VP, RB, KK, PD, AS, NH, SB, HK, JT, JA, TG, PD, NK, VL.
Pirelli have brought the soft (prime) and super-soft (option) tyre compounds; the soft tyres have a yellow band and super-soft are red.
Air temperature 23°C; track 43°C; wind 1.4m/s; humidity 60%
Cars are on the grid; LH is starting on the prime tyre
SV leads everyone away on the formation lap
Pit-car radio from JB complaining of heavy steering – a power steering problem for the McLaren?
The grid re-forms; SV will have a long wait for the back of the grid to be in place
01/78: FA up to P3 before Turn 1
SV already opening a gap over JB
MS down to P10
MS passes LH down the inside in the hairpin
Pit-car from LH saying he was hit by MS
02: SV, JB, FA, MW, NR, FM, PM, VP, MS, LH
03: Fastest lap SV 1:20.269
04: SV f/lap 1:19.811
Replay of start shows MS bogged down; passed NR and LH; carbon fibre parts in Turn 1 from MS’s Mercedes after he hits LH’s McLaren
05/78: SV f/lap 1:19.485
SV, JB, FA, MW, NR, FM, PM, VP, MS, LH
SV already has 4.3sec lead over JB
06: LH is all over MS’ gearbox but there’s nowhere to pass at Monaco
07: BBC review the start incident again; carbon fibre is from LH’s rear not MS’s nose
Still no word of the stewards investigating MS hitting LH though 🙁
08: LH still swarming all over the back of MS but there’s no where to pass
09: FA f/lap 1:19.327
10/78: SV, JB, FA, MW, NR, FM, PM, VP, MS, LH
LH makes a forceful move on MS, down the inside into Ste.Devote; takes P9
11: FA f/lap 1:19.262
SV’s lead still 4.3sec over JB
NR has FM sitting on his tail
12: RB makes a great move on MS to take P10 at Mirabeau
13: MS pits from P11; new nose section; slow stop
14: FM frustrated behind NR; there’s now a queue behind NR of FM, PM, VP and LH
FM breaks a front end plate as he takes a look at NR on the uphill
Yellow flag because of FM’s bodywork on the track
15: FM past NR for P5; PM follows him past the Mercedes
16: JB pits from P2; early stop? Another set of super-softs
NR pits too
17: SV pits from P1; blanket still on the front-right tyre!
MW pits too – Red Bull team weren’t ready for either driver to stop?
18: FA pits from P1; steady stop
JB f/lap 1:19.072
Stat from BBC: McLaren have now lead 10,000 laps in F1 🙂
19: JB has a 6sec lead over SV
20/78: JB, SV, FA, FM, PM, VP, LH, RB, PD, KK
MW down in P14 after that shambles of a pit stop
21: I wonder, did Red Bull get the right tyres on their two cars?
22: JB’s lead 9.7sec over SV
Meanwhile LH still tucked up behind VP, who in turn is looking to pass PM
TG out of shape coming out of the tunnel; keeps it out of the walls but has to cut the chicane
23: LH pits but the McLaren crew aren’t ready for him! Super-softs go on; rejoins behind MW
25/78: JB, SV, FA, FM, PM, VP, RB, KK, AS, NH
26: PD dives down the inside of SB in the hairpin; tries to push SB wide but instead wrecks his front wing
27: FM pits; rejoins behind MW
Drive through penalty for car 15 (PD) for causing avoidable accident
28: LH all over the rear of FM’s Ferrari
29: PD serves his drive through penalty
VP pits; quick stop but slow getting away from the box
30/78: JB, SV, FA, RB, KK, AS, NH, SB, MW, FM (RB to SB all yet to stop)
MS passes his teammate in the hairpin; takes P14 from NR
31: LH still stuck behind FM
33: TG stopped – suspension damage – did he hit the wall?
JB pits from P1
34: Frustrated attempt from LH trying to pass FM – very messy – LH will definitely be penalised
FM stopped in a damaged Ferrari – more contact with LH?
Safety Car deployed
35/78[SC]: MS loses drive just before the pit lane entrance
Replay shows LH and FM side-by-side in the tunnel; FM on the marbles and clouts the barriers
Marshals push MS into pit lane
36[SC]: Pit-car for LH telling him his front wing is damaged; LH says it’ll be OK; says FM turned in on him
37[SC]: This is the first time the Safety Car has been deployed this season
38[SC]: Incident with FM at hairpin was clearly LH’s fault but this is why I don’t like Monaco – there’s just no safe place to pass
SC in at the end of this lap
39: DRS is disabled at the restart
JB trying to pass back-markers to get back to P2 behind SV
40/78: SV, JB, FA, AS, KK, MW, LH, PM, VP, NH; retirements: FM, MS, TG
Incident involving cars 3 and 6 (LH & FM) under investigation
41: SV has 2.3sec lead over JB; FA is 5.7sec behind JB
LH tucked up behind MW but he’ll almost certainly get a penalty shortly
42: Pit-car radio for SV saying JB will lose the benefit of his new option tyres in about 10 laps
43: As expected, drive through penalty for LH for causing avoidable accident
44: LH serves his drive-through penalty; rejoins in P9
45/78: SV, JB, FA, AS, KK, MW, PM, VP, LH, NH; retirements: FM, MS, TG
MW closing on KK
46: PD tapped the rear of JD in the hairpin; breaks another nose cone
48: JB still stuck behind SV, not getting the benefit of the super-soft tyres; final stop will see JB on soft (prime) and SV on the faster super-softs
49: JB pits; soft tyres; rejoins alongside SB; blue flags for the Toro Rosso; JB passes him but has to go onto the marbles
50/78: SV, FA, JB, AS, KK, MW, PM, VP, LH, NH; retirements: FM, MS, TG
LH pits from P9; soft (prime) tyres too
51: JB f/lap 1:17.894
JB 18sec behind SV, which means when the Red Bull pits he’ll come back out behind the McLaren!
52: JB f/lap 1:17.478
Meanwhile, FA has used both sets of mandatory tyres, so if he doesn’t pit again he could win this race
53: Then again, SV has used both sets too, but he’ll have to make this set last 60 laps, which is 15 more than their forecast life
54: BBC point out there were just 4 passing moves in last year’s Monaco GP; are Red Bull hoping SV can keep FA and JB at bay on very worn tyres?
55/78: SV, FA, JB, AS, KK, MW, VP, PM, LH, NH
56: MW pits from P6; that was a better stop
57: SV’s lead down to 1.0sec over FA; JB is 6.5sec behind FA; AS is a massive 36sec behind JB
58: LH close to the rear of PM … and he’s also the next person to be lapped by the leaders!
59: FA sitting right on the rear of SV’s Red Bull; they’re both on old tyres
60/78: SV, FA, JB, AS, KK, VP, MW, PM, LH, NH; retirements: FM, MS, TG
JB now 2.6sec behind FA and closing by 1.5sec/lap
62: JB now on the tail of the Ferrari
63: It’s nose to tail, the top 3 cars are covered by less than one second!
65/78: SV, FA, JB, AS, KK, VP, MW, PM, LH, NH; retirements: FM, MS, TG
66: They’re catching more traffic, so this could be a chance for FA and JB to attack
Contact between AS and KK; looks like KK has taken P4
67: FA inches from SV’s rear into Ste Devote
MW takes P5 from AS
68: It’s so close – 0.6sec cover SV, FA and JB
FA missed the chicane – he didn’t gain any advantage so probably won’t be penalised, but it shows he’s struggling in the Ferrari
69: SV has caught a gaggle of back-markers
There’s contact – two cars in the wall
Safety Car deployed
70/78[SC]: It’s VP and JA that are out
LH has a broken rear wing – that’s terminal
71[SC]: Slow-motion replay of the incident is still confusing – looks like AS hit the wall, causing others to brake; JA launches himself off a kerb and into the rear of LH, and VP has nowhere to go but into the barriers
Ambulance attending VP’s car
72[SC]: Red flag – race is suspended … but we’re over 75% distance so that’ll be the end of the race
Cars are stopping on the grid; pit crews are rushing to meet them, to cool the brakes etc.
The race will resume once the track is clear – that’s good news for FA and JB!
McLaren appear to be trying to fix LH’s rear wing while they’re waiting for the restart! Very clever!
BBC report that eye-witnesses think VP was knocked out but regained consciousness very quickly
Marshals are moving VP’s Renault, so he’s been extracted – presumably off to the medical centre in an ambulance
Pit teams are now putting on tyre warmers; BBC have confirmed teams can change tyres if they want, which will be a huge advantage for SV
Tweet from Renault team: “Vitaly is talking to us, reporting pain, not getting out of car without medical assistance”
BBC interview someone from Renault: VP has leg injury but no fractures
Race will restart at 4mins past the hour
McLaren team seem to have almost finished replacing upright on LH’s rear wing; new nose cone for his car too?
5mins to restart…
Pit-car for SV confirming restart will be behind Safety Car; it’ll pull in at end of first lap, then SV will act as SC until he crosses start line
1min before everyone has to clear the grid; McLaren still working on LH’s rear wing
Order is: SV, FA, JB, KK, MW, PM, LH, AS, NH, RB, SB, NR, PD, JT, HK, JD, VL, NK
Retirements: VP, JA, FM, MS, TG
Signal given to start up the engines; clear the grid; LH’s rear wing appears to be intact
73[SC]: SC leads away on the restart; mechanics rush to get back to the pits before the end of the lap
SC enters the pit lanes
74: JB a long way back from FA at the restart 🙁
LH up the inside of PM into Ste Devote; PM into the armco; another penalty for LH?
75/78: SV leads FA by 1.4sec; JB is 0.7sec behind the Ferrari
PM’s Williams has been cleared from Turn 1
Incident involving cars 3 and 12 (LH and PM) under investigation
76: LH now sitting on MW’s tail again
DRS is now enabled again
77: SV f/lap 1:16.939
FA f/lap 1:16.931
MW down the inside of KK into the chicane; KK has to cut it; comes out ahead of MW but has to hand P4 to the Red Bull
78[final lap]: SV f/lap 1:16.557
FA f/lap 1:16.471
SV takes the chequered flag
SV f/lap 1:16.267
FA 1.1sec behind
JB home for P3
MW f/lap 1:16.234 and P4
KK over the line for P5, with LH right behind him
P7=AS (+1 lap), 8=NH, 9=RB, 10=SB
P11=NR (+2 laps), 12=PD, 13=JT, 14=HK, 15=JD (+3 laps), 16=VL, 17=NK (+4 laps), 18=PM (+5 laps)
DNF: VP, JA, FM, MS, TG
Provisional result: SV, FA, JB, MW, KK, LH, AS, NH, RB, SB, NR, PD, JT, HK, JD, VL, NK, PM.
Cars 14 and 16 (AS and KK) under investigation
Car 25 (JD) also under investigation
Also LH still under investigation for the incident with PM at the restart.