Monaco is such an impossible track for overtaking, Qualifying is so important – last year there was just one pass. That’s not good news for Hamilton.
Qualifying ended with the order: RAI, VET, BOT, VER, RIC, SAI, PER, GRO, BUT*, VAN*, KVY, HUL, MAG, HAM, MAS, OCO, PAL, STR, WEH, ERI.
*BUT has 15 grid spot penalty for multiple engine part changes.
*VAN has a 3 grid spot penalty following his collision with MAS in Spain.
Provisional grid: RAI, VET, BOT, VER, RIC, SAI, PER, GRO, KVY, HUL, MAG, VAN, HAM, MAS, OCO, PAL, STR, WEH, ERI, BUT.
Looks like BUT will start from the pit lane
There’s a minute’s silence to remember the victims of last week’s Manchester bombing, then the national anthem.
So will Ferrari let their boys race or will they insist RAI lets VET take P1? As a team, they get the same points whatever their order, but VET is well ahead in the Drivers’ Championship.
Air temperature 26°C; track 50°C; just like Quali.
Even though BUT is starting from the pits, he has to start on the same set of ultra-softs that he set his best Q2 time.
WEH and ERI are starting on super-soft tyres; everyone else on ultras.
RAI leads the grid (except BUT) away on the formation lap
Radio for BUT from ALO (who is at Indy) – ALO says “take care of my car”; BUT replies “I’m going to pee in your seat” 🙂
01/78: Looks like everyone made it through Turn 1 safely
VER defending from his teammate
02: RAI, VET, BOT, VER, RIC, SAI, PER, GRO, MAG, HUL
WEH and BUT both pit; both switch to super-softs; looks like WEH’s release was unsafe – BUT had to lift to avoid a collision
VET has already opened a visible gap over BOT
HAM has passed VAN for P12 – replay shows he did that off the start
03: RAI fastest lap 1:17.914
05/78: RAI f/lap 1:17.072
BOT is over 2secs behind VET
06: VET f/lap 1:17.044
Radio from HAM complaining “it’s hard to get close to these guys”; he’s told “our race comes later”
08: Incident involving WEH and BUT under investigation for unsafe release
RAI f/lap 1:16.666 \m/
10/78: RAI, VET, BOT, VER, RIC, SAI, PER, GRO, MAG, HUL, KVY, HAM, VAN, MAS, OCO, PAL, STR, ERI, WEH, BUT
VET f/lap 1:16.421
12: Yawn – nothing’s going to happen until someone hits the barrier or there’s a pit stop
13: 5-sec penalty for WEH for unsafe release
15: VET f/lap 1:16.197
16: Smoke from HUL’s Renault; he finally parks just before the tunnel
17: PER pits from P7 – new nose – rejoins P16
18: Marshals have cleared HUL’s car
20/78: RAI, VET, BOT, VER, RIC, SAI, GRO, MAG, KVY, HAM, VAN, MAS, OCO, PAL, STR, PER, ERI, WEH, BUT; retirement: HUL
22: Closest battle is PER on the rear of newbie STR who’s in P15
24: Radio from HAM – “tyres are fine, grip is poor, car is sliding all over the place”
25/78: ERI cuts the swimming pool chicane
RAI closing on BUT to lap the McLaren
26: Radio from RAI complaining there’s no blue flags for BUT yet
Didn’t Charlie Whiting say they had to be within 1sec in order to get blue flags?
27: BUT lets the Ferrari duo lap him
28: VER nearly loses the tail in the swimming pool; cuts the chicane
30/78: order is unchanged
33: VER pits from P4; super-softs; reasonable stop (3.5sec); rejoins P6
34: BOT pits from P3; 2.7sec stop; rejoins P5, ahead of VER
35/78: RAI pits from P1; rejoins P3
RIC f/lap 1:16.117
Radio for PER – engine temps critical
36: RIC f/lap 1:16.093
ERI pits, which helps the front runners who were about to lap him
37: RIC f/lap 1:16.019
KVY pits, followed by OCO
38: VET f/lap 1:15.587
SAI pits, followed by MAG
39: VET f/lap 1:15.238
RIC pits from P2; rejoins P3
VET pushing as he’s told to pit
40/78: VET pits from P1; 3.1sec stop; rejoins just ahead of RAI
Radio from VER asking if RIC has stopped; told he (RIC) is now ahead of BOT and VER; VER’s reply is bleeped
Radio for OCO – puncture, rear left
OCO makes a second stop; tells the team “I didn’t touch anything”
41: BUT and GRO pit
42: Radio from RIC – frustrated behind Force India of OCO
44: MAG makes 2nd stop; PAL pits too
Yet to stop: HAM … I think he’s the only one
45/78: VET, RAI, RIC, BOT, VER, HAM, SAI, GRO, KVY, VAN, PER, MAS, MAG, PAL, STR, ERI, OCO, WEH, BUT; retirement: HUL
46: Radio for HAM – “box, box”
47: HAM pits from P6; 2.7sec stop; rejoins P7
49: Radio for GRO warning him MAG and OCO both got punctures on the left hand side of Turn 1
50/78: VET, RAI, RIC, BOT, VER, SAI, HAM, GRO, KVY, VAN, PER, MAS, MAG, PAL, STR, ERI, OCO, WEH*, BUT
*remember: 5-sec penalty for WEH for unsafe release
51: HAM closing on SAI; VER getting within attack range of BOT
54: Radio for BOT warning him of possible raised manhole cover at Turn 1
58: Radio from PER fuming that WEH blocked him as the Force India was lapping him
60/78: VET, RAI, RIC, BOT, VER, SAI, HAM, GRO, KVY, VAN, PER, MAS, MAG, PAL, STR, ERI, OCO, WEH, BUT; retirement: HUL
Someone is one their side just at the entrance to the tunnel!!
Safety Car deployed
61[SC]: VER pits
Looks like it’s WEH that’s on his side
The car is still on its side and I think WEH is still inside – if so, why haven’t they thrown the red flags?
62[SC]: Radio from WEH confirming he’s OK but he can’t get out; told to be patient
Replay shows BUT try to get inside WEH; contact puts WEH on edge and breaks BUT’s front left suspension
Radio from VET asking if WEH is OK
63[SC]: Finally the marshals are able to turn his car and WEH steps out of the Sauber
64[SC]: The tarmac at Turn 1 looks pretty bad; apparently it was resurfaced last night
Radio from STR complaining he’s losing a lot of brake temp
Race control: lapped cars can overtake the SC
65/78[SC]: ERI passes the SC into Turn 1 and then heads straight into the barrier! D’oh!
That’s both Saubers out of the race
66[SC]: SC in at the end of this lap
Order for the restart: VET, RAI, RIC, BOT, VER, SAI, HAM, GRO, KVY, VAN, PER, MAS, MAG, PAL, STR, OCO; retirements: ERI, BUT, WEH, HUL
67: Green flags for the restart
BOT looks at RIC
RIC tags the barrier! Looks like he got away with it
VAN in the barrier at Turn 1 – now that’s both McLarens out
They should be able to clear VAN without the need for another SC
68: STR pits
VET is pulling away from RAI again
VER moving around, filling BOT’s mirrors
Radio for MAG telling him he can “push like an animal”
69: KVY past PER for P9 — that’s an actual pass on track! :O
Oh wait – was that because PER cut the chicane and had to give the place back?
70/78: VET, RAI, RIC, BOT, VER, SAI, HAM, GRO, KVY, PER, MAS, MAG, PAL, OCO, STR
Incident involving WEH and BUT will be investigated after the race
Radio for BOT – “if you’re comfortable, Strat 6”; BOT replies “does it look comfortable?”
71: PER dives inside KVY; hits KVY
KVY is slowing; he’s parked at Casino Square
72: PER pits
STR in the pits again; pushed into the garage
73: Delayed radio from PER – sounds like he’s blaming the crash on his team for telling him to make a setting change
74: Incident involving PER and KVY will be investigated after the race
75/78: VET, RAI, RIC, BOT, VER, SAI, HAM, GRO, MAS, MAG, PAL, OCO, PER; retirements: STR, KVY, VAN, ERI, BUT, WEH, HUL
76 = 3 laps left: PER f/lap 1:15.017
HAM closing up on the tail of SAI
77: PER f/lap 1:14.820
Radio from HAM – “the battle’s not over, guys; I’ll just take these points”
78 = last lap: VET has a comfortable 4sec lead over his teammate
VET takes the chequered flag
Provisional result: VET, RAI, RIC, BOT, VER, SAI, HAM, GRO, MAS, MAG; PAL, OCO, PER
DNF: STR, KVY, VAN, ERI, BUT, WEH, HUL
A couple of incidents yet to be investigated but they won’t change the points positions.
RAI parks next to VET but the Finn walks off without congratulating the race winner
As they prepare for the podium, RAI still doesn’t want to talk to VET
The new podium configuration has everyone a little confused
No anthems before the trophies are presented – that’s odd
The constructor’s trophy was the last to be presented – is that normal?
OK, now the anthems – nice to hear the Ferrari mechanics singing all the words
RAI still looks frustrated
Nico Rosberg is doing the interviews… eventually – seems very confused
VET: “a very intense race”
RAI: “second place doesn’t feel awful good”
RIC: “didn’t enjoy” hitting the wall at the restart
KVY: “He (PER) tried a desperate move and ended both our race”
PER: “Not a lot of room in Monaco”; “I saw a gap; went for it; we slightly touch”
Replay reinforces my belief that PER is totally at fault for that collision