Nico Rosberg started today’s Grand Prix of Monaco from pole position, led the race with authority, and finished the race more than 9 seconds ahead of the Mercedes AMG hybrid of his teammate, Lewis Hamilton. That’s the short version of the Monaco results. The Wikipedia entry, if you will. The race itself, however, was all about luck, tenacity, an aggressive late-race charge, and a small bit of history (maybe), involving that black and red Marussia up there.
What am I talking about? Read on.
Luck is never on Adrian Sutil’s side at Monaco, and (as ever) he crashed out. Just as unlucky was 4-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who suffered a rare gearbox failure that took him out of contention in the early stages of the race.
Fernando Alonso (as ever) put in a solid, soldierly performance by dragging his limp-d***ed Ferrari across the finish line in 4th place, 8 positions ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in an identical Ferrari. That may not seem a fair distinction to make, considering some of the “bad luck” Kimi experienced during the race – but, really, getting stuck under Magnussen at Mirabeau during a ham-fisted pass attempt and bouncing off both Kobayashi and the kerbs at the chicane are rookie mistakes not befitting of the 2007 World Champion’s hefty pay check.
To their credits, both Magnussen and Raikonnen seem to agree with my assessment, if their social media accounts are to be believed.
In the closing laps, Daniel Ricciardo put in a series of fastest laps in a bid to make his best-ever Monaco results read “2nd” instead of “3rd”, but it was not to be. Ricciardo’s charge was thrilling, however, and proved that that the young Aussie has the pace – if not, yet, the race-craft or the horsepower – to challenge the Mercedes boys for wins.
As for that small bit of history? Jules Bianchi was the highest-finishing Frenchman at this year’s Grand Prix of Monaco, finishing 8th . There was a small matter of a penalty that Bianchi didn’t take, which saw him demoted to 9th in the official standings, bet even so: the drive marks the first time one of 2010’s “expansion teams” finished in the points – so, good on him!
Those were the high points for me. What about you guys? If you saw the race, share your favorite moments in the comments at the bottom of the page. If you didn’t, check out the full Grand Prix of Monaco results, below, to see how the race played out for everyone else. Enjoy!
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||3|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||5|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||Ret|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||Ret|