The Monaco FIA Formula 1 Grand Prix is always exciting right from the recognizance lap. The cars meander through the Casino de Monte-Carlo with million dollar yachts in the harbor and the buildings and mountains of the principality looming overhead.
This year, two Ferraris were at the head of the field. They climbed up the hill onto St. Devote on the lead lap and maintained early dominance. A circuit that is notoriously hard to overtake, #MonacoGP only partially tested this year’s hybrid turbocharged engines due to the lack of long straights. Lead changes would have to come through reliability issues, punctures, coming up upon barrier collisions, safety cars placements, poor pit wall advice, and other largely non driver-related issues.
G-forces make the circuit tough on racers, but you couldn’t tell from Kimi’s performance in the first half of the race. He’s the only man to win a Formula 1 race who’s also rallied, competed in NASCAR, and participated in the Camping World Truck Series. Kimi Räikkönen was said to be “chatty” in the paddock before the race, finding commonality with Nikki Lauda as fathers as evidence of his delight in obtaining P1 in qualifying.