As most people who follow Formula 1 racing with any regularity will tell you, Formula 1 is usually 80% car, 20% driver. Usually, but not always. In places like the tight and twisty street circuit at Monaco, the balance shifts – if only slightly. Monaco is a track known for tremendous upsets and star-making drives, and it was also the place where Nico Rosberg scored his second win in an under-performing 2013 Mercedes. This year, however, the Mercedes-AMG Hybrid underneath Nico is the dominant car, and he looked utterly untouchable on a rocket drive to pole position this morning.
Sure, people will say that the late yellow in Q3 – brought on by Rosberg himself – played a part, but Lewis Hamilton, despite tough talk, didn’t seem to have his head in the game this weekend after he overslept and missed some practice rounds. We’ll see if the sleepy ’08 World Champion can get it together to bring the fight to his teammate tomorrow. Until then, you can see how the rest of the field lined up after the lights went out on Monaco qualifying runs …
|Driver No.||Driver||Team||Grid Pos.|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||3|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||4|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||10|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||11|
… and take some joy in the fact that young Daniel Ricciardo remains the Red Bull man to beat, while Fernando Alonso starts from his traditional P5 spot, nearly a full second ahead of his much-vaunted teammate, 2007 World Driver’s Champion Kimi Raikkonen.