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2013 Monaco Grand Prix Recap


Monaco supported the notion that its Grand Prix is the most exciting on the calendar. The race day was full of smoke, fire and drama. There was a bevy of accidents which prompted a safety car and even a red flag. Both Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado suffered brutal crashes. The Brazilian even made a trip to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Mercedes ended up seizing the day with their best finish of the year.

Nico Rosberg was the day’s champion. The W04’s far-superior pace, coupled with textbook driving by Rosberg, handily kept the Red Bulls at bay. Nico is now part of the first father-son duo to win at Monte Carlo. This Sunday was the 30th anniversary of Keke Rosberg’s victory here.

Lewis Hamilton even nailed P4, despite an error he made under the lap 30 safety-car caused a pit delay.

Mercedes’ success made a huge dent in the gap to Lotus in the Constructor standings for 3rd place. Judgment will have to be reserved for the time being to decide whether their tire degradation issue has finally been resolved. The car is truly a contender, as are her drivers.

Although the RB9 could not catch the W04, Red Bull can rest easy as Vettel and Webber’s P2 and P3 respective finishes extended both Seb’s lead in the Driver standings and the team’s lead in the Constructor standings. Hamilton’s faux pas in the pit handed each driver an extra place.

Red Bull’s joy was enhanced largely by miserable days for both Lotus and Ferrari. As mentioned earlier, Felipe Massa logged a DNF after a horrific accident. Romain Grosjean also never came home after retiring due to damage resulting from his bone-headed collision with the Toro Rosso of Daniel Riccardo. The Frenchman was handed a 10-place grid penalty for the Canadian GP.

Alonso’s performance could not make up for the F138’s lack of pace this weekend, which dropped him back to P7.

Kimi Raikkonen was able to manage a frustrating P10 finish after suffering a collision from Sergio Perez.

McLaren came back with much improved pace this weekend as Jenson posted a P6 finish. Sergio’s aforementioned collision however stained the day as it resulted in a very late retirement. However, McLaren impressed and entertained this weekend which is far more than we can say for a large majority of the season.

The team, other than Mercedes, to be most cheerful with their performance was Force India. The team tallied up their highest point total all season with 12. Both Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta drove like stars managing P5 and P9 respectively. Paul made his way up all the way from P17. Were it not for poor qualifying management, the Scot could have brought even more glory as his pace was downright inspiring. Vijay Mallya has much to be proud of as his VJM06 has performed quite well at just about every track this year.

The bottom of the pack was a mess of part-failure and accidents.

Sauber’s pace was below expectations yet again as Hulkenberg finished out of the points in P11 with Gutierrez slightly behind in P13.

Williams continued their awful campaign with Valterri Bottas’ P12 finish and another one of Maldonado’s signature wrecks.

Both Marussia and Caterham suffered mechanical failure and accidents. Geido Van Der Garde was able to post some quick times early on after recovering from a lap one nose-clipping from the tornado of horror that is Pastor Maldonado. However, late tire degradation was the deciding factor in Marussia’s victory in the back-marker wars.

If there is one race to watch all season, it is Monaco. This track is always jam-packed with thrills and chills. Formula One travels next to Montreal, Canada on June 7th. Circuit Gilles-Villanueve is another exciting track. Will the Wall of Champions claim another victim? Stay tuned.

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