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2019 Monaco Grand Prix


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We move to the principality of Monaco now for what can be described as a circuit that not many like these days.

Mercedes has had 1-2s all season, can it be broken?
Niki Lauda has also sadly passed away aged 70. An absolute mad lad has passed and he will be missed.
 

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Well that was a pretty good quali, shame ferrari screwed over leclerc, but I didn't expect the grid to be that close during q1. Makes for a good midfield race which is pretty much the only interesting battle going on this season. Hamilton n bottas aside
 
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Unfortunately I expect nothing less then an absolute Hamilton procession today at the front, sure I guess seeing how far Leclerc can make his way up the order will keep the race interesting to a degree.

Will add though with his pole lap I was a tad surprised he took pole as considering Hamilton was only 0.004 ahead of Bottas after S2, they went onboard with Hamilton for the final sector and he had a very scruffy Rascasse, so I guess Bottas also had to have a average S3 for his best lap as well.:unsure:

With Leclerc in Q1 I have to admit I was shaking my head in disbelief with that one, with decisions like that its no wonder why Seb 2nd guesses the strategists over the radio while in races over the previous years, I know Seb didn't have the best Saturday either, but I don't think anyone can accuse him of not trying - he's giving it his all as is Leclerc, they just have the misfortune to be part of a team that have strategists that are the epitome of being brain dead.

Actually I've just found it - live footage from the Ferrari pit wall of Binotto talking to his strategists towards the end of Q1...
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Oh well screw it at least I can looking forward to a proper race a couple hours after Monaco with proper racing, plenty of battling/overtaking and anyone of over 20 drivers with a proper chance of actually winning the race - the Indy 500.:D
 

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Kyviat has impressed me this season. Had it tough when promoted to red bull and demoted back to Toro rosso after 4 races and then kicked out of f1. Fair play to the kid hope he does well today
 

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Had a few days to reflect on the race it was a decent Monaco race I guess I think the question mark over Hamilton's tyres lasting kept things interesting but when it got to the last 10 laps I sort of felt it was done, and I don't think Hamilton winning surprised anyone but the manner of how it happened was a bit surprising for the first time in ages Merc ballsed up strategy however they were saved by the combo of Hamilton putting in a very good drive and the fact it was Monaco.

Pretty much anywhere else and I suspect we would have had a different winner, but that's just how Monaco normally plays out and there probably is a slight irony with that as the drivers have to drive past a casino every lap as winning at Monaco and luck goes hand in hand to a degree.

I'm not taking away anything from Hamilton's drive as I said it was a very good one, however I did find it interesting that he said after the race he touched the barriers twice and with Mad Max's lunge in the last few laps, when I saw the contact and the sparks from Mad Max front wing, I honestly thought Hamilton would suffer a left rear puncture but it didn't happen, I think it proves a point just how fine the margins are at times and that all drivers do need a bit of luck in some circumstances.

From a Seb perspective if it was a normal race I was hoping for at best 3rd but I really expected 4th before the race. So for him to get 2nd was a bit of a bonus as that Ferrari was the 3rd quickest car around Monaco, with Leclerc well he basically said he was going to go for it after qualy and he did he pulled off one lovely move but he then clipped the barrier trying the same move as we all know and it ended his race.
With Leclerc's dnf I don't really blame him to much on this to a degree, as most of the fault in his dnf has to go the Ferrari strategists, they were the ones that put him in that situation in the first place.
Sure they weren't driving the car during the race but Leclerc was left with no option other then to take big risks, I know some will say he should've waited for better opportunities but the element of surprise only works once.

Also just as a reference even though Mad Max was clearly a bit faster then Hamilton, it took him what 60 laps before he could actually attempt an overtake, Leclerc would have likely been stuck behind Hulkenberg until he pitted by then any chance of points are probably gone. (as remember Leclerc caused the SC - if he doesn't crash then the SC doesn't happen)

Lastly a word on Bottas I'm surprised in a way he pitted during the SC, he must have known before he pitted he was consigning himself to 2nd by doing exactly the same as Hamilton, sure play the team game by holding up Mad Max and Seb but he should've gambled and stayed out to take the lead and try to make something happen, as it wasn't like the softs couldn't last a couple drivers lasted half distance at least and with the pace Hamilton had to do I believe Bottas would've been able to pull out a big enough gap to pit and stay ahead of Hamilton but alas we'll never know for sure how that scenario would've played out.
 
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Had a few days to reflect on the race it was a decent Monaco race I guess I think the question mark over Hamilton's tyres lasting kept things interesting but when it got to the last 10 laps I sort of felt it was done, and I don't think Hamilton winning surprised anyone but the manner of how it happened was a bit surprising for the first time in ages Merc ballsed up strategy however they were saved by the combo of Hamilton putting in a very good drive and the fact it was Monaco.

Pretty much anywhere else and I suspect we would have had a different winner, but that's just how Monaco normally plays out and there probably is a slight irony with that as the drivers have to drive past a casino every lap as winning at Monaco and luck goes hand in hand to a degree.

I'm not taking away anything from Hamilton's drive as I said it was a very good one, however I did find it interesting that he said after the race he touched the barriers twice and with Mad Max's lunge in the last few laps, when I saw the contact and the sparks from Mad Max front wing, I honestly thought Hamilton would suffer a left rear puncture but it didn't happen, I think it proves a point just how fine the margins are at times and that all drivers do need a bit of luck in some circumstances.

From a Seb perspective if it was a normal race I was hoping for at best 3rd but I really expected 4th before the race. So for him to get 2nd was a bit of a bonus as that Ferrari was the 3rd quickest car around Monaco, with Leclerc well he basically said he was going to go for it after qualy and he did he pulled off one lovely move but he then clipped the barrier trying the same move as we all know and it ended his race.
With Leclerc's dnf I don't really blame him to much on this to a degree, as most of the fault in his dnf has to go the Ferrari strategists, they were the ones that put him in that situation in the first place.
Sure they weren't driving the car during the race but Leclerc was left with no option other then to take big risks, I know some will say he should've waited for better opportunities but the element of surprise only works once.

Also just as a reference even though Mad Max was clearly a bit faster then Hamilton, it took him what 60 laps before he could actually attempt an overtake, Leclerc would have likely been stuck behind Hulkenberg until he pitted by then any chance of points are probably gone. (as remember Leclerc caused the SC - if he doesn't crash then the SC doesn't happen)

Lastly a word on Bottas I'm surprised in a way he pitted during the SC, he must have known before he pitted he was consigning himself to 2nd by doing exactly the same as Hamilton, sure play the team game by holding up Mad Max and Seb but he should've gambled and stayed out to take the lead and try to make something happen, as it wasn't like the softs couldn't last a couple drivers lasted half distance at least and with the pace Hamilton had to do I believe Bottas would've been able to pull out a big enough gap to pit and stay ahead of Hamilton but alas we'll never know for sure how that scenario would've played out.
They made the right call to bring both cars in they just put wrong tyres on both cars. If bottas had stayed out I doubt Hamilton would of let him drive off, he'd have pushed them softs n pitted again. 1 thing I hate about Hamilton and that's all the whinging he does in the cockpit, but I felt his pain as I thought mercedes had screwed him over at Monaco again and they nearly did.