GP Monaco: The analysis: the keys to the Monaco GP

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The classification of the Grand Prix was absolutely spectacular, with a duel stellar between the Mercedes and Daniel Ricciardo by a pole that eventually fell on the side of the australian. But the race was going to be another story completely different, with the rain as a differential factor and its gradual demise as a harbinger of a remarkable variety of strategic.

Lewis Hamilton out in Monaco with a significant boost in their race for the championship, not only for his victory, but also by the grey of the performance of Nico Rosberg, who finished seventh. Other winners of the day were Sergio Perez, who got a new podium for Force India and Fernando Alonso, who achieved a brilliant fifth place with McLaren-Honda.

The stars

Lewis Hamilton

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Very possibly, the English title will not get removed ever the tag pilot’s impulsive and erratic. And, phobias of many of its critics aside, attitudes like those of the Saturday following the classification contributes to this.

But if we leave aside the character and his transparent character out of the car, we see time and time again its consistency and coldness at the time of competition. We live in an episode more in Monaco, where his patience was again tested following a new drawback mechanic. But Lewis did not lose the nerves, prepared with care the only attempt of the fastest lap that was going to be able to complete and minimized damage.

on Sunday, he did everything to perfection helped, yes, for the disastrous second pit-stop from Ricciardo. In the wet, it was very fast cutting time to Ricciardo after getting rid of Rosberg and, when all the world stopped to put intermediates with the track becoming less and less waterlogged, he had the patience to bear with the extreme wet tyres in order to save a stop and change directly to the dry tyres. With this movement -decided for himself-, he went on to lead the race in equality of conditions with regard to Ricciardo. Once Daniel turned to look behind for the mistake in the pit lane, the rest was easy: put up with a few tires ultra-soft -that are not or much less – and allow to pass turns without errors.

Just a further point: when the rain came back timidly in the last few laps intermittently, Ricciardo disappeared instantly from their rear-view mirrors. Details…

Daniel Ricciardo

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The end of the week of Daniel was nearly perfect. The car was adapted completely to the characteristics of the circuit and the australian made the most of it. With the wet track at the start was intractable, helped by the stopper to a snail’s Nico Rosberg had on Lewis Hamilton. When the English got rid of his companion, began to give ground, but always within the limits of the logic of the situation.

unfortunately, your options victoria is committed when it stopped to ride on intermediate tyres, so Hamilton remained on the track and with it regained the lost ground, as Ricciardo again to catch him, but could not pass. When they both stopped to put dry tires, everything is twisted. The mechanical Ricciardo were not prepared and the australian lost precious time. Hamilton only had to be limited to not commit errors. Outstanding performance of Ricciardo, in any case. The australian is becoming more and more reliable and faster, and begins to win the gallons of star.

Sergio Perez

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The mexican has always shown signs of his talent and, although its failure in the McLaren still weighs heavily on the minds of many, the truth is that it takes a lot of time pulling the cart from Force India and showing a reliability to take into account.

does Not usually lose opportunities, and, in Monaco, he returned to give evidence of this. The strategy was perfect and placed him in a position to get a podium. It depended on the bet for the soft compound -the most hard from the range available in that race – work, and so it was. Six podiums for Sergio in his career in F1: three with Sauber and three with Force India. That has a lot of merit.

Fernando Alonso

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If we move away a little from the tangle of statements that Boullier, Dennis and company are in charge of offering us constantly, and we analyze the situation of McLaren’s perspective, we can see that it does not leave of being, at present, a team of middle grill. second half of grill in particular.

Monaco, however, minimizes one of the weak points of the car: the engine. And that led to Alonso flirts with the first half of grill. And when Alonso smells blood, lunges for his prey, and not the loose. So it was in Monaco with a good strategy and a lot of craft. The sad thing is that the concept of ‘smell blood’ that we have always associated with Alonso already is not to go for the victory. not even a podium. Now, with a lot of luck, it is about achieving what is popularly called in the networks, “the fifth constitutional”. What a waste.

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Ferrari

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The debate that began last year (if Ferrari really improved or not or if it is more a weakness of the other teams, except Mercedes) are on their way over. And is beginning to intuit troubling signs in the Scuderia.

it Is true that Monaco is a circuit very particular, but not surprising that return to reproduce the problems of Montmeló in classification. And that, in a circuit of mechanical grip and pure downforce, Ferrari not only not be able to get close to Mercedes, but even to lay claim to the podium in a Force India.

Or Vettel, or Räikkönen are too successful this year and the team did not seem to be able to evolve the car as is due. In the case of Kimi, is more or less the same as always. In the Sebastian and the team, deserves to be followed with attention in the next races.

Nico Rosberg

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The solid leader of the world was wrecked with all of the law in Monaco, a circuit that traditionally has been given well. To the supposed problems of overheating of brakes from the start, joined the opposites in the dry tires.

whatever the reason, Nico was unable to, at least, minimize damage on a day complicated and Hamilton gets into the fight for the title of full. Nico has a problem: it takes many months to generate confidence in himself. And only a day to create all the doubts of the world.

Williams

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Massa pulled the trade to get a point in Monaco, but the team again lost the battle with Monaco, something that is already a tradition. The car, a year more, has a deficit of downforce remarkable and suffers especially in slow curve: the ideal combination for fail in Monaco.

This weekend was overtaken by Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, Force India, Toro Rosso and McLaren. That has to hurt on a team that has come to fight for win races against Mercedes does too tiempo.

Sauber

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That the Hinwil have financial problems serious and that the car is a true reflection of the situation of the team is evident. You can’t expect too much on a sporting level. But what Ericsson and Nasr we were offered the Sunday with the discussion of radio and the subsequent clash between the two, raises the level of ridiculous to unacceptable levels.

Unacceptable to your maximum responsible, Monisha Kalterborn, that surely will do nothing to teach a good lesson to your drivers, but you should. What came to be Sauber, and in what has become.

Max Verstappen

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“From zero to hero in a pis pas”, it has a well-known animated film by Disney. Well, that is what has happened to Max this weekend. To be the next Senna a spoiled child with too much ambition and humility.

Neither as much nor as bald, as is usual in Formula 1. Max has a lot to learn still and the pressure of fighting for the win it takes a while to assimilate it. It is true that this weekend has gone to accident per day in Monaco, but it is still relatively normal at this point and in the case of this circuit. Max will triumph, but also get the leg in some occasions. It is a law of pilot.

The flash

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the decision Was a risky and bold. And no, I gave him the race, but it helped. The personal decision of Lewis Hamilton to stay on track while the rest of the pilots went to the pits to replace tires, intermedia, was one of the shining moments of the weekend.

The british came to lose fourteen seconds, with Ricciardo on the first lap, gripped by the sad pace of Nico Rosberg. When the German -in a gesture that honors him – he recognized their limitations and gave the step for the good of the team, Lewis began to trim time to Ricciardo, reducing the deficit to eleven seconds just before the australian came into the pits on lap 23.

But Hamilton did not do the same thing, staying on track with ends and being even faster than his companion, with intermediates on a track that began to dry up. With such a move, Hamilton managed to fade these eleven seconds, going to be the first with Ricciardo behind, lurking. But behind it.

Finally, Hamilton came into the pits on lap 31 for placing the tires ultrablandos, leaving a clear track to Ricciardo to overtake him once stand in the next round. The rest is well known history. It is evident that the bet of Lewis not gave him the victory. But it helped to put you in a position to take advantage of any error. That is just what happened.

The technical detail

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That Pirelli bring compound ultra-soft Monaco was a news story, a priori, fantastic, because I was going to end up with the tradition of recent years: that the leaders controlled their pace to make a single pit stop, and not be exposed to excessive overdubbing, and, above all, to exit in the middle of traffic.

The rain we are finally offered a great show, but not disguised the grim reality of ultra-soft: that is not at all. It is true that Monaco is the circuit with less wear on the calendar, but still, it is not of receipt that Pirelli does not to provide a compound, at least one, able to put the variable of the degradation on the table in all circuits of the season.

The dark area

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you can’t say that there has been too much controversy this year in Monaco -although yes many penalties-. But there is a theme that, not by appellant, we must forget.

The race again started behind the safety car and the excuse is always the same: the safety of the riders. And not stops hurting justify it that way when at other times the races end up with insufficient visibility because the commercial interests advise times inappropriate (many examples in Malaysia, Korea, Melbourne or Suzuka), or don’t take red flags or safety cars in very dangerous situations for the drivers or the stewards (as the one that took the life of Jules Bianchi, for example).

Was it necessary to deprive us of the spectacle of the output in standing on this occasion? Monaco is arguably the circuit with a higher probability of accidents in the output but, at the same time, with the least of that such accidents may have serious consequences. “The safety never have enough”, they say”. And it is true. But if you choose that route, should be taken always, not only when interested.