Was Monaco a great race?
Yes, because it's Monaco, because it's like no other one, because the cars are just so close, loud, thrilling!
But no, it was not a great vintage. For two reasons.
One is that nothing really happened during the race: the top drivers on the grid finished the race in basically the same order, (oh yes, Alonso did pass Hamilton!... in the pits). Otherwise, the infamous train, led by Webber (nice to see the Aussie winning of course), just went round and round...
The other reason is that the man who took Pole position, in brilliant fashion, started the race in sixth position, thus losing any chance of winning. This bad boy, Michael Schumacher, was given Capital Monaco Punishment for a collision that happened two weeks before during the Spanish Grand Prix. Apparently, Stewards of the meeting seem to think that F1 drivers have accidents on purpose, and should be punished. F1 Kindergarten.
Monaco 2012 GP
Wednesday, May 30
Spain 2012 GP
Wednesday, May 16
It seems that a form of insanity had descended upon Formula 1...
It's one thing for different World Champions to win races, and it's was not really a surprise to see Nico Rosberg finally winning his first Grand Prix, but Pastor Maldonado, in a Williams?...
I'm not underestimating Pastor's obvious talent, and I'm absolutely happy for the courageous and tenacious Frank Williams and his team, but beating Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus? Everyone will have their five cents explanation, but there is something that's hard to understand in all this.
On a final note, a special mention goes to Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo: the two Toro Rosso team mates fought a merciless battle, passing and repassing each other in spectacular fashion while never doing anything stupid; pure, refreshing juvenile skill, and great talent.
PS- Did Hamilton really deserve to be thrown from his brilliant pole to the back of the grid?
PPS- Once again, Alonso was a real devil, what a driver! For sure in a league of his own.
Malaysia 2012 GP
Thursday, March 29
When the going gets tough... Alonso emerges, tough as nails. The F-2012 Ferrari? Not a problem.
But it was a close call. Sergio "Checo" Perez drove an outstanding race in treacherous conditions, and could have won. Should have won? We'll never know. When the radio shouted in his ears "Checo, be careful, we need this position. We need this position", Perez lost concentration, ran wide and precious seconds were gone... And so, we'll have to wait a little more before seeing the first Mexican victory since Pedro Rodriguez, 42 years ago in Spa.
I like to think that Checo didn't back off and wouldn't have backed off, something that would not have crossed the mind of his illustrious compadre either...