Funny money, ephemeral glamour, casino, gambling and Formula 1, this is Grand Prix racing in the streets of Monaco, making it look pretty much like a fenced in zoo. The boredom of processional racing often meets with unexpected drama in the Mediterranean Principality, and this year was no exception. When the safety car came out on lap 64 of 78, Lewis Hamilton had a 20 second lead, and he could already feel the sweet taste of victory. Why his team decided to make him stop for tyres will remain a mystery. With the amount of data at their disposal, that mistake should never have happened. But it did, most likely because a bureaucratic/democratic process was implemented. But why wasn't the obviously wrong decision overriden by the team's Top Gun bosses, Niki Lauda and Toto Wollf? if they had been on the ball, it wouldn't have happened. Bureaucratic incompetence. So Nico Rosberg was handed victory on a plate, giving him his third successive Monaco win. Some guys are lucky in Casino City.
On a final note, why was the young and brilliant Max Verstappen punished by the stewards of the meeting, when he ran in the back of Romain Grosjean, which caused the infamous safety car to come out? Everyone could see that Grosjean had hit the brakes 50 meters earlier than usual... Very strange justice.
Monaco 2015 GP
Thursday, May 28
Spain 2015 GP
Thursday, May 14
AbuDhabi 2014 GP
Thursday, November 27
Despite the looming threat of the double points heresy, justice prevailed, and the best man won. Lewis Hamilton is the new World Champion, and his total of 11 wins versus 5 for his worthy opponent and teammate Nico Rosberg speaks volumes. Lewis has finally conquered his second title, after waiting six years since the first one, something that only happened once before, with Graham Hill (1962-1968). The Mercedes Panzer Division has left only crumbs to the opposition this season (but they must be congratulated), and we can only hope that 2015 will allow other players to compete at the highest level. This season, only the brilliant Daniel Ricciardo was able on occasion to take advantage of circumstances and score victory; no doubt we will hear more from the likeable and ultra quick Australian.