May 22, 2014

Qualifying roulette.

Fascinating about Monaco how qualifying can depend so much on chance,   say Lewis "I slept on my dad's couch in Stevenage" Hamilton and Nico "Grew up with jets and hotels" Rosberg can't find a good gap, and they really could be off the front row.  

Today, on a drying track in the second qualifying session,  it happened and it was Ferrari not Mercedes on top and by a healthy 4/10th.  

Of course the one that counts is Saturday and, unfortunately for the spectacle, there is no more rain predicted for qualifying or the race.  

Maybe Maldonado will stuff it at a crucial moment and keep the Mercs from starting first!

Pos Driver                Team                     Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  1m18.482s           15
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 1m18.901s  +0.419s  12
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault         1m19.017s  +0.535s  15
 4. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault       1m19.351s  +0.869s  14
 5. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        1m19.421s  +0.939s   9
 6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     1m19.668s  +1.186s   9
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes     1m19.712s  +1.230s  10
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         1m19.721s  +1.239s  16
 9. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         1m19.779s  +1.297s  11
10. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes         1m20.230s  +1.748s  16
11. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes        1m20.394s  +1.912s   8
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       1m20.622s  +2.140s  13
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari           1m20.811s  +2.329s   8
14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            1m20.977s  +2.495s   7
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari           1m21.467s  +2.985s   8
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            1m21.700s  +3.218s   6
17. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         1m21.924s  +3.442s   6
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         1m21.937s  +3.455s  13
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         1m22.683s  +4.201s  13
20. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 1m22.862s  +4.380s  11
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         1m23.164s  +4.682s   6
22. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                  1m45.509s  +27.027s  4


  1. mean '2nd PRACTICE seesion"? I was about to get all pissed that I missed monaco qualy, then I remembered it's only Thursday morning.

  2. just remember to set your DVR properly, the actual race is on NBC not NBCSPORTS :)

  3. There is a video somewhere on axis of an onboard of Alonso driving Monaco (2011 or 2012?) where his car control is on full display. I have never doubted Alonso's skill after watching that video. Do you know this video I'm talking about? I would love to see it again.


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