Monaco GP race report

Posted by topgear at 08:18 am on Sunday August 19, 2012


Six cars, six seconds and now six winners in 2012. The Monaco Grand Prix finished Webber, Rosberg, Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel and Massa — just 6.195 secs from first to last there — then a bigger gap until di Resta, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen and Senna. Jenson Button was last seen skulking off home, lid still on, after another afternoon having never really been a factor. He’s dropped from first to seventh in the championship standings in six races.

The tight finish hides the fact that this was a very typical Monaco Grand Prix in what otherwise has been a singularly a-typical season. If there was any overtaking it was usually deemed illegal and followed by a radio message from The Stewards requesting the position be given back. Seriously, if Monaco can’t offer any opportunity for overtaking this year, what with the closeness of the cars and the DRS and the tyres and all that...

Spare a thought for Michael Schumacher. For once, he was involved in an accident that appeared to have little or nothing to do with him, other than the fact he’d made a great start, and was set to make up one or two of the positions the grid penalty stole from him. The contact with Romain Grosjean may or may not have caused his retirement in the closing stages. Had he been able to start from pole (it would have been his 69th) and looking at the pace of second-place Nico Rosberg and the way the race went, we’re thinking Michael would be celebrating his 92nd Grand Prix win and his sixth Monte Carlo win right now, matching the record of Ayrton Senna. And, silly us, we think that might have been more of a story that good old Webbo’ winning his second on the trot. Mate.

TAGS// f1, formula one, monaco gp

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