2012 Monaco Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Six races. Six driver winners. No dominate team or driver emerging. This is mind boggling fun!
EVENT: Glamorous as always.
QUALIFYING: So, Schumacher finally shines, only to "pick" the race where he is relegated five spots.
RACE: The perfect clash of engineering precision strategy versus unpredictable Mother Nature. Guess who won?
TRACK: The definition of anachronism.
START: Webber is perfect, Rosberg is second perfect, Grosjean screws Schumacher, Vettel jumps three spots, and Massa is strong.
WEBBER: Once he took the lead, you could tell he was in the zone to take his second Monaco GP. The only thing that could trip him up was the weather. Lucky for Mark, it came too late for his teammate.
VETTEL: Almost had the strategy to pull a win out, but the weather did not cooperate.
RED BULL: Not quite the Red Bull of the last two years, but getting some of their swagger back.
ROSBERG: Sure, he got overshadowed ... for once ... by his teammate, but Nico still qualified third, got to start second, and drove perfectly to finish second.
SCHUMACHER: The race to finally prove himself unraveled back in Spain when he ran into the back of Senna, forcing Michael into a position on the Monaco grid which caused him to get caught out at the start.
MERCEDES: In the meantime, Mercedes continues to make strides.
ALONSO: Another brilliant race from Fernando, though the Ferraris were not as handicapped at Monaco.
MASSA: A decent enough drive to quiet the rumors ... for about six seconds...
FERRARI: Raise your hand if you are sick and tired of the incessant Ferrari driver rumor crap.
HAMILTON: Started third. Finished fifth. Another Lewis tirade against his team. Now, back to those negotiations...
BUTTON: A weekend to forget.
MALDONADO: Pastor goes from winner to DFL.
KOBAYASHI: Kamikaze Kamui is back.
GLOCK: Has Timo been mentioned even once during the first six race broadcasts? Just once?
GP2: Two weeks ago, we had Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado win his first F1 race. This weekend, we had Venezuelan Johnny Cecotto win his first GP2 race. Chavez's money is being put to good use...
INDY: Oh, how close we came to SATO-MANIA!!!!
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Imminent. As in the rain is imminent. As imminent as passing is at Monaco.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 6 -- and the number keeps climbing.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Mark Webber has now won more Monaco Grands Prix than fellow countryman, the great Jack Brabham, a three-time world champion. Brabham won his in 1959 in a Cooper-Climax after starting third. It was Brabham's first career victory, Australia's first World Championship win, and the first win for the factory Cooper team.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Kimi Raikkonen on Monaco, "It's an interesting place to go to, with a lot of fans and a lot of parties going on -- or so I'm told."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Michael Schumacher: "What can I say?"
SCHEDULE: To the Great White North for the first of two North American stops this year.
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