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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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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Webber 78
2. Rosberg 78
3. Alonso 78
4. Vettel 78
5. Hamilton 78
6. Massa 78
7. di Resta 78
8. Hulkenberg 78
9. Raikkonen 78
10. Senna 78
11. Perez 77
12. Vergne(R) 77
13. Kovalainen 77
14. Glock 77
15. Karthikeyan 76
16. Button 70
R Ricciardo 65
R Pic(R) 64
R Schumacher 63
R Petrov 15
R Kobayashi 5
R Grosjean 0
R de la Rosa 0
R Maldonado 0

Time of Race
1:46:06.557

Margin of Victory
0.643 sec.

Safety Car
1 for 3 laps

Lead Changes
4 among 4 drivers

Lap Leaders
Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa

Fastest Race Lap
Sergio Perez

Pole Position
Michael Schumacher

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Alonso 76
2. Vettel 73
  Webber 73
4. Hamilton 63
5. Rosberg 59
6. Raikkonen 51
7. Button 45
8. Grosjean 35
9. Maldonado 29
10. Perez 22
11. di Resta 21
12. Kobayashi 19
13. Senna 15
14. Massa 10
15. Hulkenberg 7
16. Vergne(R) 4
17. Ricciardo 2
  Schumacher 2

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 146
2. McLaren 108
3. Lotus 86
  Ferrari 86
5. Mercedes 61
6. Williams 44
7. Sauber 41
8. Force India 28
9. Toro Rosso 6
 
 

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