2014 Monaco Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: The constructors' battle may already be over, but the drivers' title will be the talk that keeps us all eagerly anticipating the next race.
EVENT: We want to be in that pool with all the rich women...
QUALIFYING: Rosberg gets a fortuitous yellow flag ... his own (how convenient...), Hamilton is pissed (nothing new), and Kvyat quickly learns the perils of Monaco but recovers brilliantly.
RACE: The safety car dictated the winning order remained status quo.
TRACK: There was certainly some interesting passing this year in spots where it shouldn't happen.
START: Clean. Then, clean again.
ROSBERG: Nico repeats. And his teammate seethes.
HAMILTON: We don't know if Lewis is the hungriest driver in F1, but he certainly is the most petulant one.
MERCEDES: You guys will have a better chance negotiating an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty...
RICCIARDO: Once again, the star at Red Bull. And another podium.
VETTEL: Sure, the car let Sebastian down, but he was outqualified by his teammate for the fifth time.
RED BULL: Still, they are unquestionable the second best team on the grid right now.
ALONSO: Kimi has finally caught up to Fernando. Now, the fun begins at Ferrari.
RAIKKONEN: But, Kimi's race is spoiled, spoiling the fun for us fans.
HULKENBERG: An excellent run by Nico with a pass for the highlight reel.
BUTTON: A surprising sixth for Button.
MASSA: Felipe gets back into the points.
GROSJEAN: Romain continues to be the highlight for Lotus.
BIANCHI: Is Jules a star of the future?
MARUSSIA: Marussia scores points! Marussia scores points! Marussia scores points!
SAUBER: While the Swiss teams remains scoreless. A situation, if not rectified by the end of the year, could cost them their existence.
GUTIERREZ: Esteban is really coming into his own this year, as his pass into the hairpin on Grosjean shows.
KVYAT: Daniil never saw Monaco before. The guardrail tap coming out of the tunnel in qualifying not withstanding, he had a great weekend until his car let him down.
MALDONADO: There is no truth to the rumor that the entire grid cheered when they heard Pastor could not start the race. We think...
BRABHAM: Godspeed, Sir Jack. You are one of the best.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Waspish.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 4 -- This time for the number of points separating the Mercedes protagonists.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Much was written this week about Sir Jack Brabham being the only driver to win the World Championship in his own car (1966). Brabham was the first of three drivers to win a grand prix in a car of their own construction. Brabham took his first win in a Brabham BT19 during that championship year in the French GP at Reims. Dan Gurney became the second driver to perform such a feat winning the Belgian GP at Spa in an Eagle Mk1 in 1967. Bruce McLaren was the third, and so far last, taking his McLaren M7A to victory in 1968 also in the Belgian GP at Spa.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton clearly indicating the most important factor in the race, "I don't care about Ricciardo! I want to know the gap to Nico."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Former McLaren mechanic, Marc Priestley, who worked with Hamilton for three years, "Lewis Hamilton left McLaren without many fans in the garage because of his attitude and arrogance. It won't take long for the same to happen at Mercedes I'm afraid."
SCHEDULE: The war of words leading up to Canada may be more entertaining than the race itself.
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