2015 Monaco Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: All you conspiracy theorists, stop right now. Just stop. Stupid decisions under extreme pressure in sports happen all the time. Just look at this year's Super Bowl.
EVENT: One day. One day, we'll be there...
QUALIFYING: Hamilton exorcises a demon, Rosberg locks 'em up ... twice, and Perez is the darling of qualifying.
RACE: A typical Monaco race turned into quite the affair thanks to Verstappen's misjudgment.
TRACK: Apparently too much partying got Mercedes confused about what track they were at. You can't pass at Monaco, so why in the world would you ever consider pitting no matter how bad your tires are?
START: Kvyat gets his teammate, Vettel almost gets Rosberg, and Alonso does get Hulkenberg.
ROSBERG: Nico said it himself. He was lucky. But he's not exactly going to hand it back.
HAMILTON: Here Lewis, we're going to give you $150 million and then bone you out of a Monaco victory. Enjoy the money...
MERCEDES: Stupid is as stupid does.
VETTEL: Sebastian enjoyed himself.
RAIKKONEN: While we doubt Kimi did.
KVYAT: Answered all his critics.
RICCIARDO: Despite finishing behind Daniil (since he let him by on the last lap), Daniel had to be pleased.
RED BULL: Now Team Whining Babies are not threatening to leave F1...
PEREZ: The surprise of the weekend. Sergio probably just sent a surge of ticket sales for his home grand prix which were already selling very well.
HULKENBERG: Nico is supposed to be the star of Force India.
BUTTON: Well, he scored points.
MCLAREN: Pretty sad we get all excited for this vaunted team to score their first points ... six races into the season.
ALONSO: Are we detecting the sour personality of Fernando beginning to (re)appear?
WILLIAMS: So much for all their improvements. It was a weekend to forget.
VERSTAPPEN: A memorable weekend (with some ingenious opportunistic passing) turned on a slight error into a disastrous weekend.
MALDONADO: Still hasn't seen the checkered flag at Monaco.
HILL: Damon Hill hit the nail on the head, "So much is invested in computers, and so much faith is put in simulations, that they sometimes forget what is happening right in front of you."
GP2: In a make it or break it year for Alexander Rossi, so far he is on the make it side of the ledger, especially with a pole and second at Monaco.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Whoops.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 25.727 -- The gap in seconds Hamilton had over Rosberg crossing the start/finish line before the fateful pit stop. But, the switch from the virtual safety car to the actual safety car changed all that, causing what should have been a safe pit stop into a race losing pit stop.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Nico Rosberg now joins Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, and Graham Hill, winning the race three consecutive years. Senna won a remarkable five years in a row with McLaren (1989-93) and six out of seven years (1987 being the other year with Lotus). Just before that, Prost had his run with McLaren (1984-86) and then taking his fourth win in 1988. Hill won three in a row with BRM (1963-65) then two years later won two in a row for Lotus (1968-69).
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton at the moment of realization, "I've lost this race, haven't I?"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Lewis Hamilton at the moment of being pissed off, "Please stop talking to me. Please."
SCHEDULE: The home of Hamilton's first win is a fitting race for him to recover from Monaco. But, will Mercedes' brakes hold up on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve?
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