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2017 Monaco Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: People need to stop complaining about Monaco's lack of racing. You don't watch it for the racing, because that usually sucks. You watch Monaco for the amazing driving ability these guys put out keeping these cars off the wall as fast as they go. We're perfectly content with appreciating that kind of talent once in a while. Sometimes, that's part of being a racing fan, too.

TRACK: We already know it's an anachronism. Now, it apparently can't hold up to the new modern F1 car with part of the track breaking up and a loose manhole cover puncturing tires.

EVENT: Did you notice they now have some large screen TVs facing the harbor? Monaco always knows exactly who their true clientele are.

QUALIFYING: Kimi finally grabs a pole ... after like nine years. Hamilton fails to make Q3 on speed ... in like four years.

START: Shockingly clean. In fact, it was downright boring.

RACE: This race displayed a possible need to rethink teams' strategies. Pitting the team's leader first is usually the ticket to maintain equilibrium. Not this time. And perhaps, with these tires, not anymore.

FERRARI: A planned setup to ensure a Vettel victory? Think again. Red Bull's drivers experienced the same fate with the same strategy.

VETTEL: We can't say Sebastian didn't deserve the win, but maybe he didn't fully deserve it.

RAIKKONEN: We can't say Kimi deserved the win, but maybe he partially deserved it.

RICCIARDO: It didn't make up for blowing a victory last year, but Daniel's pit crew came through this year allowing him to jump from fifth to third.

VERSTAPPEN: What a mouth on that kid. But, we can't blame him.

RED BULL: Welcome to Mercedes' problem of the past three years...

BOTTAS: Did the best he could for Mercedes.

HAMILTON: Made the best of his horrid qualifying situation.

MERCEDES: The pressure is ratcheted up some more.

TORO ROSSO: Solid all weekend long.

SAINZ: And Carlos took advantage of it.

KVYAT: While Daniil tried to take advantage of it, but luck ... and Perez ... was against him.

GROSJEAN: Good thing he didn't have brake problems this weekend.

MAGNUSSEN: Looked really good again.

HAAS: Their first double points finish. Esteban who?

WERHLEIN: Pascal was getting in the way of everybody. But, we can't really blame him for the final incident. Though, one does have to be aware drivers are going to make desperate moves at Monaco, and for self preservation, you got to give them some room.

BUTTON: In the end, Jenson cemented in his mind why he's happy with retirement. But, you can't fault him for that move, even if it's technically his fault.

ERICSSON: A "sympathy" crash after his teammate went out?

VANDOORNE: The weekend was going great, he made it to Q3, and then never actually made it to Q3. From there, it was all downhill.

SAUBER: A missed opportunity to grab some points with an interesting strategy.

MCLAREN: Still no points. Still trailing Sauber.

FIA: The whole Button/Wehrlein incident never should have happened. This is why penalties to be administered after the race are ridiculous. Wehrlein was hit with a five second penalty for his action in the pits against Button, but is allowed to stay in front of Button, ruining Button's chances to rundown better positions. Button should have been in front of Wehrlein during the race, not wait to be placed there afterwards. These sort of penalties need to be modified to have the proper punishment affect the race while it's taking place.

PEREZ: The points scoring streak had to end sometime. At least his finishing streak continues.

FORCE INDIA: No points this race, but that's likely to be an aberration than any sort of pattern the rest of the year.

INDY: Sato Mania!

ALONSO: Same old, same old. A Honda blows up on Fernando. But hey, at least he was fast and led...

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Overcut.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 1 -- The number of lead changes at this year's race ... which is actually quite high at Monaco...

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The last time Ferrari won Monaco was in 2001, which also saw a 1-2 for the Prancing Horse. However, Ferrari did not get the pole that year. David Coulthard in a Mclaren-Mercedes did with his teammate, Mika Hakkinen, taking third. Ferrari took the top two even number positions. Coulthard stalled on the formation lap. He ended up finishing fifth. Hakkinen dropped out with steering problems. Michael Schumacher took the win followed by his teammate, Rubens Barrichello.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: After Fernando Alonso radioed to Jenson Button before the start, wishing him luck and to take car of his car, Button responded, "I am going to pee in your seat."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Kimi Raikkonen on the result, "I got the bad end of the story today."

SCHEDULE: Off to Montreal. This area of North America has had a tremendous amount of rain resulting in flooding, as Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have been unable to handle the amount of water. Pirelli may want to bring extra rain tires...

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 78
2. Raikkonen 78
3. Ricciardo 78
4. Bottas 78
5. Verstappen 78
6. Sainz 78
7. Hamilton 78
8. Grosjean 78
9. Massa 78
10. Magnussen 78
11. Palmer 78
12. Ocon 78
13. Perez 78
14. Kvyat 71
15. Stroll(R) 71
NC Vandoorne(R) 66
NC Ericsson 63
NC Button 57
NC Wehrlein 57
NC Hulkenberg 15

Time of Race
1:44:44.340

Margin of Victory
3.145 sec.

Safety Car
1 for 7 laps

Lead Changes
1 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen

Fastest Race Lap
Sergio Perez

Pole Position
Kimi Raikkonen

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Vettel 129
2. Hamilton 104
3. Bottas 75
4. Raikkonen 67
5. Ricciardo 52
6. Verstappen 45
7. Perez 34
8. Sainz 25
9. Massa 20
10. Ocon 19
11. Hulkenberg 14
12. Grosjean 9
13. Magnussen 5
14. Wehrlein 4
  Kvyat 4

  Team Pts.
1. Ferrari 196
2. Mercedes 179
3. Red Bull 97
4. Force India 53
5. Toro Rosso 29
6. Williams 20
7. Renault 14
  Haas 14
9. Sauber 4
 
 

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