2019 Monaco Thoughts
LAUDA: Brilliant. Analytical. Courageous. Tough as hell. Outspoken. Blunt. Champion. There will never be another like him.
THE BIG PICTURE: An emotional weekend for all involved in Formula 1.
EVENT: Love those yachts. Can't see anything from them, but love those yachts.
TRACK: It always amazes us how quickly they can clean up an incident and get back to green flag racing.
QUALIFYING: Ferrari continues to be absolute complete imbeciles, Gasly makes Grosjean hopping mad, Ricciardo continues to shine at Monaco, Vettel messes up throughout, and Hamilton is the lone survivor.
RACE: Would have been nice if the rain showed up...
START: Hamilton is perfect, Bottas is aggressive, Verstappen plays it smart, Sainz jumps Toro Rosso, Ricciardo makes a move, and Raikkonen gets nudged and drops.
HAMILTON: Was Lewis being his usual radio drama queen or was he really in trouble this time? He won the race, so ultimately it doesn't matter.
BOTTAS: Seems to be back playing the wingman.
MERCEDES: The 1-2 finishing streak comes to an end, but they have still won every race this season so far.
VETTEL: Finally beat a Mercedes even if he needed Red Bull's help to do so.
LECLERC: Well, Charles was certainly entertaining to watch.
FERRARI: Let's look at the bright side -- they didn't mess anything up on Sunday.
VERSTAPPEN: Max kept it interesting, even with the (valid) penalty.
GASLY: Pierre keeps doing better and better. But, will he completely close the gap?
SAINZ: The race Carlos wanted two weeks ago.
MCLAREN: It keeps appearing McLaren actually is the best of the rest this year. Though their Indy 500 qualifying effort was a clown show.
RENAULT: While the French team just keeps sinking further.
RICCIARDO: Despite Daniel's best efforts as always at Monaco.
KVYAT: Impressive run.
GROSJEAN: Romain salvaged a point for the American team.
MAGNUSSEN: While Kevin was tame.
WILLIAMS: Actually beat someone who didn't DNF.
STROLL: Now, he's losing to a Williams and getting in everyone's way. Lance's meager stock has plummeted to penny stock value.
PEREZ: Scary, scary situation where two marshalls nearly got themselves run over by Sergio.
INDY 500: A fantastic drive by Simon Pagenaud in a thrilling duel with Alexander Rossi, Oriol Servia should have been penalized big time, and Sebastien Bourdais screwed up.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Niki.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 43 -- Ultimately, the fiery crash at the Nurburgring in 1976 took Niki Lauda's life, as the damage the flames did to his lungs resulted in the recent health issues he could not overcome. However, it did so 43 years later. That's one heck of a second chance, which Lauda made the most of.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Niki Lauda won Monaco twice, both from pole position, while driving for Ferrari in 1975 and 1976. (He also took pole in 1974, but retired from the race with ignition problems.) However, it was the 1984 Monaco GP which most people talk about even though he spun out of the race. Since that event was cut short due to rainy conditions and only half points were awarded, it opened the door for Lauda to take the championship over the race winner, Alain Prost, by half a point.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Perhaps the best epitaph can only come from Niki Lauda's own words, "What would life be if we only did what was necessary? I've been through a lot and I've realized the future can't be controlled. You appreciate that it is very easy to die and you have to arrange your life to cope with that reality. From success, you learn absolutely nothing. From failure and setbacks, conclusions can be drawn. That goes for your private life as well as your career."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: And a little Niki Lauda humor, "I had a reason to look ugly. Most people don't."
SCHEDULE: Could Montreal actually have more safety car periods than Monaco?
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