2022 Monaco Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Consider this. Sergio Perez is only 15 points behind Max Verstappen. So, is Perez really the number two driver? Oh yeah, Mark Weber and Daniel Riccardo can answer that question...
EVENT: Was this really the last Monaco GP? Or, is this a massive corporate game of chicken?
TRACK: We will always love Monaco. But seriously look into the idea of a change or two which can introduce a decent passing zone.
QUALIFYING: Another last lap red flag, another Leclerc pole, but this time Charles isn't the one with the damaged car. Perez crashes on his super fast lap, ruining the chances for Sainz and Verstappen. Norris is brilliant, Russell overcomes bouncing, Tsunoda shines, Ricciardo disappoints, and Gasly is shaking his head.
RACE: We thought the rain would introduce some chaos into the preceedings. But, it didn't.
START: Boo. Rolling start. Boo.
PEREZ: He was the fastest Red Bull driver all weekend. Sergio may have "inherited" the race lead due to Ferrari's strategy cockup, but he thoroughly deserved the win.
VERSTAPPEN: It's a rare occasion Max plays second fiddle on his team.
RED BULL: Strategy masters again.
SAINZ: Lapped cars are always an issue at Monaco. That's just the way it is, Carlos.
LECLERC: He finally finishes a race at Monaco. But Charles is still angry. And rightfully so.
FERRARI: Returning to their pathetic strategy calls.
RUSSELL: Just put all your money down on George taking a top five spot next race. And the race after that. And the race after that one. And...
NORRIS: Still not 100% health wise. Still a great drive.
RICCIARDO: It's not even whispers anymore. The talk is right out in the open, loud and clear. Daniel's ride is in serious jeopardy.
ALPINE: Their strategy for Alonso made no sense at all because it totally hosed Ocon who was going to lose all his points with a five second penalty with no chance to open a five-second gap.
SCHUMACHER: For all the criticism of his former teammate, Mick sure does crash a lot. Significantly worse crashes. Unless you have the accompanying skill, verve, and wins like Gilles or Nuvolari, this is very, very bad. Very bad.
HAAS What a disastrous weekend in what is turning into a disappointing, lost season after such an amazing start.
STROLL/LATIFI: Is it any surprise the two pay drivers, sons of billionaires, were the only two who hit the wall on the wet formation laps?
FIA: Now Verstappen is beating the drum we've been pounding for years. That is drivers who cause a red flag during qualifying should lose their best time.
F2: Brazilian Felipe Drugovich extended his points lead thanks to a feature win from the pole while leading every lap (well, that's easy to do at Monaco). Norwegian Dennis Hager won his first F2 race in the sprint.
INDY 500: Would anyone have guessed when Marcus Ericsson languished for so long in F1 that one day he would win the Indy 500? But, he deserved it, taking an opportunity by it's neck and driving it home. Congratulations.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Contract.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 2 -- The number of red flags and the two-hour time limit being hit.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Sergio Perez is now the winningest Mexican F1 driver in history with three victories, surpassing the legendary Pedro Rodriguez who had two. Those two wins were in the 1967 South African GP in a Cooper-Maserati and 1970 Belgian GP in a BRM. He also won a non-championship F1 race -- there were a few of them every year back then. It was the 1971 Spring Trophy at Oulton Park in a BRM. He was killed three months later in a sportscar race (he won Le Mans in 1968) at the Norisring.
TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: The McLaren tweet simply showing a picture of raindrops on the pavement.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Charles Leclerc to his team after the race, "No words. No words. We cannot do that."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: When Lando Norris was told to up his speed in the wet conditions, he responded, "I'm at 100% pace, mate."
SCHEDULE: From the slowest street course to one of the fastest street courses, the teams head to Baku and possible mayhem.
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