By Patrick Wedes
Monaco is always going to be a race on tyre strategy let alone your grid starting position. No room for error as we know, and no room for doubt on the pit window strategy as it has proven lethal to other teams in the past.
No longer is Monaco a race, unlike Budapest, where from pole position you were almost a certain winner. Following other cars, pitting similar times was the normal result of these two races in the 90’s and the new millennium.
We have larger race cars, more downforce, more grip and power on the same width of track as we have had for over 50 years. Technology has progressed and so has the Monte Carlo spectacle.
Hamilton ended with the fastest lap point though his pace all weekend was a little off we may say as he never really put his AMG Petronas Mercedes past the top 3 all weekend. Actually his average position was 5th leading up to the race.
FP1 was 5th, FP2 was 3rd, FP3 was 7th with a race result of 7th with his first tyre change on lap 29 then a dash for new rubber on lap 69 of the overall 78 lap Grand Prix de Monaco.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had his sights set on the illustrious Monaco gold trophy as the young Brit Lando Norris in his special liveried Gulf McLaren took third place on the ever prestigious Monaco F1 podium.
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Local monegasque Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc failed to start his home race after taking the pole position as the team scrambled to try and put him out on track to circulate. The team decided to do a selection of repairs after his crash 18 seconds before qualifying was over failing to sort out the gearbox problems in any order for raceday.
His team mate Carols Sainz Jnr did well taking the second place in the race even though he was 8.98secs begin Red Bull, a potential Ferrari 1-2 went begging, only if the team had been more thorough on Saturday to guarantee Leclec’s car was going to be fine for the race.
Aston Martin’s Mercedes powered cars came home on raceday in 5th and 8th for points as Alpine’s Fernando Alonso could only manage a 13th place finish, mid season was looking quite dim for the team as Davide Brive formerly Suzuki MotoGP team boss was now involved with the team management trackside.
The Monaco Grand Prix for 2022 will see a day change where the traditional Thursday will be moved to the Friday inclusive of the regular support racing.