Formula Racing

Monaco Grand Prix - Race Review

Rosberg Wins Big For Mercedes
By Armaan Ebrahim


Nico Rosberg finally converted his and Mercedes’ strong qualifying form into a race win at Monaco. After qualifying on pole Nico managed to keep his cool through a heavily interrupted GP which saw two safety car periods as well as the race being red flagged.

Mercedes were not able to convert their 1 & 2 in qualifying into race results after the first round of pit stops under the safety car when Lewis Hamilton took a little too much time to come into the pits and that resulted in him losing out to both the Red Bulls.

Rosberg on the other hand played his cards well and managed to build a decent gap after every restart. This was also because Sebastien Vettel was told early on in the race by his engineer to look after his tyres, and in my mind, I think he was a bit too cautious. Nevertheless his second place meant that he outscored his main rivals by a big margin to open up his championship lead to 21 points.

Mark Webber withstood constant pressure from Lewis Hamilton to come home in third and I'm sure this would have done lots to help his confidence. Lewis on the other hand would probably be disappointed with losing out on a podium because of that costly in lap to the pits. It’s still good when you look at from the Mercedes point of view and a big improvement from the last race in Barcelona. Could that controversial test after the race have helped? Red Bull and Ferrari have protested, could this affect the result? We'll just have to wait and see how things pan out.

Coming in 5th was Force India’s Adrian Sutil who to me drove a brilliant race with some really good moves on Jenson Button and a frustrated Fernando Alonso. Jenson came in in 7th and would probably have to thank his team mate Sergio Perez for that after the Mexican ran into the back of Kimi Raikkonen who was running in 5th.The incident resulted in the Finn getting a puncture and having to pit with three laps to go and Perez stopping with overheated brakes plus damage to the front suspension. Fernando Alonso and Ferrari had a dismal day finishing a disappointing 7th after a very average drive from the two time world champion.

Jean Eric Vergne had a very strong weekend and brought the car home in a very creditable 8th place. Following him was Paul Di Resta who lost out due to a wrong tactical call early on but recovered well to score some points. Coming in 10th was the Iceman who drove a great last two laps coming from 15th to 10th thanks to his fresh set of super softs.

Force India to me had a very positive weekend with one car in the top 5 and both cars in the top ten. More importantly they beat McLaren and that says a lot. The team and drivers have been really on it this year and it’s great to see them doing well.

That's it from the principality. Next up is the Canadian GP. I wonder what to expect.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes