With the Monaco grand prix just past I thought I’d mark it with a formula one specific blog; the race was as good as anyone can expect from the streets of Monte Carlo. The spectacle as ever is breathtaking viewing, where the fastest cars in the world do the equivalent of popping to Tesco at 170 mph. Mark Webber surprised us all by once again dominating from qualifying and leaving Sebastian Vettel with second place. I’ve always rated Webber from his storming first grand prix with Minardi through the jaguar days and now, finally with the car to challenge for a title. I do though think he hasn’t that raw pace he had initially, which Mr Vettell has in abundance.
Mclaren faired less well in the principality with Jenson Buton blowing up more or less immediately after the start due to somebody leaving the bung in the radiator duct which strangled the engine of cooling and resulted in the inevitable blue smoke bellow of a blown engine.
Fernando Alonso starting from the back of the grid, made easy work of the slower new teams to overtake enough before stopping at the first safety car period to switch to hard tires and basically complete the rest of the race without pitting, whereby he eventually found himself in seventh position.
The whole event was eventually ended under safety car conditions which due to a technicality in the regulations left a certain Michael Schumacher to overtake Fernando Alonso at the last corner, this being a breach of the rules under the conditions led the stewards aided by a certain Damon Hill (long time rival and victim of Schumacher’s ruthless competitiveness) to levy the penalty of a 20 second deduction of Schumacher’s time, rendering him 12th.
It was bad form from the stewards, or more the rulebook, but it was Michael Schumacher and like Prost and Senna inevitably coming to a violent crash, the incident was bound to be leapt upon by Damon.
All in all a great grand prix simply due to the fact than any race with Monaco as a backdrop is a thrill to watch….