MONACO GP

 

Qualifying     Grid      Race    

 

Round 6 - Monte Carlo. 25 - 28 May

 

All times UKÖ

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Thu 25th

FP1

0900 to 1030

0845 to 1055

0855 to 1035

 

FP2

1300 to 1430

1245 to 1455

1255 to 1500

Sat 27th

FP3

1000 to 1100

0945 to 1110

0955 to 1125

 

Qual

1300 to 1400-ish

1200 to 1440

1155 to 1430

Sun 28th

Race

1300 to 1430-ish

1130 to 1610

1200 to 1630

 

  TYRES:

 

Ultra Soft

Super Soft

Soft

Medium

Hard

Intermediate

Wet

 

Tyres

Drivers MUST keep at least one set of the softest tyre for Q3.(This set will be returned to Pirelli after Q3 for those who qualify in the top 10.Remaining drivers will not have used them in Q3 so will not hand anything back.)

Drivers MUST use at least two different compounds during the race.

 

 

Individual driverís tyre choices:

 

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Ultra Soft

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

1

3

9

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

1

3

9

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

1

2

10

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

1

2

10

Lance Stroll (Williams)

1

1

11

Felipe Massa (Williams)

1

1

11

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

1

1

11

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

1

1

11

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

1

1

11

Jolyon Palmer (Renault)

1

1

11

Esteban Ocon (Force India)

1

2

10

Sergio Perez (Force India)

1

2

10

Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)

1

3

9

Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso)

1

3

9

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)

1

2

10

Jenson Button (McLaren)

2

1

10

Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

1

2

10

Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber)

1

2

10

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

1

2

10

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

1

2

10

 

FP1:

      Button worked his way into driving an F1 car again with a number of laps at the back on the Soft tyre (the hardest available). After a setup change he went out again on the Ultra Soft tyres and gradually speeded up as he dialled himself in.

      Ultimately everyone set times on the Ultra Soft tyres except Toro Rosso who steadfastly stuck to the Super Softs.

      Hulkenberg and Ericsson did their installation laps but then both were sidelined for the rest of the session: Hulkenberg with a battery failure and Ericsson with a gearbox failure.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m13.425s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

6

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Renault

 

7

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

9

Sainz

Toro Rosso-Renault

 

10

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

11

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

 

12

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

 

13

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

14

Button

McLaren-Honda

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

16

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

17

Palmer

Renault

 

18

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

1m16.258s 

Hulkenberg

Renault

No Time 

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

No Time 

 

FP2:

      Button continued to work away at improving his times, but one has to remember the teams are engine run-time limited so he canít just go out there and drive lap after lap.

      The Toro Rossos did particularly well with Kvyat topping the times for quite a while before being bested by the Ferraris and Ricciardo.

      Mercedes, down in 8th and 10th said they had the wrong set up on the cars. My understanding is that it doesnít take forever to change the car setup, and the session was 1Ĺ hours long, so I donít buy that as the main reason for their slow pace.We shall see on Saturday!

      A couple of drivers sideswiped the barriers in this session. Ocon and Ericsson got away with it, but Stroll didnít, as he hit the barrier a lot harder than the other two, damaging the car enough to break the front suspension.He was OK but the car was craned away by the marshals.

      Jolyon Palmer continues to attract trouble. This time his Renault engine started to pour smoke and he pulled over to retire at trackside.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m12.720s 

2

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

4

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Renault

 

5

Sainz

Toro Rosso-Renault

 

6

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

7

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

8

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Bottas

Mercedes

 

11

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

 

12

Button

McLaren-Honda

 

13

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

 

14

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

15

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

16

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

17

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

18

Palmer

Renault

 

19

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

20

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

 1m15.695s

 

FP3:

      Ferrari even look more hooked up around here than anyone else! The Mercedes pair are close but donít look to be a threat for the front row. Verstappen is, as usual, fearless as he throws his car around and gets away with it!

      Can the Toro Rossos convert their good showing into a good grid position.Their chassis is good around the tight confines of Monte Carlo and offsetting their Renault power deficit nicely.And the same can be said for McLaren, although however well they do this afternoon will be negated by grid penalties for Vandoorne (3 places) for his incident with Massa in the last race, and Button (15 places) for unscheduled MGU-H and turbocharger changes.

      Is the Williams chassis really as bad as it looks?Renault struggling, but Sauber are in deep trouble!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m12.395s 

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

6

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

7

Sainz

Toro Rosso-Renault

 

8

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Renault

 

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

 

11

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

12

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

 

13

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

14

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

 

15

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

16

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

17

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

18

Palmer

Renault

 

19

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

 

20

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m15.863s 

 

Q1:

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1m13.078s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

6

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

7

Sainz

Toro Rosso-Renault

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

10

Hamilton

Mercedes

11

Button

McLaren-Honda

12

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

13

Hulkenberg

Renault

14

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

15

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Renault

1m13.899s 

16

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

1m14.101s

17

Palmer

Renault

 

18

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

20

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m15.276s

 

Q2:

Hamilton was in obvious difficulties trying to get his car to go in the direction he was pointing the front wheels. It seemed like the balance between front and rear was awry. His last chance at the end was wrecked when yellow flags came out when Vandoorne planted his McLaren into the barrier on the exit of the swimming pool when he hit the barrier on the right too hard and broke his steering arm and suspension the same way Ocon had this morning.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m12.231s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

6

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

7

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

8

Sainz

Toro Rosso-Renault

9

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

10

Button

McLaren-Honda

1m13.453s

11

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Renault

1m13.516s

12

Hulkenberg

Renault

13

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

14

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m14.106s

15

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

1m20.529s

 

Q3:

Vandoorneís car was too badly damaged to run in this session.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m12.178s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

6

Sainz

Toro Rosso-Renault

7

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

8

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

9

Button

McLaren-Honda

1m13.613s

10

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

No time

 

GRID:

Assuming no further penalties are awarded the grid will beÖ

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Raikkonen

Ferrari

20

 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

19

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

18

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

17

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

16

6

Sainz

Toro Rosso-Renault

15

7

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

14

8

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

13

9

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Renault

12

10

Hulkenberg

Renault

11

11

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

10

12

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

9

Penalty

13

Hamilton

Mercedes

8

14

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

7

15

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

6

 

16

Palmer

Renault

5

 

17

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

4

 

18

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

3

 

19

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

2

20

Button

McLaren-Honda

1

Penalty

 

RACE:

      For a race with no overtaking, it wasnít too shabby. How they all got around St Devote (turn 1) without serious incident escapes me, but they did and Raikkonen and Vettel went of like scalded rabbits and were never threatened- except by each other!Raikkonen seemed to have the whole thing sewn up until he pitted to cover Botas and Ricciardo when they pitted, but it seems that, for once, staying out longer was the correct policy, which is what Vettel did. He got ahead of a rather disgruntled Raikkonen and stayed there to the end.I know itís really too early in the season to be declaring number one and number two drivers, even for Ferrari, but it did seem to be the right result for the championship.

      Button started from the pit lane (the team broke the parc ferme rules so thatís where he had to start from) and along with Wehrlein pitted at the end of lap one to change tyres. His stop was momentarily quicker than Wehrleinís but the mechanic released the Sauber driver too soon and Button had to lift off to avoid a collision.The Stewards donít like that sort of thing so awarded Wehrlein a 5-second penalty – which came to nothing when, much later in the race, Button, whoíd been stuck frustratingly behind the Sauber ever since, went for a gap at Portier that he maybe shouldnít have gone for. Wehrlein didnít see him and drove his right rear over Buttons left front, flipping himself into the barrier. Unfortunately the car went into the barrier on its side and trapped him in the cockpit.Good job there was no fire – although the marshals there are very close and would have got him out. Button damaged his front left suspension and retired a little further down the road. The safety car was deployed and that bunched the field up nicely for a sprint to the end. During the safety car period the lapped cars are permitted to overtake and unlap themselves to get them out of the way of any up-the-front battles and during this exercise Ericsson messed up and slid his car into the barrier at St Devote.

      Perez was doing well but he damaged his front wing and had to pit to replace it, which dropped him to 16th and governed the rest of his afternoon, which was pretty lousy, because he was fast but he couldnít pass anyone!

      The only other incident I thought noteworthy was Perez, probably as frustrated as Button had been, decided Kvyat was too slow so unceremoniously punted him out of the way to get past, causing his retirement.

      So, what happened to the Mercedes? Bottas was about as good as he was going to be around Monte Carlo, but Hamiltonís car was, according to the team, poorly set up and thus compromised throughout.Good therefore, to see the Red Bulls up there.

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

78

20

 

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

78

19

 

3

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

78

18

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

78

17

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

78

16

 

6

Sainz

Toro Rosso-Renault

78

15

 

7

Hamilton

Mercedes

78

14

 

8

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

78

13

 

9

Massa

Williams-Mercedes

78

12

 

10

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

78

11

 

11

Palmer

Renault

78

10

 

12

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

78

9

 

13

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

78

8

 

14

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

71

7

Brakes

15

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Renault

71

6

Accident Damage

16

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

66

5

Accident

17

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

63

4

Accident

18

Button

McLaren-Honda

57

3

Accident

19

Wehrlein

Sauber-Ferrari

57

2

Accident

20

Hulkenberg

Renault

15

1

Gearbox oil leak

 

 

 

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