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May 26 2012

Formula One: Circuit de Monaco Qualifying

Ah Monaco.

The ships, the lights, the sounds, the money.  Everything Formula One is about except, of course, competition.

Not that Formula One is usually about competition.

This year is a shiny abberation but you can’t learn much at Monaco.  It’s old and slow and there’s no place to pass or park which makes it a perfect yellow flag companion to the turn left Brick Yard and the stomping ground of Scuderia Marlboro which is all show and no go.  You want action?  Rent Grand Prix (I understand Eva Marie Saint is hot in her torpedo bra).

Shall I seem cynical?  Perhaps, but the truth is that I didn’t even bother watching practice where teams are testing fiddly aero bits they’ll never use again in search of extra downforce which will allow them to drive on the top of the tunnel like Men in Black.

Iconic.  That’s the word I’m looking for.  One “R” away from a trip through the dryer though waving steamy hot metal over your pleats and creases is so satisfyingly mindless.

How the Ecclestone and the mighty have fallen.  Live broadcast tomorrow @ 7:30 am on Speed (GP2 @ 6 am).

Oh, surprises below.

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  1. ek hornbeck
  2. ek hornbeck

    Another trick opening.

  3. ek hornbeck
  4. ek hornbeck

    Bumper Cars with Perez.

  5. ek hornbeck

    You expected something else?

  6. ek hornbeck

    And parked.

  7. ek hornbeck
  8. TMC

    No TV right now, having breakfast at the Marina & people watching, so I’ll catch the commentary here.

  9. ek hornbeck

    Kovelainen!

    Petrov!

    Glock!

    de la Rosa!

    Pic

    Karthekeyan

    Perez

  10. ek hornbeck
  11. ek hornbeck

    Most likely parked.

  12. ek hornbeck

    Hulkenberg

    Kobayashi

    Button!

    Senna

    di Resta

    Ricciardo

    Vergne

  13. ek hornbeck
  14. ek hornbeck
  15. ek hornbeck

    Schumacher

    Webber

    Rosberg

    Hamilton

    Grosjean

    Alonso

    Massa

    Raikkonen

    Maldonado

    Vettel!

  16. ek hornbeck

    I’ve got a ton of decoding to do to reflect the penalties.

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