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May 27 2012

Formula One: Circuit de Monaco

Monaco is the preening face of Formula One which is the only reason it has survived practically unchanged while the other great courses have been warped almost beyond recognition.  It’s a short twisty funnel of doom where you start where you finish unless you park.

And by park I mean flaming chunks of twisted metal or mechanical failure.

The study of entrophy is hugely depressing-

The law that entropy always increases holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell’s equations – then so much the worse for Maxwell’s equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation – well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.

The thing about young people is that each slice of their existence represents such a large portion of the whole.  It takes close study or direct comparison to detect the decline.

Nothing is what it was and implosion is never far away.  We circle the drain.  The makeup is cracking and the surgeon repaired throat wattles…

Well, wattling.

But the point is the decaying facade of western civilization is on display today.

‘I think it’s time I was thinking of getting back to New York.  Let’s have a meal somewhere and I can phone the airline for plane times.  What day is it, we seem to have lost a weekend.  I need a drink.’

‘You need a lynching.  You’ve upset my friends and I haven’t written a goddamn word.  I’ve been too busy looking after you.  Your work here is done.  I can never come back here again.  This whole thing will probably finish me as a writer.  I have no story.’

‘Well I know we got a bit pissed and let things slip a bit but there’s lots of colour.  Lots happened.’

‘Holy Shit!  You scumbag!  This is Kentucky, not Skid Row.  I love these people.  They are my friends and you treated them like scum.’

Pretty tables to come.

Pretty tables done.

Starting Grid

Grid Driver Team Q-Time Q-Laps
1 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:14.381 19
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:14.448 21
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.583 20
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:14.639 27
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.948 22
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:14.301 22
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.049 19
8 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:15.199 28
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault No time 24
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.421 17
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.508 19
12 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.536 18
13 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:15.709 20
14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.718 14
15 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:15.878 19
16 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:16.885 14
17 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:16.538 13
18 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:17.404 13
19 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:15.245 22
20 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.947 11
21 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:18.096 11
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:18.476 12
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:19.310 8
24 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari No time 2

Driver Standings

Rank Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 61
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 61
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 53
4 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 49
5 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 48
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 45
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 41
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 35
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 29
10 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 22
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 19
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 15
13 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 14
14 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 4
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 3
16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 2
17 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2
18 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 2

Constructor Standings

Rank Team Points
1 Red Bull Racing-Renault 109
2 McLaren-Mercedes 98
3 Lotus-Renault 84
4 Ferrari 63
5 Mercedes 43
6 Williams-Renault 43
7 Sauber-Ferrari 41
8 Force India-Mercedes 18
9 STR-Ferrari 6

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  1. ek hornbeck
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  3. ek hornbeck

    Comparing it to Apollo 13.

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  6. ek hornbeck

    Perfection (might rain).

    Familiar faces.

  7. ek hornbeck
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  12. ek hornbeck

    Webber

    Rosberg

    Hamilton

    Alonso

    Massa

    Vettel

    Raikkonen

    Schumacher

    Hulkenberg

    Senna

    de la Rosa

    Maldonado

    Grojean out

    Petrov in the pits.

    Boom.

  13. ek hornbeck
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  15. ek hornbeck

    Webber

    Rosberg

    Hamilton

    Alonso

    Massa

    Vettel

    Raikkonen

    Schumacher

    Hulkenberg

    Senna

  16. ek hornbeck
  17. ek hornbeck

    Webber

    Rosberg

    Hamilton

    Alonso

    Massa

    Vettel

    Raikkonen

    Schumacher

    Hulkenberg

    Senna

  18. ek hornbeck

    Damage.

    I imagine it in French- Da Maage!

  19. ek hornbeck
  20. ek hornbeck

    Webber

    Rosberg

    Hamilton

    Alonso

    Massa

    Vettel

    Raikkonen

    Schumacher

    Hulkenberg

    Senna

  21. ek hornbeck
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  23. ek hornbeck

    Or not.

    Vettel on Inters.

  24. ek hornbeck

    Vettel

    Webber

    Rosberg

    Alonso

    Hamilton

    Massa

    Schumacher

    Vergne

    di Resta

    Hulkenberg

  25. ek hornbeck

    Rain?  What Rain?

  26. TMC

    But Mark Weber did win driving for Red Bull followed by just six tenths of a second by Nico Rosberg in a Mercedes and 0.9 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari.  

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