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May 26 2013

Formula One 2013: Circuit de Monaco

Monaco is the oldest, slowest, and shortest track in Formula One.  The only things that keep it going are greed and tradition.  The drivers hate it because there are no opportunities to pass and plenty of chances to crash.  In fact, about the only time the lead changes is when there’s an accident or on pit stops.

Speaking of, the sole reason to pit now is to change tires and Pirelli is sending them out on the two compounds most prone to failure- Softs and Super Softs.

And by fail I mean huge chunks of rubber lifting off like Semi re-treads littering the sides of the road with the same danger to following traffic while the driver cruises on oblivious because the stress is on the rears which he can’t see and the steel belted core remains intact and pressurized.

There’s a reason they prefer Mediums.

Other than dodging the debris and avoiding the walls there’s not a lot to it.  Because the Mercedes are notably harder on the rubber than the Red Bulls (especially the rears) it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that tomorrow we’ll be reading about their “surprise” victory.  Alonso (the most resourceful driver in contemporary Formula One and who is only starting 6th) says accurately he has no chance for victory.

And so we’re reduced to debating whether Raikkonen’s tribute to James Hunt (an obvious movie plug) is the equivalent of Vettel’s obscene naked bikini girl.

Perhaps it deserves to die.

Pretty tables below.

Laps are no indication of anything except engine wear this time.  Most of Qualifying was done on Inters, essentially ‘free’ tires.

Chilton gets a gearbox penalty which relegates him to last place in the grid.  Bianchi replaced his engine with a used unit.  It’s all fucking meaningless, they Qualified at the back and they’ll start there.

Starting Grid

Grid Driver Team Q-Time Q-Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:13.876 31
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.967 31
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 11:13.980 29
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:14.181 30
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:14.822 31
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.824 32
7 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.138 31
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:15.383 29
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.647 29
10 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:15.703 29
11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.331 22
12 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:18.344 23
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:18.603 13
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:19.077 22
15 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:19.408 21
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:21.688 22
17 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:26.322 14
18 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:26.633 13
19 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.917 12
20 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.303 13
DNQ Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth No time 1
DNQ Felipe Massa Ferrari No time 0

Driver Standings

Rank Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 89
2 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 85
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 72
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 50
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 45
6 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 42
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 26
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 26
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 22
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 17
11 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 12
12 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 7
13 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 6
14 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 5
15 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1

Constructor Standings

Rank Team Points
1 Red Bull Racing-Renault 131
2 Ferrari 117
3 Lotus-Renault 111
4 Mercedes 72
5 Force India-Mercedes 32
6 McLaren-Mercedes 29
7 STR-Ferrari 8
8 Sauber-Ferrari 5

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  1. ek hornbeck
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    The Rush promo.

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    His car is failing.  He is done.

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    Rosberg

    Hamilton

    Vettel

    Webber

    Raikkonen

    Alsonso

    Perez

    Button

    Sutil

    Vergne

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    Somebody tell them they’re team mates.

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    Done.

    Right in the pit entry.

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    Rosberg

    Hamilton

    Vettel

    Webber

    Raikkonen

    Alonso

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    Rosberg

    Hamilton

    Vettel

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    Raikkonen

    Alonso

    Button

    Perez

    Sutil

    Vergne

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    So they can go longer.

    Maybe.

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    Rosberg

    Hamilton

    Vettel

    Raikkonen

    Alonso

    Button

    Perez

    Sutil

    Vergne

    Hulkenberg

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    Rosberg

    Vettel

    Webber

    Hamilton

    Raikkonen

    Alonso

    Button

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    Rosberg

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    Webber

    Hamilton

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    Alonso

    Button

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    Rosberg

    Vettel

    Webber

    Hamilton

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    Alonso

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    Rosberg

    Vettel

    Webber

    Hamilton

    Raikkonen

    Alonso

    Perez

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    All wings fixed.

    Anything ‘that does not impede the race’.

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    Lap 45 of 78

    Rosberg

    Vettel

    Webber

    Hamilton

    Raikkonen

    Perez

    Sutil

    Alonso

    Button

    Vergne

    di Rsta

    Hulkenberg

    Ricciardo

    Grosjean

    Bottas

    Gutierez

    Chiltont

    Vander Garde

    Bianchi

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    Rosberg

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    Hamilton

    Raikkonen

    Perez

    Alonso

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    Rosberg

    Vettel

    Webber

    Hamilton

    Rakkonen

    Perez

    Alonso

    Button

    Vergne

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    Rsberg

    Vettel

    Webber

    Hamilton

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    Perez

    Sutil

    Alonso

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    Rosberg

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    Webber

    Hamilton

    Perez

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    Alonso

    Vergne

    di Resta

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    Rosberg

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    Webber

    Hamilton

    Sutil

    Button

    Alonso

    Vergne

    di Resta

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    Rosberg

    Vettel

    Webber

    Hamilton

    Sutil

    Button

    Alonso

    Vergne

    di Resta

    Raikkonen

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