Formula 1 – Monaco Grand Prix heats Championship Battle
Posted on May 14, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
The Grand Prix of Monaco is the most glamorous and prestigious among all the racing events in Formula 1 and on Thursday, May 13th the free practice sessions took place where Ferrari and Mercedes were the fastest of all. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso managed to write a below 15 seconds time (1’14.904) followed by Mercedes Nico Rosberg (1’15.013) and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel (1’15.099). The teams had their drivers running with full fuel loads in order to simulate racing conditions and the Italian and German teams seem that they have the advantage.
On the Monaco circuit, the qualifying session is very important as the track is extremely narrow with very few overtaking spots. The two first cars have the advantage on the race as they will have clear way in front of them for at least 12 laps – until they reach the slower cars. This is another issue as traditionally Monaco experiences many crashes as the track is unforgiving to driving or technical errors. The new teams will try to be more careful but this will force the drivers to go even slower causing an early traffic jam.
The second free practice results indicate that Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, Renault and McLaren joined by Force India’s Sutil will be in the same pace. Toro Rosso, Williams and Sauber managed to record similar times while Kovalainen in a Lotus was the fastest compared to the new teams. The qualifying session is scheduled for Saturday 12:00 GMT while the race on Sunday is on exact the same time. There is a slight chance for showers tomorrow something that might produce many yellow flags as the grip will be reduced.
The general feeling is that we are watching one of the most exciting championships of the recent years as the new points award system change the place in the standings race by race. Jenson Button in McLaren is leading the standings, followed by Fernando Alonso in Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel in Red Bull. In the constructors championship McLaren / Mercedes leads by 119 points, followed closely by Ferrari by 116 points while Red Bull is next by 113! More details regarding Formula 1 standings, drivers and circuits can be found here.
The results of the second Free Practice Session:
1 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1’14.904
2 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1’15.013
3 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1’15.099
4 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1’15.120
5 M Schumacher (GER) Mercedes 1’15.143
6 R Kubica (POL) Renault 1’15.192
7 LC Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 1’15.249
8 A Sutil (GER) Force India 1’15.460
9 J Button (GBR) McLaren 1’15.619
10 M Webber (AUS) Red Bull 1’15.620
11 V Petrov (RUS) Renault 1’15.746
12 S Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso 1’16.276
13 N Hülkenberg (GER) Williams 1’16.348
14 RG Barrichello (BRA) Williams 1’16.522
15 V Liuzzi (ITA) Force India 1’16.528
16 PM de la Rosa (ESP) BMW Sauber 1’16.599
17 K Kobayashi (JPN) BMW Sauber 1’16.818
18 J Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso 1’17.023
19 H Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus 1’18.184
20 L di Grassi (BRA) Virgin 1’18.478
21 J Trulli (ITA) Lotus 1’18.667
22 T Glock (GER) Virgin 1’18.721
23 K Chandhok (IND) HRT F1 1’20.313
24 B Senna (BRA) HRT F1 1’22.148
The Monaco Grand Prix (French: Grand Prix de Monaco) is a Formula One race held each year at Monte Carlo, Monaco on the Circuit de Monaco. The race has been running since 1929 and it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world, alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (informally known as the Triple Crown of Motorsport) as the circuit has been called “an exceptional location of glamour and prestige as every year during the Monaco Grand Prix international celebrities and high caliber personalities of the worldwide financial scene fly to Monaco to enjoy the race which goes around the Principauté de Monaco. The first race in 1929, was organised by Anthony Noghès under the auspices of the “Automobile Club de Monaco”, and was won by William Grover-Williams driving a Bugatti. The event was part of the pre-Second World War European Championship and was included in the first Formula One World Championship in 1950. Graham Hill was known as “Mr Monaco” due to his five Monaco wins in the 1960s. Brazil’s Ayrton Senna has won the race more times than any other driver, with six victories, winning five consecutively between 1989 and 1993. You may read more at the original source of information under Monaco Grand Prix on Wikipedia.
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