Weather forecasts aren’t predicting the ideal conditions for a Bloody Mary out at breeze on the fancy yachts, this weekend in Monaco: with low chances of rain on Sunday, this years’ Grand Prix may turn out to be like a multiple affair until the chequered flag; the 1984 and 1997 hurricanes may stay far away from the Cote d’Azur, but it won’t probably secure two hours without suspense.
Aficionados should remember the 2012 edition of the “living room” GP: the old good Mark Webber led the winning couch of a 5 cars train after the classic 78 tours; the ideal polesitter was the evergreen Schumacher with a maiden lap smashed in front of a grid of youngsters: “Der Kaiser” will start from 6th, result of having hit Bruno Senna at the previous Spanish event. The inherited was the Red Bull’s Aussie, confirming the theory that lying behind the first slot can take out a mortgage on the circuit’s stylized trophy. Big moment for Pérez who shows how the Swimming Pool section is vital in putting together the hot lap time: he parks his Sauber right after the second chicane, red flagging the Q1.
Lights out and immediately Romain Grosjean is caught in one of his (in)famous first-corner-crash, being squeezed between Schumacher and Fernando Alonso: luckily parking his Lotus-Renault right in front of S. Devote’s kerb may have avoid the typical carnage of Principality starts. Three laps behind Bernd Maylander’s AMG and the restart gives little opportunities of show: no one is brave enough to hazard ARMCO kisses with cold tyres.
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Strategy previsions where giving one pit stop (SuperSoft-Soft) the perfect candidate for lasting with dignity over the race distance: the first to break the ice is Nico Rosberg followed by Webber, Hamilton, Räikkönen, Hülkenberg and Senna. No climbs up to the front positions are seen with everyone’s nose towards sky for spotting the first rainy clouds: the conservative race management and micro aerodynamics have already hit the Circus, making overtaking even more difficult than ever before.
Drama starts at the 64th lap when light spitting rain begin to pour down: with just fifteen laps to the chequered flag pit wall teams start fuzzling their minds on the tactics to adopt for their drivers. First pitter, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne choosing an intermediate set of Pirelli: he will be the one and only to put his hopes all-in on the green Cinturato colour.
Webber, Rosberg, Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton and Massa ignite a parade being just 3 seconds that separates the first from the sixth. Commentators begin to shout, while fans prepare cameras counting section after section the fireworks inception. When cars have only three more passages in front of the Prince tribune, Jupiter decides to close the tap: six drivers (within three multiple World Champions), four different teams, ten kilometres of race left on the Course dans la cité. The magic potion is served.
Caution, fear, team orders, grip conditions? What has been the cause of letting Mark jumping backflip into the Energy Station swimming pool? Apparently all of them; Fernando and Sebastian were playing for the championship lead (same points between the Spaniard and the German at the end of the Monegasque weekend); the Australian, “Multi 21” after Malaysian round, came from a DNF at Barcelona; Lewis and Nico were in a desperate search of points: in a season where the Brit only on half of the rounds was able to score a two-digit number and where Keke’s son made his second-best result after Shanghai win.So, get ready for the most glamorous weekend of the year; but before wager all your fiches on the runner-ups, keep an eye on the sky!