F1 2018 Monaco – Has Max Lost his cool?

What a weekend we have had already.

The Monaco F1 grand Prix is the most prestigious race on the calendar. It has the glitz , the glamour and the unpredictability.

Daniel Ricciardo looks unstoppable after a very impressive Pole lap yesterday around Monaco. No matter what Sebastian Vettel or Lewis Hamilton did, they could not get close to the smiling Aussie.

This is great for the championship. For this championship to get more exciting we need a Vettel to finish ahead of Lewis, preferably by as many positions as possible. I say this for the championship, not for preference.

Before I talk about Max, let’s look at Monaco. It is 30 years since that meteoric lap by Ayrton Senna during  qualifying in 1988. Do you remember it? He qualified 1.4 seconds ahead of his Team mate Alain Prost. Some say it is the great quail lap ever. It was epic. He went around Monaco in 1.23.9 seconds. Mental! Consider this; with very little change, Daniel Ricciardo clocked 1.10.8 . That’s 13 seconds quicker….within 6 laps, Danni Ric would pass Senna.  This is Formula 1

Ok, so Max…6 out of 6. This kid is great but wow, this cannot continue. He crashed after FP3 yesterday on his slow down lap. So much damage to the car,that his crew could not fix it. Sorry to say but he is the new Pastor Maldonado.  Even his bosses at Red Bull are getting annoyed. And what does he do today? Drive like crazy to prove he is good or drive to ensure he doesn’t crash? Here is the video

Qualifying 2018 Monaco

1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m10.810s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.039s 0.229s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.232s 0.422s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m11.266s 0.456s
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m11.441s 0.631s
6 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m12.061s 1.251s
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m12.110s 1.300s
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m12.130s 1.320s
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m12.154s 1.344s
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m12.221s 1.411s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m12.411s
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m12.440s
13 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m12.521s
14 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m12.714s
15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.179s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.265s
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m13.323s
18 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m12.728s
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m13.393s
20 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault

What a lap from Ocon . The Force India team look well suited in Monaco and some much needed points might be on the card.

Here is the major conundrum….. what tyres will work best. For the first time this season we have the Hypersoft Tyres. How they come up with these names is beyond me. Anywa, these tyres are Hyper Fast and are at least 1 second a lap quicker that the Ultra Soft tyres.. But how long will they last. The top 10 drivers will start on them. What will the rest of the first start on, and what selection do they have left. Here is what each driver arrived with in Monaco.

Pirelli, Monaco, 2018

Monaco, Lap, Tyres

Now, Mercedes drivers Botta and Hamilton went into Q2 on the Ultra Soft tyres hoping and believing that they would be able to get through to Q3 on those compound tyres and thus starting the race on a longer lasting tyre. It did not work out as they were not quick enough which means those US are no longer brand new and it might affect their performance. The one advantage they do have is that they are naturally quick and overtaking in Monaco is notoriously difficult. We wait in anticipation.

Harry Potter was impressive yet again for the Alfa Romeo Sauber team with a credible 14th Position. Of course, I am speaking about Charles Le Clerc. He is the first Monagasque to race in F1 since 1950. It is also 38 years since Alfa Romeo was represented in Monaco.

Alfa Romeo, 38 Years

Who will win…. i think Sebastian Vettel…. I might be very wrong

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