So I took longer than usual to post the details about this race… I know usually I do it in 10-20 mi9n after the race… but today I had to go to work, and as I came back home the race was on and we had to have lunch while watching the race as I have been on empty stomach all day…
So this is the race that makes Barrichello the pilot with biggest number of grand prixes in the F1’s all time!!
Another highlight was this race is 200th race for Fisichella…
As always Monaco is the most amazing race… non stop action and accidents… but that is Monaco and that is why we love watching that race every year!
So race details… circuit length is 3.340 km, which will have 78 laps so covering distance of 260.520 km… the lap record is held my Michael Schumacher in 2004 with 1:14.439
It was raining before the race started and it was expected for the rain to continue for a while and so it did…
In the warm up lap or the formation lap… Kovalainen was stuck on the grid and got pushed into the pit… and that was where he started from.
Lap 1; Hamilton takes Räikkönen over from take off! He was second right behind Massa. And Rosberg tapped Alonso, but both continue.
Lap2; Button pits because of his ran into Heidfeld. And joins the race in last place.
Lap 3; Very wet roads and seems Massa is still going to keep his lead.
Lap 4; Rosberg pits and get a new nose because of the touch with Alonso in first lap.
Lap 5; Massa sets a new fastest lap and his lead keeps getting further away from the rest of the pilots. And Glock pits for a new nose as hi did a spin in the last corner and lost the nose. And the rain was just getting harder… and pilots will start pitting for extreme wet tyres.
Lap6; Hamilton hits lightly the barrier and get punctured because of that and pits.
Lap 7; we see Kubica pushing Räikkönen to try to take P2.
Lap 8; the pace was slowing down… seemed that the pilots truly were in need of the extreme wet set of tyres… and we see Bourdais taking over Sutil for P12. and Alonso get a rear puncture, and Coulthard lost the control and ran right to the barriers aright after him Bourdais lose it too and runs into Coulthard’s back and both cars badly damaged and waiting for lift up. And safety car is out…
Lap 9; Alonso pits… and a replay of Coulthard and Bourdais’s collision was played.
Lap 10; safety car is back in and racing is back…
Lap 11; Räikkönen gets a drive through penalty for not having his tyres fitted the required 3mins before the start… that ruins the race for my ice man…
Lap12; We hear that the weather will be improving and the rain might even stop. Alonso passes Webber, as seems his extreme wet set are helping him a lot.
Lap13; Räikkönen takes his drive-through penalty and rejoins P4 behind Hamilton.
Lap 14; Alonso hits Heidfeld and the spin on my favorite corner of Monaco. They continue though right away.
Lap 15; Alonso pits, Massa loses control and spins to get back in track right after Kubica has taken him over.
Lap 17; Kubica leads with over 2s over Massa. Webber passes Heidfeld for P5 and Sutil passes him too… seems Heidfeld is having a problem.
Lap 18; Heidfeld pits and rejoins in P11. Rain stopped but the track is so wet. Kubica sets a new fastest lap.
Lap 19; seemed Heidfeld had a rear puncture and that’s why he was slow before his pit in the previous lap!!
Lap 20; Massa sets a fastest lap and Rosberg is flying and is the fastest in S1 and S2.
Lap 22; Sutil proving himself today… from P18 he is in P6… amazing driving for Sutil…
Lap 23; we see dry land at last… Not much but just a hint… Kovalainen and Piquet’s fight for P11…
Lap24; Kubica and Massa trading fastest laps… and as Piquet locks up for the Mirabeau Kovalainen takes him over and so does Vettel.
Lap 26; Kubica pits from the lead and stays on standard wet set of tyres… and rejoins in P4 behind Räikkönen, but seems Räikkönen has a front damaged wing..
Lap28; Räikkönen pits and changes the broken nose, keeps the on set of wet tyres. After 16s pit rejoins in P6. Keeps me wondering if he’ll be a one stopper.
Lap 31; I hear from Trulli’s radio telling him to try to keep the tyres. And we see Webber sets the fastest lap with 1:30.096.
Lap 32; Hamilton gets fastest lap, just for Webber to take it from him and Massa comes to take it from them both…
Lap 33; Ferrari ready for Massa to pit, stays with wet set, and after 11s stop rejoins a head of Kubica.
Lap 34; Webber sets fastest lap… but not for long…
Lap 35; Hamilton who is leading the race takes the fastest lap to himself with 1:29.420. and Kovalainen pits and rejoins in P15.
Lap 37; Sutil steals the fastest lap to himself with 1:29.055. while Hamilton leads after him comes Massa and Kubica.
Lap 38; Trulli pits and Hamilton sets the fastest lap. Trulli change the extreme wet set to standard as every one else been doing.
Lap 39; Glock spins but continues even with the damage he got to his rear wing. Fisichella who seem he was just in to pit retires from his 200th grand prix. I was very sad for that.
Lap 40; Glock pits… and Hamilton sets another fastest lap.
Lap 41; Barrichello sets the fastest lap… 1:27.168.
Lap 42; me and my husband arguing about Hamilton’s plan with the pit! But at least we were agreeing on one thing… Hamilton will need to stop, while Massa and Kubica might not!!!
Lap 46; Renault seems ready for a stop, and rain is expected in six minutes… strangely Alonso stops and changes to dry set even with the expected rain.
Lap 47; Rosberg takes over piquet in the tunnel… I get always excited with takeovers in that tunnel!
Lap 48; Piquet pits and takes dry harder set if tyres. And Alonso almost loses control with the new dry set he has on! And Rosberg took hold of the fastest lap.
Lap 49; And as Stelios was expecting piquet lost control with the dry set that was forced on him… and was out of the race… I think Renault needs to get their heads checked for this decision that was made and as a result lost a pilot off the race!
Lap 51; Button pits, followed by Glock and Kovalainen.
Lap 54; shows Glock’s spin which was his third for today… Alonso is with the fastest lap… and Räikkönen passes Sutil.
Lap 55; Trulli pits, Barrichello pits and Rosberg too. A replay for button’s spinning.
Lap56; Ferrari ready for a stop.
Lap57; Massa pits and rejoins right behind Kubica.
Lap 58; Kovalainen sets an amazing new fastest lap 1:20.801. and Räikkönen pits and gets softer tyres.
Lap 62; a huge accident or shunt for Rosberg… I was really glad to know he got out safely and un hurt… oils on the ground everywhere and marshals lifting up the remaining for the car… yellow flag and that meant Kubica and Massa will get close to Hamilton.
Lap 63; Heidfeld pits… but is the pit lane open??
Lap67; safety car is out…. And the racing starts again….
Lap 68; Räikkönen hits Sutil and get big damage!!! What a horrible mistake don’t by my ice man… so Sutil and Räikkönen end up in pit… Sutil retires… so sad for Sutil… force India wad almost there… in first 5… so sad!!!
Lap 71; shows Sutil crying… my god I feel I need to cry with him… I really feel like giving him a long hug! Räikkönen sets fastest lap in the mean while I’m still feeling bad for Sutil.
Lap 72; the Finns will me fighting for the P8… both breaking each other’s fastest laps one after another…
Lap 73; the commenter reminds me that Barrichello will be getting his first point since 2006..
Lap 75; Räikkönen flying and keeps the fastest lap with 1:16.689.
Last lap as the time ends for the 2 hour race… Hamilton is fist, Kubica in P2 and Massa in 3… Räikkönen is in P9 with no point for today.
Amazing race full of action… Next race will be in two weeks… how can I last that long?? 😛