The Monaco Grand Prix can produce processional racing—that’s because it is the shortest track on the calendar and the tightest as well. Regardless, the sheer idea of driving these Formula1 cars in the streets of Monaco is as exciting to me today as it was back in 1972 and it most likely will be that way until I am finally finished with F1.
The 2015 Monaco Grand Prix wasn’t a rain-soaked event nor was there prolific passing—there usually isn’t. It was, however, an interesting race nonetheless with some terrific drives from Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo. Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and Sergio Perez just to name a few.
In the end, Nico Rosberg won his third-straight Monaco Grand Prix and did so at the expense of Lewis Hamilton who looked set for a comfortable win thanks to dodgy team strategy.
Clearly Nico Rosberg gets a win this weekend both figuratively and literally. A terrible pit calculation that called Lewis Hamilton in from the lead with a handful of laps remaining left the door wide open for Rosberg to win his third Monaco Grand Prix in succession and places him among rare air with names such as Sir Jackie Stewart with three wins.
Another win for Sebastian Vettel for holding off a charging Lewis Hamilton on fresh super-soft tires to secure a second place was making the most of the gift Mercedes handed him but you have to be there to take the prize and he did a nice job of it.
For me, a big win is afforded to Sergio Perez for taking a B-spec 2014 car to 7th place as well as Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen who all ran in the top-10 and gained much-needed points.
The day could also be viewed as a win for Red Bull with a 4th and 5th for Kvyat and Ricciardo respectively on a track that relied more on Adrian Newey’s aero magic than on Renault shove at the back of the car.
A big win for Jenson Button for giving McLaren their first points of the season in a well-deserved 8th and for finding the pace to be competitive in the streets of Monaco.
Lewis Hamilton suffered a serious fail when he led comfortably and looked poised for his second Monaco win only to have his race scuttled by his own team’s strategy. It’s not ridiculous that Lewis would trust his team implicitly but what was ridiculous is that his team, chalked full of engineering and strategy geniuses, didn’t trust that Lewis could keep all comers behind him on the streets of Monaco regardless of what tires they fitted.
A fail for penalties for Alonso and Verstappen as attempts to pass at Monaco shouldn’t be punished. Keep punishing drivers for the slightest passing attempt that doesn’t quite work and you’ll only prevent future attempts.
Lotus suffered a fail when Pasto Maldonado’s brakes failed. The Venezuelan was running very well only to have his car retire or brake issues. This hurt all the more as Grosjean only managed 12th after the Verstappen collision.
A fail for McLaren for having issues yet again for Fernando Alonso with gearbox and electrical failures.
A big WTH for Mercedes strategists for completely screwing Lewis Hamilton out of a win given that sacrificing track position may work on big circuits and several laps to go but at Monaco with 10 laps, that just doesn’t work.
Another WTH moment for Williams who managed to beat Marussia and that’s about it. The only team they beat was a team who spent most of the race getting out of the way of other cars. That’s just sad.