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Rogues Review: Monaco 2011

The Monaco Grand Prix, or should it be renamed to the Hamilton Grand Prix, was one of the best of the year (is it rarely otherwise?) so far.

Qualifying was, in effect, stopped early with the heavy crash of Perez. In a similar crash to Rosberg (and Coulthard in 2008), Perez lost it on the downhill after the tunnel. The session was red flagged and did not resume with any real anger.

Monaco, Photo © Team Lotus and Owner

Hamilton marred the race somewhat with not only on track action but off track whining to level not yet seen this season. On track he was showing the characteristics of any F1 driver that we love, an aggression that pushes them to exceed the boundaries, but Hamilton forgot that the boundaries at Monaco are much closer that at most other races. After the first penalty he should have learnt, but Hamilton also saw fit to push Maldonado off the track which ended Maldonado’s race; a 20 second penalty was, in the light of Maldonado’s fate, somewhat getting away with it.

After the race, Hamilton would launch into a searing attack against anyone and everyone. He had to apologize to the stewards for his remarks and on twitter to Massa and Maldonado. Now we might be getting old but calling them would have been better and twitter is not the place.

There was of course the usual series of offs and nose crunching incidents with two safety cars, once for Massa and the second for the multiple car pile up in the swimming pool area at the end of the race. This incident eventually ended in a red flag so that Petrov could be removed from his crashed Renault after complaining about loss of sensation in his legs.

In our rogue league, Hamilton ran away with scoring points all over the weekend. F1rogues deemed the Safety Car and subsequent Red flag as caused by Hamilton and the points have been awarded accordingly. So we are clear, we pondered who should get the blame, but F1Rogues does make distinction between a crash and a multiple car crash. In the latter we attribute blame to the driver that started the chain reaction and that was Hamilton. Sutil, who was the trigger point had crashed in Tabac (two corners earlier) and was awarded points accordingly, Hamilton reacted to him in the swimming pool area (knowing he had the pack (and leaders) following him) and braked heavily; this caused Alguersuari to hit Hamilton and Petrov to hit Alguersuari. The fact that Hamilton did not even mention Alguersuari, Petrov or Sutil in his post race rant, might mean he thinks the same way.

What’s hot and what’s not in the race
a bit crap really…
On the up
Good job!
Tyre Master
Not the best day out to the seaside Ferrari are making progress



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