One in the Eye for Hamilton at Monte Carlo
As the fascinating duel between the two Mercedes drivers builds up the excitement for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, blogger Kerri Meyerhoff sent us this review of the thrills and spills of Monaco GP.
“I have the speed!” Lewis Hamilton’s parting words to the BBC as he left Monaco clutching second place and his winning prediction for the next race in Canada.
After an action-packed and controversial qualifying session, the Grand Prix at Monaco 2014 exploded into a dramatic and thrilling event.
Amid suspicion and media speculation that Rosberg deliberately aborted his final qualifying lap, causing a yellow flag caution to thwart the flying Hamilton’s attempts to qualify on pole, Mercedes’ two star drivers continued to dominate.
Extending the Silver Arrows’ winning streak, the superior cars did their job as they sped through the tight street circuit and into first and second place on the track.
Rosberg was the star of the show, successfully leading every single lap, and then winning for the second time in a row, a feat not achieved by any driver since Ayrton Senna in the early 90’s.
Lewis Hamilton, despite being unhappy with the result of qualifying, ran a fantastic race, and held off the hard charging Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull who found grip from his tyres right to the finishing lap, the cars crossing the line within a few tenths of each other.
At the other end of the table, Marussia, the Oxfordshire based team, which only entered Formula One in 2010, for the first time scored world championship points – Jules Bianchi, a local lad from Nice, not far from the Monte Carlo circuit, clinched 9th place and made history for his team.
Looking Forward to Canada
So, will the next race in Canada be able to follow up on this fantastic event? Chances are good that it will. On the fringes of the race, Marussia will be looking to capitalise on their success and score again, hoping to take a step towards challenging the Saubers, while Caterham will be eager to prove their mettle against their rivals.
And at the top, Hamilton’s reaction to the qualifying result has stoked up even more the rivalry between himself and Rosberg, which should prove for an even hotter race between the two top drivers as Lewis looks to get back on top.
Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel, frustrated and bemused by his mechanical gremlins, and pride dented by his teammate’s strong performance, will be keen to make his mark, and Ferrari with an all-star driver line up and under new management are promising upgrades for Canada that may well see a resurgence of the Italian giants of the sport.
For both ends of the table, Canada looks to be a very exciting race and making the battle of the Silver Arrows at Silverstone an even more alluring prospect.
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