Race Six: Monaco

If you saw it, then it didn’t come as much of a surprise. Once again it was Jenson Button claiming victory in a Brawn Mercedes. His performance was Schumacher-esque in it’s dominance of the entire field. On the historic streets of Monte Carlo, he came out on top of Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Raikkonen.

            In actuality, the race in Monaco is probably one of the more boring affairs. If it doesn’t rain and there are no accidents, it just becomes a very expensive parade lap with boats and celebrities looking on. From the start, Button led away while Barrichello took second place from Raikkonen. The end. The rest of the field made their passes in the pits and some took a chance or two, but up front there wasn’t much action.

            This is the main reason that I advocate wet races. If this race track were wet it would be one of the most spectacular racing venues in the world. The reason for this is that the public streets that they race on would become filled with oil and rubber and all kinds of greasy substances that normal road cars lay down day after day after day and the track itself wouldn’t rubber in. There would be very little grip with a wet track, and that equals more action. The most recent example would be last year when Lewis Hamilton damaged his car in the rain and still went around to claim victory. Much more exciting racing action always happens in the rain because people are more willing to try maneuvers that would otherwise get them in a lot of trouble (even though it usually ends with more trouble than ever).

            So how did I do with my predictions? I came close. I had Barrichello, Button then Massa and it turned out to be a Brawn one-two, but in reverse. And my third place was a Ferrari, just the wrong one. Overall, I would say that I am pleased with my predictions as Felipe Massa came in fourth and missed the bottom step of the podium to his teammate.

            This week also heralds a big deadline for the teams. On Friday, the teams are supposed to have lodged their paperwork to be included in the championship for next year. So far, a couple of small teams have filed as well as Williams. It remains to be seen what will happen next, but you can rest assured that it will be very politically motivated. The next race is in Turkey in two weeks time at a track that Felipe Massa has absolutely dominated the last couple of years. Can he repeat again? Probably not, but if Ferrari are fast enough to fight for more podiums, the racing may turn out to be more exciting.


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