Monaco Practice

Well, everyone has been racing around Monaco today and, much like when I visited the tiny jewel on the coast, it rained a little bit. But a few drops of rain does not deter the Formula One circus from moving forward. The fastest person through the first two sessions so far has been the Spaniard and Ferrari driver, Fernando Alonso. He has been quickest in both the first and second practice sessions, though the second session was blunted a bit by the onset of rain late in the session, just when the track starts to come to life.

But of course, practice times are not all that relevant to the race pace of the vehicles. However, it does appear that Alonso is going to be trying quite hard to master this track and score a victory here for the Tifosi. But, as always, the Red Bulls are looking very good, while Nico Rosberg is back up near the top because the team has brought the short wheelbase car to Monaco to cope with the twisty streets and the car seems to suit him much better than does the longer wheelbase one that Schumacher prefers. Only time will tell what will happen, but look for some big action in the Ste Devote corner after the start. Typically, whoever gets through there clean can make it to the end, and you certainly will want to be up front for that run down there. The streets close up extremely fast when there are 24 cars jostling for position at 150 mph!

Tomorrow is a quiet day in the principality, but I will still go with my picks tomorrow. Today though, I will relink to my tour of the track, which was previously posted, but is a perfect reprieve for this weekend. And for those who don’t want to click the link to read all about it, I will post the pictures I took from there right here as well. Click here for my Monaco trip and track walk.

Start/Finish

Start/Finish Looking Toward Ste Devote

Steeply Up Beau Rivage

Steeply Up Beau Rivage

The Casino Square

The Casino Square

Grand Hotel Hairpin

Grand Hotel Hairpin

Out of Portier and Into The Tunnel

Out of Portier and Into The Tunnel

Piscine (Swimming Pool)

Piscine (Swimming Pool)

Rascasse

Rascasse

Antony Noghes

Antony Noghes

The clickable link for my Monaco trip includes more pictures of the places, cars and boats of Monaco. Please check it out to see more of the principality.

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