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Posted on 05/26/2011 4:02:06 PM PDT by Chode
2011 MONACO GRAND PRIX - Live Thread
Venue: Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
Date: Sunday 29 May
Lap length: 2.075 miles
Race laps: 75
2010 winner: Mark Webber (Red Bull)
First grand prix: 1929
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Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone hopes the FIA will put the Bahrain Grand Prix back on the calendar at its crunch meeting next week, despite fears by teams that the extended 2011 schedule may lead to burn out. The date is set for 30 October, if the FIA confirms it. Full story: Autosport
Lewis Hamilton believes he is the only driver capable of challenging Sebastian Vettel as he targets a 50-point haul over the next two races. Full story: Press Association
Hispania boss Colin Kolles has ruled out a protest at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix over the use of off-throttle blown diffusers, with the FIA having promised him that it was looking into the matter. Full story: Autosport
Formula 1 drivers have backed FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting's decision to ban the use of the drag-reduction system (DRS) in the tunnel during the Monaco GP this weekend.
Full story: autosport
Red Bull have revised their pitstop procedures ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, after rival Ferrari shadowed its moves in Spain last weekend. Full story: Autosport
Michael Schumacher had an interesting response when told that Lewis Hamilton felt he interfered in the lead battle in Spain by letting Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel through and making life hard for the McLaren driver. "I don't recall it," he said.
Full story: Adam Cooper's blog
******************* Second Practice
|9||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:17.101||1.978||46|
|20||15||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:19.053||3.930||15|
|24||23||Vitantonio Liuzzi||HRT-Cosworth||No time||0|
Never actually got to see it live because my office was on the start finish line and there was no way to work with the time trials on Thurs/Fri. Plus the boss would rent out the offices to rich (stupid) Germans for an outragous price.
Lot of hot, half-naked chicks on very expensive boats though. The race itself is boring because there are only two places to pass.
Go Fred! That will make the race interesting at least...........
“Lot of hot, half-naked chicks on very expensive boats though. The race itself is boring because there are only two places to pass.”
So there is balance: ...the chicks make up for the boring race.
Of course Canada maybe very interesting!
i haven't been to the Canadian race since they snubbed us in Iraq... maybe next year
I’m a little cynical just because I’ve seen what goes on in Internationl (read “European”) sports and can’t really get excited about it. But yes. Boring race. Hot euro-trash (although the Aussie and New Zealand chicks were the hottest) chicks basically prostituting themselves to rich yacht owners.
The Monaco Grand Prix is the only F1 race that routinely gets stopped because of the time limit (two hours) and not because someone actually finishes the course simply because it is sooooo sloooooow. (average speed 90 kmh = 60 mph).
We actually set up the offices for the Germans. There are really only two places (from the start/finish line - 8th floor) where you can see the cars: Blvd Albert 1er (start/finish) and Quai Albert 1er (around the swimming pool).
So the Germans would pay big bucks to watch the start of the race and then watch the rest on TV.
There is nowhere in Monaco where you can actually see the entire race.
I used to be a hardcore F1 fan, for 20 years, but after Senna died I quit caring. I'll never forget I had the race at Imola in 1994 on tape, but was out of town that weekend and hadn't seen it yet. When my alarm radio turned on Monday morning I was almost awake and I thought I heard the newsguy say "3-time WC Ayrton Senna is dead." I sat straight up in bed, fully awake now. Got up and ran to the VCR to make sure I had it recorded. It was a long day at work, waiting to go home and watch the race. I remember Ratzenberger being killed on Saturday. I remember the big crash at the first start where a wheel flew into the stands. I remember the view from the camera on Schumacher's car as Senna went off track. I remember the camera shot of Senna's head twitch one time, as he sat there dying in his car from the hole in his forehead, waiting for the doctors and that helicopter flight to the hospital. I just don't have the same passion for the races I once did. Sorry all, don't mean to be a downer, I just always get a tear in eye this time of year, the month of May.
Ayrton Senna da Silva, the man I loved to hate.
Ole Senna, obrigado, adeus, bravo.
Hurrah Senna, thank you, goodbye, I salute your bravery.
The Rain King. In the wet, nobody could touch him, he seemed to be fearless and have mystical skills behind the wheel.
Out here in the Dawg House I have a wall of heroes. Ansel Adams, Toshiro Mifune, Winston Churchill, Steve McQueen, John Wayne, John Belushi, Sam Clemens, Robert Earl Keen, but Ayrton’s photo is at the top, higher than the others.
I thought I hated him, but after he died I found out a lot about him I did not know, and I realized I loved that guy.
In a manly way, of course ;)
|11||15||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:16.990||2.557||20|
|17||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:18.069||3.636||17|
|24||8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||No time||3|
Sergio Perez lost control exiting the tunnel and shunted broadside to the tire barrier, reported he was unconscious.
Update: Sergio Perez is awake, alert but complaining of pain in his legs at the hospital, its being said that his participation in tomorrows race is uncertain.
|10||17||Sergio Perez||Sauber-Ferrari||1:15.918||1:15.482||no time||23|
|14||15||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:16.813||1:16.118||22|
|15||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:16.600||1:16.121||19|
|23||22||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth||No time||0|
|24||23||Vitantonio Liuzzi||HRT-Cosworth||No time||0|
|Q1 107% Time||1:20.471|
1 - Innes Ireland has time with his fans after winning the inaugural United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen on Oct. 8, 1961.
2 - Innes Ireland is in front of Graham Hill, left, and Jack Brabham as they enter the 90 during the inaugural United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. Ireland would take the checkered flag. Ron Nelson Photo.
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Pérez ruled out of Monaco race
Sauber has stated that Sergio Pérez will definitely not be starting tomorrow's 78-lap Monaco Grand Prix, confirming a widely expected outcome after the Mexican's violent crash at the Nouvelle Chicane this afternoon. The Hinwil-based squad also explained that the cause of the accident is still being investigated, but Technical Director James Key believes Pérez will be able to shed more light on the situation shortly.
"Of course we are very relieved that Sergio wasnt seriously injured," Team Principal Peter Sauber commented. "Up to the accident he was doing very well in qualifying, and also better than expected as he had outperformed all his direct competitors. For Kamui it didnt go too well in qualifying, but we know what his skills are and expect them to play a role in tomorrows race."
Key added: "First and foremost we are obviously relieved with the reports that Sergio is okay. Its always very worrying for a team when you see an accident of that magnitude, so its good to hear that he is fundamentally okay. We are looking into what happened. There is no indication at the moment from the data we have seen that there was a problem with the car. But we have to talk to Sergio to investigate further what happened."
Sauber confirms: No serious injures for Pérez
In a press release entitled Good News!, the Sauber team has confirmed that Sergio Pérez has sustained no serious injures after his heavy crash in Monaco Grand Prix qualifying. The 21-year-old Mexican, who lost control at the Nouvelle Chicane for a currently unknown reason, has been submitted to the Princess Grace Hospital after suffering concussion and a sprained thigh.
The full statement from Sauber reads as follows:
It was with great relief the Sauber F1 Team received the news that Sergio Pérez has no serious injuries after his heavy accident in the closing minutes of the final part of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. Shortly before 15:00 hrs he had crashed into the barrier after the fast tunnel section of the circuit.
The 21-year-old Mexican was taken to the Hospital Princess Grace in Monaco from where the team received further information at 16:25 hrs: The doctors said Pérez had suffered concussion and a sprained thigh, but no broken bones and, following a scan, they could find no further injuries.
The reason for the accident will be investigated and the team will update the media as soon as it has any further information.
Formula 1 governing body the FIA has released an official communiqué which explains that Sergio Pérez will stay in hospital overnight on Saturday. The Mexican, who crashed heavily at the chicane in qualifying, has no broken bones but did suffer from concussion and a sprained thigh.
The brief FIA statement reads as follows:
It has been confirmed that Sauber F1 Team driver Sergio Perez is stable, conscious and talking. He is still currently undergoing tests at Princesse Grace hospital. According to doctors he has suffered a concussion but has not sustained any fractures. His condition is currently reported as encouraging. He will remain in hospital overnight.
I know Bernie must have a bigger boat
It is a wonderful sport - Piscine - The Pool
|2||5||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||78||+1.1 secs||4||18|
|3||4||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||78||+2.3 secs||2||15|
|4||2||Mark Webber||RBR-Renault||78||+23.1 secs||3||12|
|5||16||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari||78||+26.9 secs||12||10|
|6||3||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren-Mercedes||78||+27.2 secs||9||8|
|7||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||77||+1 Lap||14||6|
|8||9||Nick Heidfeld||Renault||77||+1 Lap||15||4|
|9||11||Rubens Barrichello||Williams-Cosworth||77||+1 Lap||11||2|
|10||18||Sebastien Buemi||STR-Ferrari||77||+1 Lap||16||1|
|11||8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||76||+2 Lap||7|
|12||15||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||76||+2 Lap||13|
|13||21||Jarno Trulli||Lotus-Renault||76||+2 Lap||18|
|14||20||Heikki Kovalainen||Lotus-Renault||76||+2 Lap||17|
|15||25||Jerome d'Ambrosio||Virgin-Cosworth||75||+3 Lap||21|
|16||23||Vitantonio Liuzzi||HRT-Cosworth||75||+3 Lap||23|
|17||22||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth||74||+4 Lap||22|
|18||12||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Cosworth||73||+5 Lap||8|
|Ret||10||Vitaly Petrov||Renault||67||+11 Lap||10|
|Ret||19||Jaime Alguersuari||STR-Ferrari||66||+12 Lap||19|
|Ret||6||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||32||+46 Laps||6|
|Ret||7||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes||32||+46 Laps||5|
|Ret||24||Timo Glock||Virgin-Cosworth||30||+48 Laps||20|
Wenever I drive a car from the sixties or seventies now I'm shocked by the suspensions .... we've come a long way baby
unfortunately Hamilton again acted like his father
- Piscine - The Pool
Where do you get that from? Average speed is above 160 km/h / 100 mph. Look at the lap times, do the math. At a race length of 260 km it is easily finished within the two hour limit. Unless it's a wet race (with safety car phases etc.) but those reach the time limit on many if not most other tracks as well. Monaco being right on the sea may be more prone to have some showers coming down, of course.
And "soooo sloooow" is a relative term when you look at the cramped track conditions. When they scream out of the tunnel and rip through the following chicanes along the harbor, the visual impression makes it actually *look* a lot faster than a wide open high speed course. IMHO. YMMV. I found today's race very entertaining.
Please! No more photos with Briatore in them. Ever!
You don't think this is true love ??? LOL
Nooooooooo! My eyes!!!! Please someone, pass me bleach to wash my eyes out or post some nude Helen Thomas pics as an antidote.
OK, kidding. But that guy just looks sleazy creepy. An experiment in hedonism gone horribly wrong. Makes me worry about *my* future.
WOW! Just saw Hamilton being interviwed by the BBC after the race about the penalties he received this weekend, and when the reporter asked “why he was repeatedly cited be the stewards” he pulled the race (as in ethnicity) card and said “maybe because I’m black”! OK, he was making a bit of a joke it seemed but it did look like he’s got a chip on his shoulder there.
That was a very accurate description of my own feelings, although I was instead a huge Senna fan.
Just can’t get into it, even thought I do tune in from time to time.
Austin GP already in trouble???
Austin council could scupper 2012 US Grand Prix
June 8, 2011
According to local Kxan news, council members learned this week that they must sign off as the “endorsing municipality” in order for race organisers to access the $25 million per year promised by the Texas government. That will involve the City of Austin contributing $4 million to the Major Events Trust Fund.
“There is a distinct possibility that if this process doesn’t work, that the project and the 1000 people that are working right now, their jobs could be in jeopardy and the event could be in jeopardy,” Suttle said.
There is no guarantee the Austin council members will play ball. “Apparently there is no plan B,” said one member. “I think that is an interesting assumption to make that something like that is going to be approved.”
I’m not surprised. I long suspected this was a Bernie shakedown for money, and then at the end he’d just say “Sorry, your track isn’t up to standards” and walk away with everybody’s money. Bernie likes having races in the Middle East because they are just as crooked as he is.