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Post by The_Wall_91 on Mon May 16, 2016 5:56 pm

Round 6 takes us to one of the smallest countries with one of the most famous race tracks in Monaco. The tire compounds will be Soft, Supersoft, and Ultrasoft. Here are the storylines entering the 1st race of the Greatest Day in Racing.

Lewis Hamilton vs. Nico Rosberg

If you missed this, you are either deaf or blind. Entering turn 4 on lap 1, Lewis Hamilton went in to the grass taking himself and Nico Rosberg out. This move ended Rosberg's win streak at 7. Let's just say that the drivers weren't happy with eachother and their bosses were not happy with them.

Ferrari: What Happened?

After the Mercedes debacle, most people expected this to be the race for Ferrari to lose. They not only lost to Red Bull, they were, in my eyes, utterly disappointing to the expectations they set for themselves. The Prancing Horses will definitely have some explaining to do rather soon.

Max Verstappen's Miracle on Asphalt

The winner of the Spanish GP was an 18 year-old, 2nd generation driver from the Netherlands named Max Verstappen. His weekend in Spain broke several major records in Formula 1. He became the youngest driver to lead a lap and the youngest driver ever to be on the podium, breaking Vettel's records.

Is Red Bull the Team to Challenge Mercedes?

Over the past few races since China, Red Bull has proven that they are a force to be reckoned with. There has been a lot of talk (from a certain person(Cynon) that Monaco will be the race Red Bull will destroy everyone. We will see if whether or not Red Bull is the 2nd front runner instead of the 3rd.

Carlos Sainz is on Fire

The other hero of the Spanish GP was Carlos Sainz. In an underpowered car, he topped in P3 and held on to finish 6th. His season has kept him in the top 10 in points all year long. Could his season end up in a ride with a better team for 2017?

Who Will Improve From Test?

This Tuesday will be the first of a two day test in Spain. This test will see many upgrades by all teams except Sauber. All Ferrari powered cars will get the 2016 spec engine, Red Bull is getting many upgrades, Renault is expecting huge upgrades. No word from Mercedes and Manor on upgrades that will happen.

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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by RetrogradeRenegade on Wed May 18, 2016 1:58 am

Monaco is likely to be Red Bull's, and McLaren's for that matter, best opportunity at this point in the season. The track relies on low-speed grip far more than any other, while relying much less on power, and that's Red Bull's chief strength and weakness.
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by navycook75 on Wed May 18, 2016 2:23 am

inb4 Rosbergwinslol

Not that I'm complaining.

My question is, will we see Verstappen back in the Red Bull? (I feel like he will based on what he did)
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by Cynon on Wed May 18, 2016 2:58 am

navycook75 wrote:inb4 Rosbergwinslol

Not that I'm complaining.

My question is, will we see Verstappen back in the Red Bull? (I feel like he will based on what he did)

Driver swap was confirmed to be for the rest of the year and beyond.

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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by Alta on Wed May 18, 2016 4:45 am

I think this stretch of races really decides if it's a championship run for Rosberg, albeit he was killing at the start of the year my worry was once he faltered he might not get back up again...we'll see.
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by navycook75 on Wed May 18, 2016 5:41 am

Cynon wrote:
navycook75 wrote:inb4 Rosbergwinslol

Not that I'm complaining.

My question is, will we see Verstappen back in the Red Bull? (I feel like he will based on what he did)

Driver swap was confirmed to be for the rest of the year and beyond.
I thought it was just a one race thing.

lol oops
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Wed May 18, 2016 9:36 am

Pascal Wehrlein Testing the Silver Arrow

In a move by Mercedes, they have decided to give Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein an opportunity in the Silver Arrow.

There is no reason as to why Mercedes did this but now, neither Lewis nor Nico can drive in the second test of the season after Silverstone.

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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by Milan655 on Wed May 18, 2016 10:35 am

The_Wall_91 wrote:There is no reason as to why Mercedes did this but now, neither Lewis nor Nico can drive in the second test of the season after Silverstone.

Pascal's a Mercedes Junior driver, and a driver with a lot of talent too with more room to learn. At the same time, depending on what Kimi does at the end of the season it wouldn't surprise me too much if Lewis ends up wearing red in a season or two.
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by RetrogradeRenegade on Wed May 18, 2016 11:54 am

Alta wrote:I think this stretch of races really decides if it's a championship run for Rosberg, albeit he was killing at the start of the year my worry was once he faltered he might not get back up again...we'll see.

I think Rosberg's in as good a position as he could be. Although outpaced in qualifying by Hamilton he still managed to get back past before being taken out - I'd imagine he feels as wronged as Hamilton did back in Belgium 2014. The fact that Niki Lauda, who historically has been more pro-Hamilton, came down on his side will only reinforce that feeling. This is also on top of the fact that Monaco is a track where Rosberg has traditionally been stronger than Hamilton anyway.
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Tue May 24, 2016 1:06 pm

Grosjean to Use Tribute Helmet

As remembrance to the late Jules Bianchi, Romain Grosjean will use a helmet inspired by the memory of Jules.

In 2014, Bianchi finished 9th in the Manor in what turned out to be Bianchi's highlight before passing away last July due to injuries sustained in Japan GP in 2014.

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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Wed May 25, 2016 8:15 am

Here are the numbers for the Monaco GP

63: This will be the 63rd race in Monaco

50: This weekend will be the 50th anniversary of McLaren

6: Aryton Senna holds the record for most wins in Monaco, this includes 5 in a row

3,666: The average amount of gear changes during the race, 47 per lap

14: The lowest position to win in Monaco, achieved by Olivier Panis in 1996

15: McLaren holds the record with 15 wins in Monaco

2001: Ferrari's last win in Monaco, Michael Schumacher was behind the wheel

100: In 1950, Juan Manuel Fangio won the longest race in Monaco history


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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by AntmanB on Fri May 27, 2016 6:46 am

Well RUSSiAN TIME won the GP2 Feature but it looks like they gained 35 seconds under a virtual safety car so that result will likely change
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Post by Spannerhead29 (Nelson) on Fri May 27, 2016 12:01 pm

AntmanB wrote:Well RUSSiAN TIME won the GP2 Feature but it looks like they gained 35 seconds under a virtual safety car so that result will likely change
Commentators were being dumb. Because everyone slowed down under VSC, the gap in time increased, and the VSC ended at the perfect time for Markalov to pit and take advantage of Nato and Rowland still getting up to speed. if the VSC stayed out another 30 seconds, Markalov would of lost his advantage.
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Fri May 27, 2016 1:27 pm

Rosberg Out of Mercedes?

F1 recently did an interview with Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein about his F1 season. In the interview, he believes that he will be in a Silver Arrow for 2017 due to the fact that Nico Rosberg's contract is supposedly expiring at the end of 2016.

In my eyes, Rosberg has been driving his ass off this season for that reason. He knows that his contract will expire and he is doing an audition for the other teams. But, I think Wehrlein may need to be careful if he is around Nico.

If Rosberg is out, where does he go? McLaren may need a couple of drivers but that would be a massive downgrade for Nico. Ferrari only makes sense if Raikkonen retires. Manor and possibly Sauber are the only other options.

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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by AntmanB on Fri May 27, 2016 1:32 pm

But you can't gain time under the sc right?
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by RetrogradeRenegade on Fri May 27, 2016 2:20 pm

The_Wall_91 wrote: Rosberg Out of Mercedes?

Why would you get rid of Rosberg when he's been arguably outperforming Hamilton? Sure, Hamilton's still faster over a single lap, but he's been making the errors while Rosberg has safely banked every single result he's been able to. Why fix what's not broken?

EDIT: Niki Lauda would appear to agree with this sentiment.

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AntmanB wrote:Well RUSSiAN TIME won the GP2 Feature but it looks like they gained 35 seconds under a virtual safety car so that result will likely change
Commentators were being dumb. Because everyone slowed down under VSC, the gap in time increased, and the VSC ended at the perfect time for Markalov to pit and take advantage of Nato and Rowland still getting up to speed. if the VSC stayed out another 30 seconds, Markalov would of lost his advantage.
AntmanB wrote:But you can't gain time under the sc right?
No, you just need to meet the minimum time the FIA sets for each sector. And since everyone's going slower, obviously the time gap will increase since while the track distance between two cars is the same, by going slower, more time will pass. Otherwise, if maintaining a time gap was enforced, the VSC would be incredibly unfair cars in front since once you get back to racing speed the car behind will be a lot closer.
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by AntmanB on Fri May 27, 2016 3:01 pm

Ah ok. So what he did was legal
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by Spannerhead29 (Nelson) on Sat May 28, 2016 9:14 am

P O L E B O Y Z
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Post by BWard on Sat May 28, 2016 9:15 am

Fantastic pole for Daniel Ricciardo, superb job by Red Bull. Hope they blast the Mercedes drivers away tomorrow.
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Post by RetrogradeRenegade on Sat May 28, 2016 9:18 am

I don't think I've ever seen a driver who can execute a given strategy like Daniel Ricciardo. Barcelona last time out aside, every time the team give him something tricky to do, he goes out and aces it.
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Sat May 28, 2016 10:25 am

Riccardo Grabs First Career Pole

Daniel Riccardo surprised Mercedes by taking his Red Bull and putting on the pole. His pole grabbing time was 1:13.622.

Here is the starting lineup for the Monaco GP:

Row 1: Riccardo-Rosberg
Row 2: Hamilton-Vettel
Row 3: Hulkenburg-Raikkonen(5 Spot Grid Penalty, will start 11th)
Row 4: Sainz-Perez
Row 5: Kvyat-Alonso
Row 6: Bottas-Gutierrez
Row 7: Button-Massa
Row 8: Grosjean-Magnussen
Row 9: Ericcson-Palmer
Row 10: Haryanto-Wehrlein
Row 11: Verstappen(Crashed in Q1)-Nasr(DNS Q1)

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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by AntmanB on Sat May 28, 2016 11:27 am

It looks highly likely there will be rain involved tomorrow
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Post by The_Wall_91 on Sat May 28, 2016 1:21 pm

AntmanB wrote:It looks highly likely there will be rain involved tomorrow

That could make the race even more interesting.

Daniil Kvyat's miserable last couple of week has worsened after he fails post-qualifying inspection.

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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Sun May 29, 2016 8:17 am

Palmer is out on lap 8

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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by bigdc48 on Sun May 29, 2016 8:57 am

Wow Red Bull.
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Sun May 29, 2016 8:57 am

Riccardo won't be happy at all.

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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Sun May 29, 2016 9:23 am

Sauber teammates collide, I want to be a fly on the wall for that confrontation.


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Post by bigdc48 on Sun May 29, 2016 9:23 am

Ericcson you f**king idiot.
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by RyanB06 on Sun May 29, 2016 9:53 am

And cue the buzzkill.
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Sun May 29, 2016 10:09 am

Winners of the Monaco GP :

Lewis Hamilton: Winner of the race
Daniel Riccardo: Great run after scoring his first pole
Sergio Perez: Round of applause for finishing 3rd
McLaren: Double points for them, 5th and 9th
Sahara Force India: Phenomenal race, 3rd and 6th

Losers of the Monaco GP :

Red Bull's Pit Crew: You have some explaining to do to Daniel Riccardo
Nico Rosberg: Pay attention at the end buddy
Sauber: They were the Mercedes of Monaco
Renault: Both drivers failed to finish the race
Kimi Raikkonen: Early exit, ruined Romain Grosjean's day
Daniil Kvyat: What do you have against Kevin Magnusson?

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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by RetrogradeRenegade on Sun May 29, 2016 10:10 am

Well, that's disappointing.
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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Sun May 29, 2016 10:14 am

I will be honest, I really wanted Sergio Perez to win that race

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Re: 2016 Monaco GP

Post by Alta on Mon May 30, 2016 6:30 pm

Solid Monaco GP that kind of petered off at the end. Boy Red Bull blew that race so hard it wasn't even funny, the decision to play to what Hamilton did was already a not smart move but then the pit stop blew any chance they had left.

Also Perez on the podium makes me a happy camper. Good run for him.
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