The Biggest Day in Racing Starts with the Grandest Grand Prix [Monaco Grand Prix Live Thread]
F1 has a reputation of always being dominated by one or two teams. Last year, which was completely controlled by Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull team, was an obvious example. This season, however, has seen five different drivers win the first five races. Three of those winners were the usual suspects: Vettel, Fernando Alonso, and Jenson Button. This season though has also seen Nico Rosberg and Pastor Maldonado grab their first career Grand Prix victories. Maldonado's win, which happened two weeks ago in Spain, was the most shocking of all, as it was the Williams team's first win since 2004, and because Maldonado had a reputation as a ride buyer who would never come close to winning.
With Monaco being a very tight street course (perhaps the tightest in the world), starting position is of the utmost importance. Michael Schumacher was the fastest qualifier. However, he has to serve a 5 place grid penalty due to a boneheaded move in Spain. Thus, Mark Webber inherits the pole, followed by Rosberg. Lewis Hamilton will start 3rd, followed by Romain Grosjean, in a surprise 4th in the Lotus. Vettel qualified a disappointing 9th. The tightness of the track can make things dangerous, as shown by this scary crash by Conor Daly in yesterday's GP3 race (as an aside, why was that other driver out there without a rear wing? WTF?)
The race begins around 8:00 AM on SPEED. Q it up here fellow early birds who can't wait to get the Biggest Day in Racing started.