Formula One Monaco Grand Prix 2012 Preview
Fancy Hamilton, Kimi or Grosjean to conquer the twisty narrow track amongst all the yachts and sunshine? Then we’re heading toward a record breaking sixth different driver to win the sixth Formula One Grand Prix this season. People said before the Spanish grand prix that it would be great if the trend of a new driver winning each race would continue for the rest of the season, but they put it down by saying, “Of course this can’t be the case. For it to happen, drivers like Pastor Maldonado have to win”. And after the previous race weekend, they were only forced to eat their words.
So, here’s the deal. It’s not all that far-fetched to end up in a situation where we have a sixth different winner this season. Lewis Hamilton has been absolutely remarkable but the McLaren team seem to find newer ways of well, messing up his chances of victory time and again. The long pit stops and inadequate fuelling of the car in Spain in Q3 being the front runners amongst the McLaren bloopers this season, both affecting Lewis. So be sure that Hamilton is going to go ballistic for victory and start from where he left off last season at Monaco where he aggressively forced Maldonado off the track in the last lap.
On the other hand, Kimi and Grosjean have been absolutely flying in the past two races, one of them being a 2-3 finish as well. If one of the Lotus drivers ends up at the top of the podium, voila, we have a new sixth. Not only a new sixth driver in this case, but also a new sixth team. How outrageous is that?
There have been spurts of excellent performances from the man Sergio Perez who almost snatched the rain hit Malaysian Grand Prix from Alonso. Do not count him out of the race to the top of the podium as well.
And hey, very low are the odds of the oldest swinger in town on making it to the top, but do not discard the seven time world champion and a five time winner here to make it to the front of the field. Michael Schumacher might just be back this time, well and truly.
In Monaco, it’s almost always been the driver on P1 going ahead to take the victory. We’ve seen in the past, Alonso in 2006 and 2007, Button in 2009 and Vettel last year. The only time this hasn’t happened was in 2008 when Hamilton took victory. So watch out for the guy on P1. My money’s on the RB8 of Sebastian Vettel or Lewis Hamilton to start the champagne celebration from the top of the podium this Sunday.
So all in all, I’d personally like to wish all the bookies out there, good luck. You’ll need every bit of it looking at how this season has unfolded.
Monte-Carlo is always an exciting weekend with all the glam, the yachts, the twisted narrow circuit with the oldest casino at “Casino Square” giving this track multiple flavours to entertain on so many scales. The crashes, the mistakes, the high speed tunnel and the fact that it is so ridiculously difficult to overtake on this peach of a racing track, there’s never been a greater promise for entertainment, than this.
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