Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Red Bull 1-2 finish in an early Monaco Grand Prix, but no Memorial Day weekend triple header for this Motorsports fan.

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Well as some of you could imagine, I’m disappointed that my triple header Memorial Day Weekend Sunday schedule of Formula 1 in the morning, the Indianapolis 500 at noon time and the Coca-Cola 600 in the evening into the night isn’t going to be in two weeks as Monaco is now.

Yeah that was heaven for this motorsports fan, however Memorial day came two weeks early as the Monaco Grand Prix kicked off earlier today and not in a good way. But before I get into the Monaco GP, some may be asking why Monaco is two weeks early.

Well according to the SPEED announcers, the Monaco Grand Prix has to be exactly 6 or 8 weeks after Easter (I forget which, but it takes 6 weeks to set the track up) and since Easter was earlier this year on the calendar in Monaco, the Monaco Grand Prix ended up being two weeks early as well.

As a matter of fact, when the FIA Formula 1 takes up making the next season schedule, the first date that needs to be determined is the Monaco Grand Prix because of this reason.

I originally was really upset about it, they wrecked my weekend, however believe it or not after hearing that explanation, I understand. I just wish the Monaco Grand Prix could be solidly put on Memorial Day weekend that would be something better especially for Monaco.

With that said, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of those races every year that I look forward to, it’s the superbowl of Formula 1, the Daytona 500 of NASCAR, the Indianapolis 500 of the IRL, you get the picture and it’s the most historical race on the F1 calendar. And the sight of race and course is unbelievable too.

Personally I have never been to Monaco, however what a sight to see just on television. The course tight, narrow, amazing waterfront street course complete with a few long straightaways, a tight hairpin, a few passing zones and even a tunnel, what racetrack on the Motorsports calendar has a tunnel on the race course.

However like I said in the beginning, the race was disappointing. I have to say that I was hoping for a little bit of rain. For some reason in Formula 1, a wet racetrack makes for a good race, it evens up the field somewhat, it makes drivers really get on it. But sleeper races are just not entertaining, nor are follow the leader or no real passing.

The only excelling part was watching Fernando Alonso race from last to finish in the top 6. Watching Alonso get frustrated with some other drivers was funny too. I mean they are racing for position too, this is racing, not move over and race single file.

But in the end, it was the duo of Red Bull racing’s Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel that stole the show for a 1-2 finish.

One side note, wow, it must be a contract year for Mark Webber because up till now, Webber really hasn’t been on the radar unlike his rookie teammate Vettel. I heard during the Monaco GP that Webber might have resigned, well that means Vettel can be a contender once again.

At least both are leading the points over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso heading into the Turkish Grand Prix in two weeks. Wow, Formula 1 in Turkey on Memorial Day Weekend, yeah I’ll set my alarm…

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