Sunday, May 29, 2011

Despite Sebastian Vettel winning again – Fans should remember the 2011 Monaco GP as an exciting race.

Take one on this Sunday, Memorial Day weekend triple header with the Monaco Grand Prix that rolled off early this morning here on the East Coast. Earlier today before the Indianapolis 500, the most famous race on the 2011 Formula 1 schedule, the Monaco Grand Prix.

When I hear the name Monaco Grand Prix, normally I think of a historical race, tight course and for the most part, a boring race, unless its wet. But when it came to the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix, this one had its moments for sure including some moments that left me scratching my head.

In the beginning stages of the Monaco Grand Prix, I thought, oh boy, here we go again, this is going to be the Sebastian Vettel once again, but unlike in several races this season, Vettel simply wasn’t able to pull away from 2nd place Alonso and 3rd place Button.

But one of the stories during this race had to be Lewis Hamilton who started mid-pack. Hamilton early on would have one of the most intense battles during the opening laps with of all drivers, Michael Schumacher. What a way to start out a race, you start mid-pack and now you have to battle a driver, Schumacher, that doesn’t give a centimeter to drivers all race long and you need to get by for position.

These two put on an intense show with Hamilton trying several times to make the pass, but on lap 10, heading up the hill, Hamilton would make a really tight move on Schumacher that even left me gasping for air, but he made the past. Of course this would be the start of a tough day for Hamilton as he would have to battle back from a drive-though penalty for contact in the hairpin with Massa to end up finishing 6th, the last car on the lead lap.

But as Vettel regained the lead from Button, the leaders in the final 10 laps would encounter traffic and right in front of Vettel, a battle between Jamie Alguersuari and Vitaly Petrov would end in a heavy crash with cars hitting both the inside and outside wall. This accident would bring out a red flag.

During the red flag, in Formula 1, under the stoppage rules (something that is illegal in NASCAR mind you) teams are allowed to change tires and in the case of Lewis Hamilton who received damage in that crash, his team would be able to change his rear wing without penalty.

Of course this F1 rule would all but take away Vettel’s disadvantage with him having very old tires (around 50 laps) and actually give Vettel an advantage considering his would get a new set of soft tires while 2nd place Alonso and 3rd place according to SPEED broadcast would have a used set of tires put on, I guess they didn’t have an extra set of new tires to put on.

And something new in Formula 1 this season, Formula 1 would restart the race and give these drivers 5 laps to decide this one among themselves and once the green flag came out, Sebastian Vettel would hold off Alonso and Button to pickup his first career Monaco GP victory and his fifth win in the first six races this season.

But if you’re looking for a silver lining in all of this Vettel season deal, think of this, in the Chinese GP earlier this season, that race were Lewis Hamilton chased down Sebastian Vettel in the closing laps and drove away to win the race.

That was the best race not only of the 2011 F1 season so far, but was one of the best races in recent years for sure and I have to imagine with what fans have seen so far with the addition of the KERS and DRS, we will see many more exciting races.

And hopefully a few of these drivers including Lewis Hamilton can take the fight to Vettel and challenge for not only victories, but for the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship.



Full Disclosure: This article was originally published on Brian Vermette's former blog called BVinsight, however once RaceDriven.com was re-launched and rebrand, BVinsight was renamed BVDaily with 33 of 44 articles being published here on RaceDriven due to subject.