F1: Monaco GP in six words

By Andy Darley

CalendarSunday, May 25th, 2008

 
 

A rain-soaked, incident-packed race with thrills, spills and some pretty heroic driving – you’d need a lot of words to accurately describe the Monaco Grand Prix, but we’re doing it in just six per driver and team.

Overall race report

Everyone made mistakes – Hamilton’s recovery triumphed

Drivers

1: Lewis Hamilton
Lucked into winning strategy after crash
2: Robert Kubica
Did everything right, just lacked speed
3: Felipe Massa
Fewest blunders on poor Ferrari day
4: Mark Webber
Prospered despite premature dry tyre switch
5: Sebastian Vettel
Untroubled race, strong on drying track
6: Rubens Barrichello
Back in the points at last
7: Kazuki Nakajima
Concentrated on not crashing, reaped benefit
8: Heikki Kovalainen
Fought back well from grid disaster
9: Kimi Raikkonen
Sutil crash was poor day’s lowpoint
10: Fernando Alonso
Played dodgems after overambitious tyre choices
11: Jenson Button
Poor start, two collisions – disappointing day
12: Timo Glock
Spent day spinning like a top
13: Jarno Trulli
Extreme wets, drying track – bad combination
14: Nick Heidfeld
Is fading badly as season progresses
DNF: Adrian Sutil
Everyone’s choice for driver of day
DNF: Nico Rosberg
Pushed, pushed, pushed – and wiped out
DNF: Nelson Piquet Jr
Showing increasing signs of confidence failure
DNF: Giancarlo Fisichella
Lost lower gears, race consequently doomed
DNF: Sebastien Bourdais
Backed off at yellow flag, lost control
DNF: David Coulthard
Career ending with whimper, not bang?

Teams

Ferrari
Did everything right Saturday, wrong Sunday
McLaren
Raced with their brains, were rewarded
BMW Sauber
Must be getting worried about Heidfeld
Red Bull
Webber advantage over DC getting embarrassing
Williams
Nakajima plodding, Rosberg flamboyant – caution prospered
Renault
A race to forget for everyone
Toyota
Looking strong, then misjudged tyre choices
Toro Rosso
Their new car brought them luck
Honda
Rubinho’s success rescued average-looking weekend
Force India
So nearly a huge, huge celebration

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