M onte Carlo is not a race track that leads to groundbreaking conclusions the quality of a racing car allows. This course is too special for that. If you screw up in training, you also look bad in the race. Williams and Sauber are certainly better than the result suggests. But both teams were beaten under value because the weak point was in the cockpit.
Red Bull broke the spell. The defending champion was the first team to win two races. After Thursday training it didn't look like it. But then it became clear how thin the line between victory and defeat can be this year. Mark Webber bet on the right vehicle set-up, Sebastian Vettel on the wrong one. Webber's Red Bull caught his time in the slow sections. Vettel concentrated too much on the fast corners and paid for it in the slow ones.
Ferrari on the way to the top
Ferrari is on the rise. After Barcelona, the redesigned red cars also cut a fine figure in Monte Carlo. This time with both drivers. That speaks for a clear upward trend. Mercedes emerged from oblivion after two mediocre races. Michael Schumacher's pole position and Nico Rosberg's second place showed that a win was quite possible. McLaren stumbles. Since the Bahrain GP, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are no longer candidates for victory.
Lotus also disappointed in Monte Carlo. Romain Grosjean looked like a possible winner until qualification. Then he gambled away his chances through rookie mistakes. Kimi Raikkonen was too nice with the tires.
Sauber and Williams miss top result
Williams and Sauber also quarreled with their drivers. The Williams engineers are convinced that Pastor Maldonado would have had the speed for a podium. But what do you want to do if your own driver drives someone else's car for no reason, then crashes and therefore moves 15 starting positions back? Sergio Perez was totally involved with Sauber. Crash in practice, a drive-through penalty in the race. You don't even get points like that.
Force India won the duel against Toro Rosso crystal clear. The sixth in the World Cup last year is regularly in the points. Toro Rosso wasted its chances through strategic mistakes.
Caterham has been greatly improved. Heikki Kovalainen drove almost the entire race ahead of Jenson Button. At Marussia you can go back to everyday lifepass over. The problems that slowed Timo Glock for two races have been solved. The Monaco show was a step forward. HRT benefited from the route characteristics. Aerodynamics do not play a major role in Monaco. And that's missing at HRT.
Power Ranking GP Monaco 2012
Here is our power ranking at a glance. As always, the detailed form check of all twelve teams can be found in the picture gallery.
- Red Bull (2)
- Ferrari (4)
- Mercedes (6 )
- McLaren (3)
- Lotus (1)
- Clean (7)
- Williams (5)
- Force India (8)
- Toro Rosso (9)
- Caterham (10)
- Marussia (11)
- HRT F1 (12)
* in brackets position after the GP Spain