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GP Week : Issue 12
MONACO 2008 could have been remembered for all the wrong reasons. We arrived at the jewel in F1’s crown with the news pages filled with Max Mosley’s protestations to the FIA clubs, Bernie Ecclestone’s threat to wage war with him if he wanted such a fight, and the very real possibility that the entire weekend’s racing could overshadowed by the attendance of an FIA President still much maligned. But what we got was a fantastic weekend of Grand Prix racing at its unpredictable best. Lewis Hamilton avenged his demons and took a stunning win on a track he has always loved. A winner here in F3 and GP2, the apparent team- orders that denied him a win here 12 months ago were a distant memory as he crossed the line, puncture and all, to record a win after arguably one of his finest drives to date. The GP2 races, too, had seen popular victors in Mike Conway and of course Bruno Senna. The feeder category had given the F1 world a reason to buzz before the rain had even started to fall on Sunday with the young Senna being mooted for an F1 drive in the near future. Bernie Ecclestone’s thoughts were allowed to leave Max Mosley’s shenanigans for a moment and dwell on having a Senna back in F1. Many have said Senna’s only got to where he has on his surname, but at the track that made his Uncle a legend, Bruno had taken a resounding victory under intense pressure. And a win in Monaco doesn’t come easily. Not to anyone. That Max even turned up at all failed to really register. He had breakfast, failed to organise a meeting of engine chiefs, and then retired to his abode for the remainder of the event. If this was the race that was supposed to show he could operate as normal, it failed. Had he not turned up, nobody would have made a big deal out of it. That he did and then scuttled off into the background perhaps gave weight to the argument that he really has lost the ability to rule. Or perhaps, as this publication has implored of the FIA Presiden t… perhaps he was simply doing the right thing. For without Mosley, on whom the cameras would undoubtedly have focussed their lenses, they turned their attentions instead to the track. As did we all. And maybe that’s the biggest thing to have come out of this weekend. We learned, and perhaps Mosley did too, that the sport can and will continue. Pos # Driver Team Laps Time Grid 1 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 76 2:00:42.742 3 2 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 76 +3.0s 5 3 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 76 +4.8s 1 4 10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 76 +19.2s 9 5 15 Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari 76 +24.6s 19 6 17 Rubens Barrichello Honda 76 +28.4s 14 7 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 76 +30.1s 13 8 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 76 +33.1s 4 9 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 76 +33.7s 2 10 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 75 +1 lap 7 11 16 Jenson Button Honda 75 +1 Lap 11 12 12 Timo Glock Toyota 75 +1 Lap 10 13 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 75 +1 Lap 8 14 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 72 +4 Laps 12 Ret 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 67 Accident 18 Ret 7 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 59 Accident 6 Ret 6 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 47 Accident 17 Ret 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 36 Gearbox 20 Ret 9 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 7 Accident 15 Ret 14 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 7 Accident 16 FORMULA 1 | Round 6 MONACO Points – Drivers: Hamilton 38, Raikkonen 35, Massa 34, Kubica 32, Heidfeld 20, Kovalainen 15, Webber 15, Alonso 9, Trulli 9, Rosberg 8. Manufacturers: Ferrari 69, McLaren-Mercedes 53, BMW 52, Williams-Toyota 15, Red Bull 15, Toyota 9, Renault 9, Honda 6. o p in io n WiLL BUxtON GPWeek Editor F1 MONACO >> Racing beats controversy 31