May 13, 2010
HWMNBN, one of five drivers in the field to have won here, topped the timesheets for both practices in his Ferrari, with Nico Rosberg following in his Mercedes during 2nd Practice. As always, the admonition to take everything in practice with a grain of salt stands: one never knows who's on a heavy fuel load, who's doing quals practice, and who's doing tire testing or one of a thousand other things. Still, the teams you'd expect to be fast here were, and the usual bottomfeeders were slow.
There's one exception, however. The Renaults were unexpectedly quick around the Principality today, with Robert Kubica leading the afternoon session for much of the 90 minutes before slipping to sixth late in the day. Even with that, he was still ahead of both McLarens and Mark Webber's Red Bull. Hard to tell what that means to be honest, though with Kubica behind the wheel one can always hope for the best. Monaco isn't a circuit that rewards the fastest cars, but the most maneuverable.
As with all things Monaco, you get some incredible camera angles here, like this one of the Loew's Hairpin and Portier (upper right and upper left, respectfully). In fact, you can almost get a full lap's worth of "aerial shots" from the roofs of condominiums and the like, though the Tunnel is somewhat obstructed. I might try to do that...
One of the main features of the race at Monaco is the appearance of the Beautiful People on race day. Today, though, we had to make do with one of the driving forces of F1.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Birdy Ecclestone is present. No surprise that a McLaren staffer is trying to shoo him out of the pit lane...
Quals on Saturday!
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 13, 2010 09:24 PM (+rSRq)
Of course, knowing fuel consumption rates makes a huge difference, too. If a team discovers that for some arcane reason they use less fuel around Monaco, they'll be able to put in less gas to start the race, and thus get a weight advantage, and weight directly controls speed.
So all data is useful... it's not just learning the circuit, though there's a lot of that going on as well.
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 13, 2010 09:33 PM (JWQqT)
LOL - Birdy Ecclestone. That bird sure got a lot of camera time.
I'll bring the croissants on Saturday morning.
Posted by: Mallory at May 14, 2010 12:05 PM (WJ2qy)
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