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    F1 2012 - Mercedes AMG GP Monaco Grand Prix Preview

    Five different races, five different winners. Unpredictable doesn't even begin to discribe the season so far. With the ban on off blown diffusers and higher degrading tires, the grid has never been closer. Mercedes AMG with Nico Rosberg already claiming the win in China, look to continue their success here in Monaco, while Michael Schumacher will continue to attempt to break into the podium. The Monaco Grand Prix is the most famous track in F1.This race shows the difference between a great driver and a good one. To win this race, a driver needs to be precise, quick, and brave. This is why it is considered a "must win" for drivers. The track, a combination of being technically difficult but also extremely glamorous and high profile. The circuit is one of the most demanding with no margin for error as the Armco barriers that line the track are at some points just inches from the cars.

    Michael Schumacher has won it five times with Benetton (now Lotus-Renault GP) and Ferrari, Alonso has claimed it twice, with Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, and, Raikkonen each taking a win. Michael Schumacher hold the lap record with a 1:14.439 set in 2004.

    Nico loves the Monaco Grand Prix weekend:

    “it’s a great feeling to be driving at home, knowing that all my friends and family are watching. I have always been quick around the streets here, and I believe a good result is possible for us next weekend.

    The nature of the track should suit our car but as we have seen at every race so far this season, tyre management will be crucial. With five different winning teams so far this year, at least ten drivers have the chance to win in Monaco so this could be one of the most interesting races there for years.”
    For Michael,

    “Monaco is just a circuit of its own very unique character. In a way, you could look at it with a big portion of irony with regards to the contradiction that, for so many years we have successfully campaigned for more track safety, and then we deliberately race in Monaco.

    But in my view this is justifiable once a year, especially as the circuit is really so much fun to drive. Every time you go there, you just look forward to finally getting out and driving the track. Of course, knowing that I will lose five positions on the grid does not add to this feeling but this just means that I will have to try even harder.

    I’m actually quite confident that we should look reasonably good in Monaco due to the hard work that everybody in the team is putting into the development of our car. So let's make the best out of the weekend.”
    Ross Brawn

    The uniqueness of Monaco makes it one of those tracks where anything can happen. Particularly in a season that has proved to be almost impossible to predict so far.

    Despite the logistical challenges of the weekend, Monaco is a race that everyone on the team and the drivers really enjoy, and the experience of winning in Monaco is something very special indeed.

    After Nico’s win in China, we have had two more difficult race weekends, but I am confident that we will start to see an improvement in Monaco as the developments that we have brought to the car recently take effect.”
    For Norbert, with five different winners from five different teams in five races,

    “it has been an exciting and unexpected first quarter of the 2012 season. Now Formula One visits the most atypical circuit of all, Monaco.

    It makes unusual, one-off demands of the cars: there are fast and narrow sections, but also eight corners taken at under 100 kph and over 4,500 gear changes during the race. It is also incredibly challenging and rewarding for the drivers.

    In Monaco, more than any other circuit, the driver can really make the difference, especially on a single qualifying lap. Both Nico and Michael have shown a great feeling for the circuit and the ability to master it in recent seasons.

    After all the talk of unpredictability of the teams’ performance levels this year, there are also clear facts: three of five races have been won from pole position, including Nico's victory in China. What's more, the five drivers who have completed every race lap are all in the top seven in the current championship standings. Strong qualifying speed has been rewarded at every race, and consistently finishing races appears to be even more important in 2012.

    In the last three races, Nico has scored a total of 41 points, the second highest total in the field after Sebastian Vettel with 43. Our focus in Monaco will be to extract the maximum from our further developed technical package. Giving the drivers a car they can trust and feel confident in is worth more here than at any other circuit on the calendar.”
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    Schumacher claims provisional pole position! But due to his penalty from Barcalona will start 6th. Marc Webber will start first, with Rosberg 2nd and Hamilton 3rd. Full Report to follow.
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    F1 2012 - Mercedes GP - Qualifying Results: Schumacher Claims Pole Position and Rosberg Starts 3rd

    The seven time world champion Michael Schumacher claimed his 69th pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix with a 1:14.301, just 0.08 seconds ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber. However due to the 5 grid spot penalty handed to him after the Spanish grand prix, Michael will start from 6th spot. Fellow Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg took third. Mclaren's Lewis Hamilton starts behind them followed by Romain Grosjean, and Fernando Alonso. Ferrrari's Massa will start seventh breaking into Q3 for the first time this year, followed by Renault's Kimi Raikkonen. Williams driver Pastor Maldonado starts 9th. The current world champion Sebastain Vettel will start in 10th place, who struggled throughout qualifying and opted not to run in Q3 to save a set of tires for the race. To everyone's suprise, Mclaren Mercedes driver Jensen Button failed to make it into the final qualifying session and will start in 13th place.

    A delighted Michael said after qualifying:

    "It is simply a wonderful feeling to set pole after such a long time, and particularly here in Monaco. Okay, it has taken a little bit longer than I might have wanted in the second chapter of my career, but that makes it even sweeter. It's just beautiful. We already thought that this circuit should suit us, and it's the perfect confirmation of all the work from every team member in Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart - a big thank you to every one of them, because this is a team result. Of course, it's unfortunate that I won't start from the very front but that's how it is. I will do as well as I can. We know that overtaking is tough but with DRS and KERS, you might as well try it - and you can be sure I will."

    Nico secured third fastest time in Q3 but will be on the front row of the grid in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix. Nico:

    "I am pleased with the result today and especially for what we have shown as a team in the past few weeks. We have had a couple of difficult races since the win in China but there has been a lot of hard work to turn it round, and today we were on top as a team which is great to see. Thank you to everybody back at base who has brought us back to the front again. But it was just so close out there this afternoon, it's incredible and fantastic for Formula One. Congratulations to Michael, he did a fantastic job. Of course, I am sorry for him that he must take the penalty, but that means I will be on the front row in Monaco. And at a race where overtaking can be so difficult, that's a great place to start."
    Ross Brawn

    "It was a wonderful qualifying session and we are obviously delighted. Michael will take a five-place penalty tomorrow, but today he was the quickest guy out there - congratulations to him. Nico did a fantastic job as well, and was in the hunt for pole throughout the session. Having both drivers in the top three shows that the team has done a superb job this weekend to dial in the car and follow the evolution of the track. But it was a real team effort today and my thanks also to everyone back at the factories in Brackley and Brixworth."
    Norbert Haug Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport was also very pleased with Michael:

    "What a phenomenal performance from Michael. He was the fastest man on track today when it counted and Michael truly deserves this P1 result. His five-place penalty puts him back on the third row while Nico will start from the front row tomorrow. Inside our team, our belief in Michael was never in danger and this has paid off big time."
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    It was great qualifying this time around for the first time this year everyone was fighting for pole instead of saving tires. It's a shame Schumi won't start first thanks to Johnny Herbert and Damon Hill giving him a penalty in Spain for running into Bruno Senna.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scourge82 Click here to enlarge
    Schumacher claims provisional pole position! But due to his penalty from Barcalona will start 6th. Marc Webber will start first, with Rosberg 2nd and Hamilton 3rd. Full Report to follow.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scourge82 Click here to enlarge
    It was great qualifying this time around for the first time this year everyone was fighting for pole instead of saving tires. It's a shame Schumi won't start first thanks to Johnny Herbert and Damon Hill giving him a penalty in Spain for running into Bruno Senna.
    Heh here is the answer. You are on top of everything!
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    Article: F1 2012 - Mercedes GP - Qualifying Results: Schumacher Claims Pole Position and Rosberg Starts 3rd

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Heh here is the answer. You are on top of everything!
    I try. It should be a great race tomorrow. Nothing like seeing F1 cars going 180 MPH mere inches from the street barriers.
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    F1 2012- Mercedes AMG GP Race Results - Rosberg Claims 2nd Place, While Schumacher Retires

    Make that six different winners in six different races this year. Red Bull's Mark Webber starting on pole position after Schumacher's 5 spot grid penalty claimed the win, holding off a hard charging Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes car. Michael Schumacher had to retire to the pits a few laps before the end of the race with fuel pressure problems.

    At the start of the race Webber and Rosberg maintained their positions and kept them till the end of the race. Rosberg never let the gap grew more than a sec and a half. Within the last 10 laps Rosberg tried attacking, but Webber was able to maintain his lead and keep him behind. Schumacher got off to a blistering start, but before he reached the first corner he was hit by Renault's Grosjean and dropped to 8th. After that he was stuck behind Kimi Raikkonen until the pitstop round. Down by half a minute, Schumacher in clean air was lapping the top 6 almost half a second quicker, but then trouble hit, his fuel pressure was dropping and had to retire after limping for a few laps.

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished third after jumping Lewis Hamilton in the pits. Current Champion Sebastian Vettel finished 5th, while Massa claimed 6th spot.

    For Nico,

    “It’s a fantastic feeling to be on the podium at my home race in Monaco today in front of all my family and friends. “The team have done a really good job this weekend to get the car working so well. Although we thought this track would suit our car, it’s been better than we expected. I had a clean start but Mark drove a very controlled race today. I could keep in touch with him but we all know how difficult it is to overtake around the streets here and there just wasn’t a way past. Still I’m more than happy with second place, and it’s great to get another podium for the boys here, and everyone back at Brackley and Brixworth. I can’t wait to get to Canada now and keep the momentum going.


    After the race Michael said:

    “What can I say? It was simply a pity to end the race in this way. In any case, the fuel pressure problem had nothing to do with the incident at the start. But it made it doubly disappointing because I had secretly been hoping for a podium finish today. I will take the boost from the high points of this weekend with me to Canada. The track should suit us and I’m hoping to have a normal, clean race.
    Ross felt that

    “Nico ran a very good race today and did all he needed to do. I think we made the right calls but nothing opened up for us. It was a race that was about managing gaps and finding the right windows in the traffic; the team did a great job on that. Nico was the first of the front-runners to stop, but the harder tyre took a lap or two to come in and it wasn’t enough to jump Mark.

    As for Michael, he was hit on the run to the opening corner which cost him positions, but was very quick when a fuel pressure problem started to slow him later in the race. We tried to continue but it was costing him too much time, dropped him out of the points and forced us to retire the car. It was very disappointing because he put in a great performance this weekend and he was still on course to score useful points. We need to make sure we eliminate the problems for him, starting in Canada.


    Norbert,

    “It was a strong race for Nico and our team. We were in with a chance of winning until the chequered flag, but Mark did not put a foot wrong all afternoon ahead of Nico. Looking at the results today, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton - who lead Nico in the championship- all finished behind him, and this helped him close the gap at the top of the standings to 17 points. That translates to an average of fewer than three points a race separating Nico from the championship lead after six rounds of the championship. It was a pity for Michael: he clearly demonstrated this weekend that he has the speed to win races but his time will come again, like yesterday when he posted the pole position time.






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    1 Mark Webber Click here to enlarge Red Bull 1:20.839 1:46:06.557 1
    2 Nico Rosberg Click here to enlarge Mercedes 1:20.856 0.600 1
    3 Fernando Alonso Click here to enlarge Ferrari 1:20.386 0.900 1
    4 Sebastian Vettel Click here to enlarge Red Bull 1:19.790 1.300 1
    5 Lewis Hamilton Click here to enlarge McLaren 1:21.372 4.100 1
    6 Felipe Massa Click here to enlarge Ferrari 1:21.900 6.100 1
    7 Paul di Resta Click here to enlarge Force India 1:22.894 41.500 1
    8 Nico Hulkenberg Click here to enlarge Force India 1:22.070 42.500 1
    9 Kimi Raikkonen Click here to enlarge Lotus 1:21.925 44.000 1
    10 Bruno Senna Click here to enlarge Williams 1:21.695 44.500 1
    11 Sergio Perez Click here to enlarge Sauber 1:21.864 1 lap 2
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    14 Timo Glock Click here to enlarge Marussia 1:22.618 1 lap 2
    15 Narain Karthikeyan Click here to enlarge HRT 1:29.251 2 laps 2
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    R Michael Schumacher Click here to enlarge Mercedes RETIRED 15 laps 2
    R Vitaly Petrov Click here to enlarge Caterham RETIRED 63 laps 2
    R Kamui Kobayashi Click here to enlarge Sauber RETIRED 73 laps 2
    R Pastor Maldonado Click here to enlarge Williams RETIRED
    R Pedro de la Rosa Click here to enlarge HRT RETIRED 1
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    Should have had this up earlier but Memorial day and whatnot. Thanks as always @Scourge82
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    Article: F1 2012- Mercedes AMG Monaco GP Race Results - Rosberg Claims 2nd Place, While Schumacher Retires

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Should have had this up earlier but Memorial day and whatnot. Thanks as always @Scourge82
    It's cool man, I was busy getting drunk and BBQ'ing that day too.
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    I'm down for Kimi's win in next race. This season rocked so far!

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    It's cool man, I was busy getting drunk and BBQ'ing that day too.
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    I'm down for Kimi's win in next race. This season rocked so far!
    With how this season is going, I bet Charle Pic will win while Vettel will go winless. Renault has a great car, but their race strategy sucks balls
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