Monthly Archives: May 2014

Data Analysis: Does Jules Bianchi’s Monaco Finish Show Marussia’s True Pace?

At the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix, Marussia’s Jules Bianchi finished in the top 10 for the first time in the team’s history, securing their first world championship points.

Bianchi finished ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen (assisted by the Finn’s ill-advised passing manoeuvre at the hairpin), as well as Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, although a five-second penalty bumped Bianchi behind his countryman in the official classification.


Lewis Hamilton Wrong to Slam Mercedes over Pit Stop Call at Monaco Grand Prix

Mirabeau, Sainte Devote and the Nouvelle Chicane. Those three corners—in three separate moments—sealed Lewis Hamilton’s fate at last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix (if such an ominous phrase can be applied to a second-place finish).

We will get to those three moments, but what is more important is that none of them have anything to do with his team’s pit stops, the timing of which caused Hamilton to blast Mercedes’ strategy on the team radio. And while his frustration at the time was understandable, it was misplaced.

Marussia Finally Scores 1st Formula 1 Points at the Monaco Grand Prix

It took nearly four-and-a-half years, but Marussia finally scored their first world championship points this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. Jules Bianchi finished ninth for the Banbury-based team, making them the first of the new teams who joined Formula One in 2010 to score any points. (CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE AT BLEACHER […]

Monaco Grand Prix: How Each Corner of the Famous Circuit De Monaco Got Its Name

The Monaco Grand Prix is the most famous race on the Formula One calendar…probably the most famous motor race in the world.

The names of the Circuit de Monaco’s corners—Casino Square, Tabac, La Rascasse—evoke a sense of nostalgia and excitement in every racing fan.

But how did all those corners get their names? Casino Square is pretty obvious, but what about Portier, Sainte Devote and Antony Noghes?

Why the Monaco Grand Prix Is Formula 1’s Most Interesting Race

Is the Monaco Grand Prix the most exciting race on the Formula One calendar every season? No, but what race is?

Is it difficult to pass other cars on the principality’s tight, winding streets? You bet—as it should be.

Are there any grands prix that are more interesting than Monaco? No way!

Data Analysis: Was Nico Rosberg Really Quicker Than Lewis Hamilton in Spain?

Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix by 0.636 seconds over his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg. A tight margin after 66 laps to be sure, but Rosberg never really challenged him the way he did in Bahrain.

In the post-race podium interview, though, Hamilton said, “I wasn’t fast enough really today; Nico was quicker. I struggled a lot with the balance and really had to rely on my engineers a lot more to give me the gaps and to try to find where I could find time. … But Nico was just generally quicker this weekend but fortunately I was able to keep him behind.”

Is Ferrari Favouring Fernando Alonso over Kimi Raikkonen?

For much of the 2014 Formula One season, Kimi Raikkonen has struggled to match the pace of his Ferrari teammate, Fernando Alonso. At the Spanish Grand Prix, though, Raikkonen outqualified Alonso and was leading him on track for most of the race.