Moving aside was tough for Nico Rosberg during the Monaco race. According to Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff, Rosberg’s car “was almost like a damaged a car,” and in the end, the team had to make a call to tell Rosberg to let his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, pass him.
Asked if Rosberg had complained or said anything after receiving his orders, Wolff said that Rosberg had “not one single question.” Early on, he was asked to pick up the pace if he was capable of doing so, but after a lap, it was clear that Rosberg’s race is compromised and the team made the call to let Hamilton pass.
Ferrari remains hopeful it can still turn things around this year. Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene admitted that the team had a difficult race weekend in Monaco partly because of poor qualifying performance. The team was then left with an “aggressive race strategy,” which meant intermediate tires had to be used early in race.
Nonetheless, the team is already looking forward to the upcoming race in Canada. More importantly, Ferrari refuses to think that it can no longer win. Arrivabene said, “The season is still very long, and it’s not in the DNA of Ferrari to surrender.”
Max Verstappen apologizes to Red Bull team after the Monaco race. The newly transferred Red Bull driver had apologized to his team after crashing his car at the exit of the Swimming Pool complex during the qualifying session in Monaco. This resulted in an overnight chassis change as well as the need to start from the pitlane during the race.
According to a report from Autosport, Verstappen remarked, “I’m just disappointed in myself because this shouldn’t happen.”
Kimi Raikkonen will not receive penalties after crashing during the Monaco GP. The Ferrari driver’s Monaco race turned miserable when he hit the barrier at lap 10 and broke his car’s front wing. He then continued to drive with his damaged front wing before retiring from the race.
According to a report from ESPN, the stewards were satisfied with Raikkonen’s explanation of the situation that led to incident with Haas driver Romain Grosjean.
According to the stewards, Raikkonen had initially thought he could safely pit in to replace his car’s nose, as confirmed by radio messages with the team. Moreover, Raikkonen also said that he did not see Grosjean’s car prior to them making contact.
Fernando Alonso says that McLaren is “headed in the right direction.” If you ask Alonso, it seems that things are looking up at McLaren Honda. In fact, according to a report from The Checkered Flag, the Spaniard believes they are on the right course to becoming a front runner very soon.
Alonso explained, “We’re still not where we want to be – right at the front, fighting for wins and podiums – but I’m happy about how things are going.”