2010 MONACO GP

Official Press Releases, Communications and Classification of the 2010 FORMULA 1 MONACO GRAND PRIX

 

Monaco GP – Race Results – May 16, 2010

PosNoDriverTeamPoints
16Mark WebberRed Bull Racing25
25Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing18
311Robert KubicaRenault F1 Team15
47Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari Marlboro12
52Lewis HamiltonVodafone McLaren Mercedes10
68Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari Marlboro8
74Nico RosbergMercedes GP Petronas6
814Adrian SutilForce India F1 Team4
915Vitantonio LiuzziForce India F1 Team2
1016Sébastien BuemiScuderia Toro Rosso1
1117Jaime AlguersuariScuderia Toro Rosso
123Michael SchumacherMercedes GP Petronas
1312Vitaly PetrovRenault F1 Team
1420Karun ChandhokHRT F1 Team
1518Jarno TrulliLotus Racing
1619Heikki KovalainenLotus Racing
1721Bruno SennaHRT F1 Team
189Rubens BarrichelloAT&T Williams
1923Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber F1 Team
2025Lucas di GrassiVirgin Racing
2124Timo GlockVirgin Racing
2222Pedro De la RosaBMW Sauber F1 Team
231Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes
2410Nico HulkenbergAT&T Williams

Monaco GP – Race – May 16, 2010

  

BMW Sauber F1

Monaco GP – Race
From 15th and 16th on the grid there wasn’t much expected from the race, but both drivers started well and the situation improved significantly. However, before the first half of the Monaco Grand Prix both cars had retired due to technical problems. 

Weather: sun and clouds, dry, 21-22°C air, 33-38°C track 

Kamui Kobayashi: retired on lap 27 / position 5 / gearbox problem
C29.01 / Ferrari 056
“It is a shame because our race pace was a lot better than our performance in qualifying. I think we again missed a chance to score points. My start was good. The first corner is never easy in Monaco, but it went alright. But then I wasn’t able to shift up anymore. I just looked for a safe place to park the car and that was it.”

Pedro de la Rosa: retired on lap 22 / position 5 / hydraulic problem
C29.03 / Ferrari 056
“Obviously another race I wanted to finish. The car was okay at the beginning. At the start I stayed away from trouble, which was the main target, and then I was taking care of the tyres. We had a split strategy, which I think was good. I was on the softer compound, Kamui on the harder one. I was cruising behind Vitaly Petrov and waiting for my chance to push. But I was alarmed when I had a problem with the quick shift, and when the power steering became heavier and heavier it was clear I had a problem with the hydraulic system.”

James Key, Technical Director:
“A disappointing end to a tough weekend, and one we wouldn’t want to repeat. It was frustrating in many ways because our drivers were being held up in the race, and there was more to come from the car. We felt that a strategic call could help us to overtake some cars ahead. We split the strategies of our cars to take advantage of safety car situations. So we had left our options open for the race, but then we saw on the data that we had a significant increase of hydraulic temperatures on Pedro’s car. Pedro reported that the steering had become particularly heavy. We pitted him and wanted to see what the problem was, but there was clearly a hydraulic pressure problem. We couldn’t diagnose it quickly enough to get him back out again into the race. Just a few laps later there was a gearbox issue on Kamui’s car. He lost a gear and then couldn’t select the next one, which caused him to stop on the track. That problem is currently under investigation. We shall learn what we can from this weekend, but look forward to tracks where we think the car will work better and hope for a much more promising showing in Istanbul.”

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Force India F1

2010 Monaco Grand Prix Report

Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM03/03):
9th

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15, VJM03/04):
10th

16 May 2010 – The Force India F1 Team has secured its first double points finish of the season in today’s Monaco Grand Prix, with Adrian Sutil finishing the incident-filled 78 lap race in ninth position and Tonio Liuzzi under a second behind in tenth.

The result represents the team’s best overall result since its F1 debut in 2008 and brings the 2010 season total so far to 27 points.

Adrian Sutil (car 14)
It was a very good race for us here today. I was P12 on the grid but we had a really great start and I made up two positions on the first lap. We then had a good first stop where I gained a position to be P9 and then I could just do my own race. I had quite a lonely race with a big gap most of the time to the car in front and then the car behind so I was just pacing myself for a lot of the race. I had a very good balance at the end when the grip picked up so I am pretty happy with everything today: ninth position and a few points, we can be quite satisfied with this after the qualifying yesterday.

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15)
It was quite a difficult race with a lot of incidents and safety car periods to deal with, but I like these type of conditions. We were P9 after the start but I think we stopped a couple of laps too early for our tyre change, which just allowed Adrian to pass us when he came in. But as a team we can be very satisfied as we got both cars in the top ten and in the points, which is good for the overall morale of the team. We have really deserved this type of result but for various reasons this is the first time it’s happened. It’s really just the start – we have to try and carry this forward for the rest of the season. We are doing a good job back at the factory and from this point on the circuits should come towards us so we can be positive about the future.

Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal
I am delighted with today’s results. At the start of the season we said we wanted to be regular points’ finishers and to date that’s exactly what we have done, but to do so with two cars is a real step up. Adrian and Tonio drove brilliant races, keeping focussed despite the numerous safety car periods and yellow flags, and really deserved to get in the points. It’s very pleasing to see us keeping pace yet again with the larger teams on merit and we can now take this result away with us, build on it and come back even stronger in Turkey.

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HRT F1

2010 Monaco F1 Grand Prix: HRT F1 Team gains valuable experience in Monaco

Circuit Monaco, Sunday, May 16, 2010
Weather – Sunny – air 22°C, track 35°C
Race 78 laps
Track length 3.340km

Driver (Chassis) Race
Karun Chandhok F110-01 #20 DNF lap 70 – accident
Bruno Senna F110-02 #21 DNF lap 58 Hydraulic problem

It was an eventful Monaco Grand Prix in which the drivers of the Spanish HRT F1 Team, Hispania Racing, Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna gained valuable experience, if narrowly missing out on seeing the chequered flag. Both drivers had good starts and kept out of trouble driving consistent races and making good progress throughout the afternoon.

Bruno Senna was forced to retire on lap 58 with a hydraulic problem. Karun Chandhok’s hopes of seeing the chequered flag were lost when he was hit by Jarno Trulli on lap 70 at La Rascasse. The pair were battling for 14th position at the time.

Dr. Colin Kolles, team principal, commented: “As anticipated, it was a difficult race for us, but we all put in a great effort and came close to seeing both cars make the finish. Unfortunately, Bruno Senna retired with a hydraulic failure on lap 58 while Karun Chandhok walked away from an accident at the Rascasse corner. It was a real pity as it would have been possible to finish 13th by that point and was just four laps from the chequered flag. We are the best classified of the new teams. I am disappointed for the team that we narrowly didn’t finish our race and because the accident happened under blue flag. We look ahead to the next race and are determined to bounce back in different conditions. Both drivers did a very good job”.

Karun Chandhok commented: “I am extremely frustrated by the outcome of the race. Jarno hit me out of nowhere but he has apologized for the incident. We were looking good to finish in thirteenth position but we are still the best of the new teams. It has been my strongest race of the season. We had a good start and managed to jump both Di Grassi and Trulli during the pitstop. After that I was catching Senna until he retired, and was cruising to the end. This is a big disappointment for the whole team – as this would have classified us in tenth position. It is hard to take for the team and me, however we can be happy with our performance today”.

Bruno Senna commented: “The team made a good call for me to make a tyre stop on lap 2 under the safety car. It worked well and I had a great run through the race, pushing when I needed to and managing the tyres so that they would survive more or less an entire race distance. We could have finished 13th but instead, a hydraulic problem put me out a few laps before the end. None the less, I was really happy with my performance today and that of my team. We managed to punch above our weight today and we will try to continue that until we are able to upgrade our car”.

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Lotus Racing F1

STRONG RACE COMES TO AN EARLY END

Monaco, 16th May 2010

Lotus Racing leave Monaco with mixed emotions after a very impressive display during the race came to an early end for both cars with only a few laps remaining. Despite this, the team demonstrated impressive pace throughout the race, making good on the promise shown in practice and qualifying, and will see the race as another step forward in experience and performance.

Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus Cosworth T127-01, retired lap 59) “It was a fantastic race right from the beginning. I had a bit of a struggle at the restarts to get the tyres up to temperature, but once I got everything working I was able to almost keep up with the Renault. I was pushing very hard, and the car felt fantastic – the balance was really good. Just before I retired I could feel the steering alignment was a bit uneven – on the right hand corners I had to use maximum lock, even in the tunnel, and it got the point where it didn’t feel safe anymore. In Monaco you can’t take a risk with it so I came in. It was a mechanical issue, but despite that I’m really pleased with today. We again showed we’re firmly the best of the new teams and we are nearly there with the next group, so I think we just need to keep attacking, and that’s how we’ll achieve results.”

Jarno Trulli (Lotus Cosworth T127-03: Classified 15th) “This wasn’t a great weekend for me. After we had a problem with the wheelgun in the pitstop I was stuck behind the HRTs and trying to find room to overtake – in the last lap Karun seemed slow through the second and third sector, and I’d seen he was leaving room at Rascasse, so I tried to get through but we touched and that was that – the end of the race. It was one of those things – a racing incident, but I still feel like we’re going in the right direction as a team, and I want to put the bad luck behind me when we get back on track in Turkey.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “This was our strongest performance yet compared to the midfield, so obviously mixed emotions for where we finished. Heikki had a very strong race and in the middle his performance was particularly good compared to the midfield group. It’s a shame we had a problem on his car – the steering joint failed, something we’ve not seen before – but overall it was a very positive weekend for him. For Jarno, he had a much more difficult weekend, clearly struggling with the balance of the car and I think as a team we have to take a look at everything to be able to do a better job for him. Obviously he was compromised by the slow pitstop, which dropped him down the field and affected his whole race. He was capable of going much faster and when he made the move he unfortunately fell victim to the nature of the Monaco circuit. So I leave feeling pleased we showed such good pace, and we move on to Turkey.”

Tony Fernandes: “I take a lot of positives from the race today and it was another one where we had at least one car classified. Most importantly Heikki made a great step forward and it was fantastic watching him race with Petrov. He and the whole team felt it was the best race of the season for him and that boosts confidence further for the season ahead. We’ve got some more new parts coming which will continue to take us forward, and hopefully Jarno’s luck will turn, but even with that we’re all pleased. It’s also great to see so many of our fans out around the track – hopefully we gave them some good racing today, and in years to come we’ll give them some good results as well.”

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Mercedes GP Petronas

2010 MONACO GRAND PRIX – MONTE CARLO – 16 MAY

RACE

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished the Monaco Grand Prix in seventh and twelfth places respectively today following an action-packed race around the Monte Carlo streets.

With Nico starting from sixth and Michael from seventh place on the grid, both drivers lost a position to Rubens Barrichello at the start which compromised their pace in the early part of the race. Michael made his pit stop on lap 19 with excellent work by the team’s pit crew enabling him to jump ahead of Rubens who pitted at the same time. Nico stayed out, taking advantage of a gap in the traffic to put in some flying laps, and made his stop on lap 28 to rejoin just behind his team-mate.

Michael crossed the finish line in sixth place after overtaking Fernando Alonso on the final lap of the race when the team believed that the track had gone green and racing had resumed after the fourth and final safety car period. Michael subsequently received a 20 second time penalty from the stewards after the race which the team is now appealing.

Drivers Car No. Chassis No. Race Result / Fastest Lap
Nico Rosberg 4 MGP W01 / 02 P7 1:15.959
Michael Schumacher 3 MGP W01 / 01 P12 1:15.580

Weather Sunny
Temperatures Air: 21-22°C Track: 32-38°C

NICO ROSBERG
“My expectations for this weekend were very high and therefore I am disappointed that we could only achieve seventh place. We had the speed for a front row position in qualifying and that should have given us the opportunity for a podium finish. In the race, I was able to manage my tyres well and put in quick laps once the cars ahead of me pitted and the track was clear. That was important for me to show that we were competitive here. I would like to say a big thank you to my team for their hard work this weekend and for preparing the best car of the season so far. It was crucial to get points and we will keep positive and look ahead to the next races.”

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER
“My race today would have been pretty normal without the decision of the stewards afterwards. The start was interesting and it actually went according to plan. I managed to have a good pull-away but then I was a bit stuck and was caught by Rubens. So I had to wait for the opportunity to overtake and the team played it brilliantly. The crew was fantastic and thus the pit stop got me in front of him. The result in the very end, which put me back to twelfth place for now, was obviously disappointing for me and I can fully understand that we are appealing the decision. Our understanding was that the ‘safety car in, track clear’ message meant we were back to racing conditions, so I went for it and overtook Fernando.”

ROSS BRAWN
“For parts of the race today, we were able to demonstrate the potential of the car here which was very frustrating considering what happened in qualifying. Losing a place to Rubens at the start with both drivers made it very difficult for us and we couldn’t run at our full pace which is the usual problem around Monaco where overtaking is so difficult. Thereafter Michael and Nico drove very well this afternoon. Nico was particularly impressive with a clear track and was the fastest car out there at that time. However the windows didn’t quite open for us today. It shows the subtlety of Monaco, you can have a fast car but if it’s not in the right place, then you can’t do anything with it. I would like to compliment our team on the fastest pit stop of the race which was crucial to get Michael out ahead of Rubens.

“With regard to the penalty given to Michael, we believed that the track had gone green and the race was not finishing under a safety car when article 40.13 clearly would have applied. The reason for the safety car had been removed, the FIA had announced ‘Safety Car in this lap’ early on lap 78 and the track had been declared clear by race control. This was further endorsed when the marshals showed green flags and lights after safety car line one. On previous occasions when it has been necessary to complete a race under a safety car, full course yellows are maintained, as in Melbourne 2009. On the last lap, we therefore advised our drivers that they should race to the line and Michael made his move on Fernando for sixth place. We have appealed the decision of the stewards.”

NORBERT HAUG
“To start with the positives, we showed good speed here in Monaco, our best of the season so far, and hopefully we can take this forward into the next races. It was therefore bad that we had traffic problems during Q3 yesterday in addition to some self-inflicted issues. Today we suffered when Michael and Nico got stuck behind a slower car. Once Nico and Michael were in clean air, they showed good pace. Now we will concentrate on the next race in Turkey and hopefully we can develop a performance in Istanbul in two weeks time that will be as competitive as we could have been here in Monaco.”

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Red Bull F1

 

Coming soon..

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Renault F1 Team

2010 Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday

Robert Kubica, P3
Fastest lap: 1:15.353
Started race on option
Pit stop: Lap 21, time in pits: 25.801s, (prime)

Robert: Finishing third in Monaco is a super result for us after an excellent weekend. Nobody was expecting us to finish on the podium here, but we were up at the front all weekend and the whole team really deserves this result. It’s also a great performance by Renault engines to fill the top three steps of the podium. At the start of the race I lost a place to Sebastian, but I knew it was always going to be difficult starting from the dirty side of the track. Normally I would have defended the position, but Mark got quite a slow pull-away from the line and I thought I might have a chance to overtake him. Unfortunately I got some wheelspin and it was too late to close the door to Sebastian, and I also had to defend from Felipe. In the race we had excellent pace and I think I was a bit quicker than Sebastian on the prime tyres, especially after the restarts, which shows the progress we continue to make as a team and is very encouraging for the next few races.

Vitaly Petrov, DNF
Fastest lap: 1.16.405
Started race on option
Pit stop 1: Lap 21, time in pits: 27.507s (prime) / Pit Stop 2: Lap 30, time in pits: 31.669s (prime)

Vitaly: It’s a bit disappointing not to make the finish of the race but I felt something wrong at the rear so the team decided to stop me with a few laps to go. Unfortunately my race was also affected by a puncture, which cost me a lot of time and put me a lap down. The start of the race was not too bad and I made up a few positions, but we didn’t make up as many positions during the pit stops as we hoping to and we need to understand why this was the case. Still, I completed most of the race and this is more good experience for me. Hopefully I can come back to Monaco next year and score some points.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal
To get a podium here in Monaco is a great result for Robert and the team. Starting on the front row we certainly had high expectations and we are all very happy with this third place. Robert drove a fantastic race and the performance of the car was very strong, which allowed us to keep the pressure on Red Bull and stay ahead of the other teams. I’d like to say a big well done to the whole team who can be very proud of their hard work recently, which has contributed to this result. And of course, it’s great to see three Renault engines on the podium. As for Vitaly, his race was made difficult after his accident in qualifying yesterday, but things became even tougher when he got a puncture, which ended his hopes of points. Looking ahead to Turkey, we will keep pushing hard with our development, which is really starting to pay off. The car has shown its’ strengths on slow, bumpy tracks and we need to work hard to be as quick on the upcoming circuits. Overall I’m very happy with how things are progressing.

Alan Permane, Chief Race Engineer
Although it’s great to finish on the podium, there is a little bit of frustration that we lost a place to Vettel at the start because the car was very quick today. Certainly on the prime tyres I think we were as quick as him but, as we all know, it’s almost impossible to overtake at Monaco and we had to settle for third place. Vitaly’s race was spoiled by a right rear puncture, which meant he had to drive almost three quarters of a lap on three wheels and that made it very difficult for him to recover. Looking ahead to Turkey, we’ve got some more aerodynamic updates coming and hopefully we can build on the momentum of today’s result.

Rémi Taffin, Head of Engine Operations
We have finished on the podium in Monaco, which is a great result after the hard work by the team and drivers this weekend. Unfortunately, Robert lost a place at the start and despite his best efforts we remained in this position until the finish. Vitaly did his best, but he was the victim of a puncture and then had to retire with a technical problem near the end of the race. I also want to say big congratulations to Renault engines for their 1-2-3 today. On the engine side there were no concerns with our V8s, one of which completed its’ second race and the other its’ third.

Race Fact: Last time Renault engines filled the podium was the 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix when Renault engines finished in the first four places. The last 1-2-3 was the 1997 British Grand Prix.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso

STEWARDS MAKE A POINT (FOR BUEMI)

 

Sebastien Buemi (STR5-02) Pos. 10th
“It was a good race for me in the sense that I was able to finish without any accidents or technical problems and I finished ahead of my team-mate and it’s great to also get my first point, even if I did not take it on the track. Maybe we could have done a little bit better with a slightly different strategy, as I was doing some good lap times, but after I pitted, I found myself behind Liuzzi and then I was eleventh throughout. It was not a particularly exciting race for me: at the start, as Hulkenberg didn’t get off the line, it meant I had a better run when the lights went out and my only worry was when I ran over some debris from Barrichello’s accident. I expect we should be competitive in Turkey in two weeks time.”

Jaime Alguersuari (STR5-03) Pos. 11th
“On Saturday, my qualifying did not go well, as I ended up seventeenth, so the main objective today was to finish the race, and gain experience for next year in Monaco. You cannot expect more on this track as it is very hard to overtake, especially as the man ahead of me was my team-mate, so you cannot take such a risk. I only had one little moment, when I spun at turn 1, but it didn’t lose me a position. On the plus side both our cars finished the race, which in itself is an achievement here. Now, I just want to try and do better in Turkey, which will be another new track for me.”

Franz Tost: “First of all, congratulations to Red Bull Racing for a fantastic job: to finish first and second in Monaco is really exciting and something special. As for ourselves, our race here was compromised by our qualifying performance, as everyone knows overtaking is quite difficult here. Therefore, I did not expect much more than this result. We can take some satisfaction for getting both cars to the finish at this difficult circuit. It was also very important for Sebastien as because of some bad luck at the previous races, today’s result was his first finish of the season and thanks to another driver’s penalty he also secured his first point and an additional one for the team. Jaime will also benefit from his 78 laps this afternoon, which will be good experience for him when he returns next year. Now, we hope to put ourselves into points scoring positions on a more regular basis, starting in Turkey at the next round.”

 

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AT&T Williams F1

MONACO GRAND PRIX RACE

SUNDAY 16 MAY, 2010

The AT&T Williams team return home from the Monaco Grand Prix empty handed as both FW32s suffered mechanical issues during today’s race. Relegated to the back of the grid after a clutch paddle failure at the start of the formation lap, Nico Hulkenberg’s race ended in the tunnel on lap one when his car suffered a component failure on the front wing. Rubens Barrichello had a strong start to the race, gaining three places as the lights went green to run in sixth, but retired on lap 30 following a failure on the rear of his car. The team will be investigating the cause of both retirements ahead of Istanbul.

Rubens Barrichello:
What happened today was a real surprise. I had such a good start but the car started to feel really strange after the pitstop. The steering wheel, in particular, didn’t feel normal. The problem continued to get worse and then I crashed. We now have to investigate the car to find out what the problem was.

Nico Hulkenberg:
I didn’t have a good start, obviously. There was a problem with the clutch before the start of the formation lap which meant I had to start from the back. I’m then not entirely sure what happened in the tunnel. The car felt odd one minute and the next I was in the wall. I am really disappointed not to have completed the race and get the mileage under my belt, but that’s life.

Sam Michael, Technical Director:
That was not a good day for the team after a promising start for Rubens. Nico had a problem with the clutch paddle on the steering wheel during the formation lap. He then had a failure with the front wing mounting on the first lap of the race. Rubens had a fantastic start and was running in sixth when he started to experience poor handling after his stop. 11 laps after his pitstop, he had a failure at the rear end of his car. We need to get all the parts back to the factory in order to identify correctly what components on both cars caused the failures. We have quite a bit of car damage to repair, but we’re making progress with performance and look to further that in Istanbul.

Race Result

Position Driver Team Time Fastest Lap Grid Position
1 M Webber Red Bull Racing 1:50:.13.355 1:15.318 (2nd) 1
2 S Vettel Red Bull Racing +0.448 1:15.192 (1st) 3
3 R Kubica Renault +1.675 1:15.353 (3rd) 2
DNF R Barrichello AT&T Williams n/a 1:19.074 (16th) 9
DNF N Hulkenberg AT&T Williams n/a n/a 11

 

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Bridgestone Motorsport

Bridgestone Motorsport’s Monaco Grand Prix Report

Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) has proved peerless with a superb performance to win the Monaco Grand Prix with a super soft – medium Bridgestone Potenza tyre strategy on the streets of Monte Carlo.

Webber finished just ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel after the end of the fourth safety car period. Renault F1 Team driver Robert Kubica finished in third. The top three drivers were all on the same tyre strategy.

Hiroshi Yasukawa – Director of Bridgestone Motorsport, says “Once more this wonderful, historic location of Monaco has provided Formula One with an excellent race and we are proud of the performance of our tyres which added to the spectacle today. Many spectators here and television viewers around the world were rewarded with a fantastic sporting event. We enjoy a good relationship with the people of Monaco and our signage has always been very prominent here. It shows the brand name of Bridgestone strongly on televisions and newspapers everywhere. Congratulations to Mark Webber and Red Bull for their consecutive win, and also to Renault who powered all three podium finishers.”

Hirohide Hamashima – Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development, says “Today I am proud to say that both compounds of Bridgestone Potenzas performed very well and a variety of strategies were possible. The medium compound was so strong. It provided good lap times right up to the end of the race, even when it had been used for 77 laps as in the case of Fernando Alonso, who achieved a good result after starting from the pit lane. The super soft compound also showed praiseworthy performance, even with the heavy fuel loads at the start of the race. We could see from the pace of Nico Rosberg before his pit stop that this tyre could have been used for longer stints than we generally saw. We always expect transverse graining on the rear tyres here, due to the traction demands of the circuit layout, but we were surprised at how well our tyres resisted this. The drivers should have got good satisfaction from our tyres today, and I am happy with this.”

Monaco GP – Qualifying – May 15, 2010

PosNoDriverTeam
16Mark WebberRed Bull Racing
211Robert KubicaRenault F1 Team
35Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing
47Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari Marlboro
52Lewis HamiltonVodafone McLaren Mercedes
64Nico RosbergMercedes GP Petronas
73Michael SchumacherMercedes GP Petronas
81Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes
99Rubens BarrichelloAT&T Williams
1015Vitantonio LiuzziForce India F1 Team
1110Nico HulkenbergAT&T Williams
1214Adrian SutilForce India F1 Team
1316Sébastien BuemiScuderia Toro Rosso
1412Vitaly PetrovRenault F1 Team
1522Pedro De la RosaBMW Sauber F1 Team
1623Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber F1 Team
1717Jaime AlguersuariScuderia Toro Rosso
1819Heikki KovalainenLotus Racing
1918Jarno TrulliLotus Racing
2024Timo GlockVirgin Racing
2125Lucas di GrassiVirgin Racing
2221Bruno SennaHRT F1 Team
2320Karun ChandhokHRT F1 Team
248Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari Marlboro

 

Monaco GP – Qualifying Session – May 15, 2010

  

BMW Sauber F1

Monaco GP – Qualifying
Despite the drivers being happy with the set-up changes made to the car since Thursday, it was still a tough qualifying for the team. Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi qualified 15th and 16th respectively.

Weather: Sun and clouds, dry, 19-21°C air, 25-38°C track

Pedro de la Rosa:

C29.03 / Ferrari 056

Qualifying: 15th / 1.15.692 min (in Q2) / 3rd Practice: 18th / 1:16.696 min (23 laps)

“Fifteenth doesn’t sound fantastic, but actually I’m satisfied of what we did. We have changed the car a lot since the first practice and the set-up and balance are as good as possible. Qualifying here was never meant to be an easy one for us. We still struggle in the low speed corners, but we did a good in qualifying. I gave everything I have and the team did very well. We now have to concentrate on the race and finish it.”

Kamui Kobayashi:

C29.01 / Ferrari 056

Qualifying: 16th / 1.15.992 min (in Q2) / 3rd Practice: 17th / 1:16.664 min (26 laps)

“It is really hard for us, and probably our hardest weekend of the season. Monaco is exceptional. I expect us to perform a lot better in Istanbul. I find it tough here. However, on this circuit anything can happen in the race and I will try my hardest to make the most of any chance I might get.”

James Key, Technical Director:

“Ultimately a bit disappointing where we are after Barcelona, but this was always going to be a more difficult circuit for us. The competition was very, very close, within a few tenths, and I think that the car had those extra tenths in it. But with the traffic and all the difficulties in qualifying, unfortunately on the last run we just couldn’t quite put the sectors together to be closer to the top ten. It’s very tight, and we have to keep it as clean as possible tomorrow, bring the cars home and make the best of our position.”

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Force India F1

2010 Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report

Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM03/03):
FP3: 9th 1:15.659 (13 laps)
Q1: 7th 1:15.445 (8 laps)
Q2: 12th 1:15.318 (10 laps)

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15, VJM03/04):
FP3: 11th 1:15.691 (19 laps)
Q1: 6th 1:15.397 (9 laps)
Q2: 8th 1:15.061 (10 laps)
Q3: 10th 1:15.170 (8 laps)
15 May 2010 – The Force India F1 Team will start tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix with both cars inside the top 12. Tonio Liuzzi put in his best qualifying showing since the Malaysian Grand Prix to put the VJM03 tenth, while Adrian Sutil had a more difficult session and will start 12th.

Both drivers easily made the cut for Q2 as they anticipated traffic and stayed out for just one long run each. Tonio posted the sixth quickest time of the opening segment, while Adrian was seventh fastest. In Q2, Tonio put together the eighth best lap, however Adrian was unlucky to be caught in traffic and then have his tyre preparation for his potential fastest lap ruined with yellow flags. In Q3 Tonio had a relatively smooth run to secure his fourth top 13 start of the season and his joint-best Saturday performance since Sepang.
Adrian Sutil (car 14)
Today was a difficult session as the car was very fast but I just couldn’t manage to get any lap in Q2. There was a lot of traffic and then the Renault crash in turn one came just at the wrong time and hit me quite badly. I’m quite disappointed as when I did get some clear air my tyres were cold and the lap I did was not enough. We just missed getting to Q3 but it should still be a good race. P12 is right in the middle of the field and I like the circuit, the car feels good and I’m going to try my best to get some points tomorrow. You never know what can happen here.

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15)
It’s been a good day for us, Q3 was definitely the target and we got it, which is really great after the last two difficult qualifying sessions. I think we could even have got P9 as I was going quicker on the last lap but just locked up into the chicane and lost a little bit. But I love Monaco – it’s such a special event – and it’s good to start so high up. Being in the top 10 puts us in a strong position for tomorrow’s race as overtaking is so difficult to do here. We are positive we can fight for points this race, which is the most important for the team at this point in the season.

Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal
Tonio had a very strong qualifying and really deserved to be in the top 10. He has had some issues with traffic in the past but today he and the team negotiated it well and he was able to get the most out of the car. Adrian was not so lucky with the traffic however P12 in Monaco is still quite a promising position to start the race from. We could see a double points finish from where we are, this has got to be the aim, so we’ll put everything into making it happen.

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HRT F1

Qualifying debut for HRT F1 Team, Hispania Racing in the streets of Monaco

11.00 – 12.00 FORMULA ONE PRACTICE SESSION 3
Bruno Senna F110-02 #21 22nd (25 laps) 1.19.720
Karun Chandhok F110-01 #20 23rd (21 laps) 1.19.781

14.00 – 15.00 FORMULA ONE QUALIFYING
Bruno Senna F110-02 #21 22nd (12 laps) 1.18.509
Karun Chandhok F110-01 #20 23rd (14 laps) 1.19.559

Saturday, May 15, 2010. Monaco.

HRT F1 Team, Hispania Racing today completed qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, the sixth qualifying session of the Spanish team’s first F1 season.
Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna kept their cars out of trouble in the notoriously difficult and unforgiving streets of Monaco clocking best times of 1.19.559 and 1.18.509 respectively.
In the morning third practice session, Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna were able to fulfil their entire program and drove 46 laps. Chandhok was the first out onto the circuit this afternoon. The drivers will start from 22nd position for Bruno Senna and 23rd position for Karun Chandhok ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Dr Colin Kolles commented: “Before the third session, we changed some parts and the gearbox on Bruno Senna’s car and we could see clear improvements that reduced the difference to the leading time. In qualifying, times improved from the morning session. Overall, to avoid the walls and to bring the car home in one piece to qualify in Monaco is one of the toughest exercises for a driver and I am pleased with our result.”

Karun Chandhok commented: “I am mystified by the lack of pace. It is a bit confusing considering our relative pace in practice both today and on Thursday. I will sit with my engineers tonight and try to understand why we are losing so much time. They are now looking at the differential to try and understand the time deficit to the other cars. We have a 78 lap race tomorrow, so a really long one and we will do the best we can.”

Bruno Senna commented: ” Today was a good day. For a while I have been struggling with a lack of performance in high speed corners and I would like to thank the team for working tirelessly to analyse and trace that issue. With some new parts for today my car came back to life and I could drive more naturally with confidence again in qualifying. We are working hard with what we’re have and I am hopeful of a brighter future.”

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Lotus Racing F1

Lotus Racing put on a very strong show in Monaco today, in both the final practice, and the afternoon’s qualifying session, closing the gap to the established teams still further, and finishing Q3 less than one second behind Kamui Kobayashi’s Williams. The day started well with Heikki finishing final practice under three seconds from the leading cars, despite not running the option tyres due to a gearbox issue that curtailed his final run. At the end of qualifying the team made good on the performance it showed in the morning, Heikki Kovalainen finishing 18th and Jarno Trulli 19th, firmly at the head of the new teams on track.

Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus Cosworth T127-01, FP3: 19th, 1.17.782, 18 laps / Qualifying: 18th, 1.17.094, 11 laps) “The first run was very good so on the second run I decided to go for it, take some risks and see what happened. The gap to the next car was about 0.9 so I thought if I really nailed a lap we might break into Q2, but to be really honest it was a bit out of control and it was just going over the edge and it became untidy. In the end I was able to put myself ahead of all the other new teams so I think that’s fine.”

Jarno Trulli (Lotus Cosworth T127-03: FP3: 20th, 1.17.865, 26 laps / Qualifying: 19th, 1.17.134, 12 laps) “It was a bit difficult out there today as I’d lost quite a lot of track time yesterday, which meant my last setup change was right before qualifying. Despite that, I did my best out there and we are much closer than a lot of people expected to the cars ahead. We have also shown a good improvement from where we started the season, so I’m reasonably happy with where we are.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “A good day out there for us. We took another step forward in performance terms, showing in final practice and in qualifying that the upgrades we brought to the last race, combined with a good engine package, continue to help us close the gap to the teams ahead, this time to under three seconds. In qualifying I think we did as well as we could have hoped for – Heikki put in a very strong lap early on, and Jarno did the same at the end of the session to take us further away from the other new teams, so I’m very pleased.”

Tony Fernandes: “I’m very happy, and I know I keep saying that after every qualifying session. Today we again finished best of the new teams but there was a real drive from Heikki and Jarno to try and get into Q2. In the past few races there’s been an inevitability that we’re not going to get there, but today there was a real belief that we had a chance, which caused Heikki to push really hard. He spun, but that showed that he was pushing. So it’s been good today – to be 2.3 seconds away from the best time in Q1 is something we should all be proud about. It’s also important that the whole team is very pumped up, they feel like we’re making progress every race and after six races morale is very high.

“Looking forward to tomorrow, anything can happen here – obviously from where we’re starting we need to make up seven places to get a point, and that’s quite a hard task, but who knows, we may be able to spring a surprise. The drivers are very pumped up, we’re learning a lot about the car, and after six races we are clearly moving forward and closer to the pack. Well done to Heikki, Jarno and the whole team.”  

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Mercedes GP Petronas

2010 MONACO GRAND PRIX MONTE CARLO

15 MAY

QUALIFYING

MERCEDES GP PETRONAS drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher will start the Monaco Grand Prix from sixth and seventh positions respectively after today’s qualifying hour around the streets of Monte Carlo.

With 23 cars fighting for position on the 3.340km street circuit, Nico and Michael needed just one run on the prime tyre in Q1 to progress through to the second session. Switching to the option tyres, Nico set the quickest time of Q2 during his first run, whilst Michael completed two runs and ended the session in seventh position.

The pair went out for one run on the options in Q3 but both drivers struggled to have a good lap with Nico qualifying in sixth position and Michael just 0.046s down from his team-mate in seventh position.

Drivers Car No. Chassis No. Practice 3 Qualifying 1 Qualifying 2 Qualifying 3
Nico Rosberg 4 MGP W01 / 02 P7 P5 1:15.188 P1 1:14.375 P6 1:14.544
Michael Schumacher 3 MGP W01 / 01 P6 P11 1:15.649 P7 1:14.691 P7 1:14.590

Weather Warm and sunny
Temperatures Air: 18-20°C Track: 35-39°C

NICO ROSBERG
“My pace has been really good here throughout the weekend and in the first two qualifying sessions today, so it was a disappointing result to only qualify in sixth position. I was hopeful of competing for the front row after our performance in Q2 but the final session just didn’t work out for us today. I had a lot of traffic to overcome and made a mistake on what should have been my fastest lap. Unfortunately the tyres were not at their best then for the final quick lap. It’s difficult to make up positions in the race here as overtaking is almost impossible. However you never know what can happen and we will work hard to try and finish in a better position tomorrow.

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER
“Qualifying confirmed that the gaps between the teams are smaller here but not small enough to really get some profit out of it, which is what we would have wished obviously. We all had some concerns about qualifying because of the number of cars but I have to say that from my point of view, everybody did a great job. I had a clean situation most of the time, except for once unintentionally with Nico. I think we got out of the car what we could today and the positive news is that I am on the inside which is a good starting position and our starts have gone well recently. So we can at least hope to make up one or two positions for the race.”

ROSS BRAWN
“We had the chance for a better position today so we are disappointed with our performance in the final qualifying session. We didn’t quite get the track and the tyres together at the right time for both drivers and we didn’t keep them well enough informed of their relative track positions in Q3. The performance in Q2, particularly from Nico, is more indicative of what we should have been fighting for and it is obviously frustrating that we didn’t realise that potential. However the car is going well here in Monaco and it is a long race tomorrow so we are still in a reasonable position to have a good outcome to the weekend.”

NORBERT HAUG
“Not the qualifying results that we wanted to achieve here in Monaco. Nico posted the fastest time in Q2 with just a single outing which proved that our speed is there. Traffic in Q2 for both Nico and Michael, and a slight mistake in Nico’s only fast lap he could do under these circumstances, made it impossible to get better places on the grid than sixth and seventh. We certainly had the speed to end up in row one or two but could not use it as planned. This was today and tomorrow can possibly be a different story. Lots of things can happen during the race on this traditional street circuit and we certainly will not give up too early.”

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Red Bull F1

 

RED BULL ROLLS A SIX IN MONACO (SIX OUT OF SIX POLES SO FAR THIS SEASON)

Car 6 MARK WEBBER, Position: POLE POSITION

“It’s a sensational feeling to be on pole in Monaco. It’s a vicious venue in terms of punishment for mistakes. It felt like I found another gear in terms of confidence in the car today, I knew how important it was to nail a good lap because of the competition. The last thing I wanted was to be sitting on row three or four of the grid. When you’re concentrating that hard and you’re putting everything on the edge like that your heart rate goes so high! Then you have that horrible wait when everyone else is finishing their laps and you can’t do any more. It’s a special day. I know every team works hard, but our guys were here at 5am this morning to work on some things, so this pole is a credit to them. I hope we can convert it to a good finish tomorrow.”

Car 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 3rd

“Even though there were only ten cars on track I got a little bit of traffic, which was quite a surprise. It wasn’t ideal to use the tyres properly, they came in nicely but when there was the peak I couldn’t use it. I got space in the end, but obviously the lap time wasn’t enough. All in all, it’s a good result for the team, congratulations to them and also to Renault; it’s great for them to have the top three cars on the grid. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, it’s a long race and a lot of things can happen.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER: “A great team result. Six out of six poles is quite an achievement and they’re evenly distributed between the drivers. Mark found a good rhythm and a good gap on track to set a time that was remarkably quick. Sebastian was only a tenth off a front row lock out, but third on the grid is a good place to be starting here. It’s important that we convert today’s result into a good points haul tomorrow. It’s testimony to the hard work that’s going on from the whole team to achieve this performance and I’d also like to congratulate Renault on a one-two-three.”

(Renault) FABRICE LOM: “A superb result. A sixth pole position is very good, especially at Monaco, which is a special venue. We know that here power is nothing but that drivability and all the other engine qualities are important. We have three Renaults in the top three starting places and are very proud of all the work that’s been done at the factory and the track to improve the drivability and the efficiency of our engine. We can see it works for both teams, Red Bull and Renault. Congratulations to Kubica for his good lap and let’s hope we get a perfect result tomorrow.”

Practice 3 Sebastian Vettel: P5, Best Time: 1:15.046, Laps: 26, Chassis 3

Mark Webber: P3, Best Time: 1:14.945, Laps: 25, Chassis 4

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Renault F1 Team

2010 Monaco Grand Prix, Saturday

FREE PRACTICE 3
Robert Kubica, R30-03, P1, 1:14.806, 25 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R30-02, P15, 1:16.240, 26 laps

QUALIFYING

Robert Kubica, R30-03, P2, 1:14.120

Robert: Second on the grid at Monaco is a great result for us. The car has been great all weekend and I think we got the most from it today. We took a different approach to the session and saved two sets of option tyres for Q3 so I could do two runs on new tyres. On the final lap of my second run I did a very quick first sector, but for the second half of the lap the tyres were already gone so I struggled for grip and could only match my earlier lap time. When you come so close to pole, you are always a bit disappointed to miss out, but I think we can be very happy with our performance because we are in a great position to have a strong race tomorrow.

Vitaly Petrov, R30-02, P14 1:15.576

Vitaly: The balance of the car is quite good here in Monaco and we made quite big changes in time for qualifying so I think it would have been possible to make Q3 today. But unfortunately in Q2 I was struggling with the brake balance and my front tyres were locking all the time. I tried to change the brake balance to the rear, but it was too much for my first flying lap and the rear locked, I spun and touched the wall. For tomorrow my target will be to finish the race. It’s very difficult to make up ground at the start, but anything can happen so hopefully I can score some points.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal
Robert’s second place today is a great result for the team after an awesome qualifying session. The car has been very quick throughout all the sessions and this performance confirms the progress we have made recently. It’s also a great to see three Renault engines in the first three places. Obviously we are a bit disappointed for Vitaly because he has done a good job all weekend and was looking on course to make Q3. It’s a reminder that it’s very easy to get caught out in Monaco. We are now looking forward to an exciting race tomorrow and hopefully coming away with a great result.

Alan Permane, Chief Race Engineer
To qualify on the front row here is an excellent result for the team. The car has been working well all weekend and Robert has been exceptional. Starting near the front is very important at Monaco so today’s result is especially rewarding. It’s also nice to see three Renault engines at the front and we are looking forward to racing the Red Bulls tomorrow. Vitaly will start in 14th and was unfortunate to get caught out at the first corner in Q2 because he was looking competitive and would have been very close to making Q3. I’m sure he will race hard tomorrow and hopefully challenge for some points.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso

24 Car (d) Stud at the Casino

 Sebastien Buemi: “I am a little bit disappointed, because I had hoped to do a bit better, maybe getting into Q3, based on what I had done in this morning’s practice. So, if you don’t get the maximum out of the car, you cannot be satisfied. I did not have too much trouble with traffic, but I don’t think we managed well the situation regarding the change of temperature between the morning and the afternoon, which meant the tyres were working a bit differently. My aim tomorrow will be to get into the points, which means getting ahead of at least three cars. It’s a very long race here, so before doing that, the most important element will be to make sure we get to the finish. On the positive side, our pace over a long run has been good so far this weekend.”

Jaime Alguersuari: “I can be satisfied with the fact that I tried my best, but I’m not happy about how much traffic I met on every lap, especially on the last run, when I really had to back off in the last two corners, which means my day ended in Q2. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race, which will be very long and to a certain extent on this very special track, my main aim will be to finish, as that will give me plenty of experience for next year.”

Giorgio Ascanelli: “There’s not much to say after today’s qualifying. I would not describe it as disappointing, because when all is said and done, this is Monaco which sets its own challenge. In Jaime’s case, it was his first time here in a Formula 1 car and he struggled a bit and Sebastien’s result shows pretty much where we are. We did not get it completely right, but then nobody really does here and we had our share of traffic and mistakes, but it was not a major drama.”

Sebastien Buemi(STR5-02) FP3: Best lap 1.15.537, pos. 8th, 22 laps
Qualifying: Best lap 1.15.413, pos. 13th
Jaime Alguersuari(STR5-03) FP3: Best lap 1.15.769, pos. 12th, 27 laps
Qualifying: Best lap 1.16.176, pos. 17th

 

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AT&T Williams F1

MONACO GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING

SATURDAY 15 MAY, 2010

Formula One’s drivers and engineers successfully negotiated twenty three cars around Monte Carlo’s narrow, three mile street circuit today to produce an incident free qualifying session ahead of tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix. For the third time this season, Rubens Barrichello made it into the top ten, putting his FW32 in P9 on the timesheets. In only his first outing around the Principality, Nico Hulkenberg put in a creditable performance to secure P11 for Sunday’s race.

 

Rubens Barrichello:

I enjoyed myself out there today and I’m happy with ninth. I took everything out of the car that I could and I don’t think we could have done much better. We all thought traffic was going to be an issue this afternoon, but really it was fine. Monaco is a good track for our car so hopefully we will do well tomorrow.

 

Nico Hulkenberg:

As expected, it was a bit busy in Q1 but everyone seemed to get a lap in. The car felt pretty

competitive, but my lap wasn’t perfect and I’m disappointed to have missed out on Q3 by a fraction. Eleventh is not bad, but when your team mate is ahead of you it’s never very pleasant. It’s still possible to have a good race from 11th though and I’m hoping for a decent result in my first Monaco Grand Prix.

 

Sam Michael, Technical Director:

It was a good effort to get one car into the top ten, but we were not quite fast enough to get both

through. Rubens extracted everything he could from the car and Nico performed well considering it’s his first time in a Formula One car around Monaco. The development parts worked well here and we have more coming to the next three races. We’ll now focus our attention on getting good starts in the race.

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Bridgestone Motorsport

Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update

Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) has used Bridgestone’s super soft compound tyre to blast to his third pole position of 2010 with a new pole position record amidst the glamour of the tight and twisty streets of Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Webber set a time of 1min 13.826secs and will be joined on the front row tomorrow by Renault F1 Team driver Robert Kubica, who was also fastest in the morning practice session, using the super soft compound for a 1min 14.806secs lap.

Q&A with Hirohide Hamashima – Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development

What was significant about today’s running?

“Today was all about learning the track condition after a day of no Formula One Bridgestone rubber being laid on the surface yesterday. In the morning, track temperature was quite cool, so it took a little longer for both compounds to warm up to their ideal operating temperature. In qualifying, finding a clear track was very difficult. In practice and qualifying, once drivers got their tyres up to temperature they were rewarded with good performance from both compounds. Mark Webber was very fast, setting a new pole position record. Qualifying was so exciting today, particularly the last two minutes, and we are proud to support this excitement with our Bridgestone Potenza tyres.”

What are the tyre strategy considerations for tomorrow’s race?

“The top ten drivers will all start the race on the super soft Bridgestones, so it will be interesting to see when the first pit stops will be made. Track position before and after the pit stops will be very important as it is so difficult to overtake. The front runners will not want to be held up by their rivals or back markers so could pit to avoid this. They also will want to exit the pits in clear space too. The track temperature will be a strong factor too as it has generally been cooler than expected here. Maintaining the condition of the super soft tyres at the start of the race, as always, will be a crucial point, and the track condition improvement is likely to be very noticeable during the course of the race. It will also be interesting watching the tyre strategy and progress of Fernando Alonso, as he seems to have a fast car, but will not start from where we would usually expect him to do so, due to missing qualifying.”

 

Courtesy: HRT F1, Lotus Racing, AT&T Williams F1, Renault F1, Red Bull F1, Mercedes GP Petronas, BMW Sauber F1 Team, Force India F1, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Bridgestone Motorsport © RIF