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The battle of the favorites in Monaco has already begun

I want followers from 2 to 102 years old"Carey added. Carey talking with Putin, next to Ecclestone, during the Sochi GP. | MIKHAIL SVETLOV

The Pirelli Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix will be held on May 12, 13 and 14 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. For Carey, the Catalan test is one of the most important in the World Cup. In the presentation of the race, the American admitted that the routes of western Europe are the essence of this sport. "Of course, Barcelona is in this group of circuits in western Europe that are the basis of the competition"he said before exemplifying with the test the sport model he pursues. "Barcelona is a wonderful city that has many unique things to offer. There are local aspects that, in the future, should provide that unique flavor that every Grand Prix should have.

Barcelona presents the best possible F-1 GP

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The race at the Circuit will be Alonso’s last in Formula 1 before leaving for Indianapolis and his fifth under the command of the new leadership of the competition. It is still too early to see results but F1, according to its president, has already started the path towards an exciting, attractive sport that engages fans and uses resources and new technologies to win back the masses.

Carlos Sainz left his mark on the streets of Monaco. The Madrid rider starred in an impeccable weekend in the Principality. This time, bad luck forgot about Sainz and nothing cut short a magical GP in which he was the best of the rest and was able to finish ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

May 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm CEST

Sergi Mejias @sergimejias


F1 Monaco GP Carlos Sainz Jr.

“We knew that if we managed to get out well, the sixth final place would put us in the face. After the start, we opened a gap with the rest of the middle of the grid to make sure we were back on track after changing tires ahead of Hamilton"Sainz explained to the Movistar + microphone.

The pilot himself commented that "We were fast all weekend and also today so as not to give Hamilton or the rest a choice. Winning the rest of the grid like that is nice".

In another GP, the touch he gave with ‘Checo’ Pérez could have been a puncture, but not this magical Sunday Sainz. "Luck has smiled on us, ‘Checo’ has not calculated well and could have punctured. Today was the good day and those things do not happen".

Regarding the exit, Carlos agreed that "I started very dirty, my exit hole was a disaster, I knew it would cost me, I noticed how my wheels were spinning, I knew I could not win any place and I closed holes so that Checo would not pass me".

Vettel gives a lesson in the streets of Monaco

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And the bottom line was more than explicit: "The perfect weekend of 10, without making a single mistake in free practice, in qualifying or in the race. We have been in front of one of the Mercedes. A perfect weekend in Monaco doesn’t come out every day".

The battle of the favorites in Monaco has already begun. And at the rhythm of vertigo. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), winner here a year ago, closed the first free practice session with the best time, a time of 1’13"425, two seconds behind the 2016 pole and a new track record.


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F1 Monaco GP

It was followed by Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, less than two tenths, and three, Max Verstappen with the Red Bull, with which the pulse is very balanced and augurs a show to the end in the streets of the Principality, although it is premature to venture to whether Red Bull will join the fight for victory against Mercedes and Ferrari on Sunday.

Hamilton’s time this Thursday in the morning session is the best in history since the current version of the circuit has been competed, by one tenth compared to the time set by Kimi Räikkönen in Q2 of the 2006 Monaco GP. 

Toro Rosso was competitive in this first practice session with Daniil Kvyat sixth, six tenths behind the fastest time and Carlos Sainz ninth to nine tenths. Both drivers set their times on supersofts, unlike the rest of the grid. 

Jenson Button, temporarily coming out of retirement to replace Fernando Alonso at the wheel of the McLaren-Honda in Monaco, finished fourteenth on ultrasofts, just two tenths behind Stoffel Vandoorne. 

Many riders showed messages of support to Manchester on their monopolas or on their helmets, where on Monday 22 people were killed in an attack, and in memory of the American Nicky Hayden, MotoGP world champion, who died on Monday due to the aftermath of a car accident. bicycle.

– 1st free practice session:

Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) 1: 13.425 (40 laps)

(average: 163.612 km / h)

Sebastian Vettel (GER / Ferrari) 1: 13.621 (34)

Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull-TAG Heuer) 1: 13.771 (32)

Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) 1: 13.791 (40)

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Red Bull-TAG Heuer) 1: 13.854 (45)

Daniil Kvyat (RUS / Toro Rosso-Renault) 1: 14,111 (42)

Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Ferrari) 1: 14,164 (37)

Sergio Pérez (MEX / Force India-Mercedes) 1: 14.201 (42)

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / Toro Rosso-Renault) 1: 14,333 (39)

Esteban Ocon (FRA / Force India-Mercedes) 1: 14.425 (39)

Felipe Massa (BRA / Williams-Mercedes) 1: 14.617 (37)

Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL / McLaren-Honda) 1: 14.813 (38)

Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari) 1: 14.870 (34)

Jenson Button (GBR / McLaren-Honda) 1: 14.954 (35)

Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas-Ferrari) 1: 15.321 (33)

Lance Stroll (CAN / Williams-Mercedes) 1: 15.595 (44)

Jolyon Palmer (GBR / Renault) 1: 15,949 (42)

Pascal Wehrlein (GER / Sauber-Ferrari) 1: 16.258 (33)

– Not timed:

Nico Hülkenberg (GER / Renault) (3)

Marcus Ericsson (SWE / Sauber-Ferrari) (3)

Jenson Button, who won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2009, has the opportunity to race a Formula 1 Grand Prix again this weekend and will be one of the focal points of the Monegasque race. The Englishman, who is the reserve driver for the McLaren-Honda team this season after getting out of the car at the end of 2016 after 17 seasons competing at the highest level, has been the great beneficiary of Fernando Alonso’s decision to skip the GP of Monaco to run the Indianapolis 500.


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Josep Viaplana @ F1viaplana


Fernando Alonso F1 Monaco GP

After Rubens Barrichello (323) and Michael Schumacher (307), Jenson Button is the third most grands prix driver in F1 history. This weekend he will celebrate the 306th Grand Prix in Monaco.

Button returns to the paddock in the Principality, where he lives, and with the aim of achieving a result that will put him in value for 2018. After Alonso qualified seventh in the Spanish GP after McLaren introduced the first part of the package of improvements that he is scheduled to complete in Monaco, the Englishman believes that he can opt for a good result in a race in which the time is decisive.

"I’m happy to get back behind the wheel of the car in one of the craziest, most exciting and unpredictable races out there.", explained Jenson, who remarked that "I have prepared well. I know the circuit well and I am in good shape because I have trained more than ever". His goal is to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 world championship (long distance triathlon) in September.

The British driver declined to test the 2017 McLaren at Sakhir after the Bahrain GP, ​​focusing his preparation on the team’s simulator in Woking. "When I got in the car initially I didn’t like the feeling, but that was before the updates", explained Button, who revealed that as a consequence "We made some changes to the set up, it was much better and it suited my style much more. With the improvements, the feelings that emerge are very positive".

Stoffel Vandoorne believes that Jenson Button will have no trouble adjusting to the driving of the MCL32, as it is not much different compared to its predecessor in the slow corners, abundant in the Principality. "I think it will do well. He’s been out of the car for quite some time and yes, it is Monaco, but it is a fairly low speed circuit, it is not a very fast track. The cars are faster, but in the slow speed corners they are close to last year’s numbers, perhaps a little faster. Jenson has driven fast cars before, will take the reins fast", the Belgian explained.

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Eric Boullier, McLaren sporting director, remarks that "he has done an excellent job replacing Fernando". In this regard, it must be remembered that the Woking team, with 15 victories, is the one that has achieved the most successes in the Monaco GP. "We will bring more improvements to the car this weekend. We are encouraged by the progress we are making and we hope to be able to achieve more representative performance in Monaco than in previous races".

The Monaco Automobile Club, official organizer of the Formula 1 Grand Prix held in the Principality, has released a curious video of the special training that the 650 stewards have to pass this weekend will be on the track attending to any race incident to occur.

May 22, 2018 at 12:53 pm CEST