F1 » Alonso remains wary of Mercedes in Monaco

Fernando Alonso has marked the Mercedes team out as a potential winner on the streets of Monaco.

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Firestorm - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 10:40 AM

He is right in this one. The Monaco circuit doesn't cause much degradation to the tyres. And there is always very important to start on the front row in order to win the race. Schumacher was on pole at Monaco last year before taking a 5 place grid penalty and Rosberg who started from 2nd battled with Mark Webber for victory all the way. So Mercedes could win here. But Alonso should be worried more about Red Bull. The Energy drink outfit won here in the last three seasons and I don't see any reason why they should not win again.

bob - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 12:31 PM

"The Monaco circuit doesn't cause much degradation to the tyres"


I guess you didn't see the 2011 race then?

Button emerged from his last pit stop miles behind Vettel and Alonso who were on old tires. Button absolutely screamed up behind them and more than likely would have taken them for the win.

That would have likely been the case had we not been robbed of a fantastic battle to the finish between these 3 by a bloody red flag!!!!

Chrs - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 12:41 PM

Alonso is probably right, but on the other hand he just loves to say that other cars are faster than his to keep the myth going that he is mightily dragging an inferior car round quicker than anyone else.

Terminator - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 12:43 PM

I guess you are right about the degradation part... But it is impossible to overtake here. One just has to look at last year where Webber, Rosberg, Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton and Massa simply drove round for 40 laps in a train........


May 13, 2013 12:51 PM

firestorm. a street circuit tends to be more wearing on tyres as it as a more abrasive surface, and also Monaco is heavy on tyres, due to all the twisty corners and acceleration required out of corners. however, as merc can manage their tyres for ONE lap, they could well be on pole and then hold everyone up at least until the first pit stop. so qualifying on the harder of two tyres could be an advantage to those behind.


May 13, 2013 1:25 PM

Wade, Eric Bernard (remember him?) matched Alonso by going from 24th to 6th at Monaco in 1990.

Guy Edwards also made up 18 places in 74 going from 26th to 8th and Andrea De Adamich went from 25th to 7th in 73.

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