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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May 13, 2013 4:17 PM

Your 1990 Monaco story is hilarious as the 29 cars behind him DNF'd. He finished last himself! That was an era when half the cars dnf'd, every race
As To Merc, after hearing "leave me alone, I can't go any slower", maybe a 150 KPH track will be their best chance this year.

Andrew - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 6:23 PM

@Bod Vettel had only one stop and the plan was to go to the end with those tyres before the red flag.... having a faster car is one thing, passing is another thing knowing that Button has to pass Alonso first... was 1992 or 93 when Senna kept Mansell behind him for the whole race... the only way Mansell was going to pass Senna is if he turns into Knight Rider and jump over the car ahead of him..

Andrew - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 6:42 PM

@Richard.... I could remember a certain Renault driver who attempted an overtake in the tunnel only to come out facing the wrong way with some tires missing in 2004.


May 13, 2013 7:37 PM

All very interesting, but the Sky presenters seem to believe the track will less abrasive ( maybe I miss-heard ).
The tyre problems,
Ferrari appear to have a light grip on it.
Lotus, Force India and Red Bull grabbing at it.
McLaren confused how they ended so far up.
Mercedes confused how they ended up so far back.

Monaco is going to be Classic.

bob - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 8:28 PM


I'm not sure you actually watched the 2011 race. There was some great overtaking. In total there was 16 on track passes. Yes, not a lot at all, but pretty good for Monaco.

I think on a set of brand new super softs, Button had more than a fighting chance of taking the pair of them.


May 13, 2013 8:42 PM

Unless Mercedes can improve (and drastically at that) their car's use of the tyres Monaco will be no different a situation for them then Spain.
A lot of people were saying over here that having qualified 1-2 in Spain the second car could keep all the others behind for the 1st car to open a big lead but look what happened.


May 13, 2013 9:03 PM

andrew (from aberdeen????) i am fuzzy on dates etc, but remember when dc in a fast macca, was behind a backmarker (trulli i think) for practically a whole race and was fuming about it. but last year, there were one or two passes at te harbour chicane. so it can be done!

Nanbawan - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 11:56 PM

"street circuit tends to be more wearing on tyres as it as a more abrasive surface"

Hmm, no. Street circuits are normal roads and they are far less abrasive than a dedicated track tarmac, that's actually why the softest tyres are used.

They are bumpier and have less grip which may cause degradation due to excessive spinning and sliding.

It will be difficult for Merc to stay in front even if they lock the front row given that at some point someone will either undercut them or maybe Lotus will have one less pit stop. That said, they may have a shot at the podium like it was the case at Melbourne, another street circuit.

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