Turn 10 Statistics
Initial speed Final speed Stopping distance Braking time Maximum deceleration Maximum pedal load Braking power
297km/h 70km/h 137m 1.67 sec 4.6g 142kg 1828kW
The time spent on the brakes here is 26% per lap - higher than at any other circuit. The winding track and limited grip often means the driver is controlling the car on the brakes, and a constant here is extreme brake heat and issues with boiling brake fluid. Over the course of the race, drivers will have applied a load on the pedal of 83.5 tonnes, the same weight as four fully loaded 16-metre yachts docked in the port of Monaco. to supersofts, but this injunction had not reached the garage. Ricciardo arrived after a stunning inlap to nd no tyres at all, and when he nally got under way Hamilton swept by as he exited the pits. And that, barring some ducking and diving and st shaking, was that. Over the following 46 laps the duo recreated the epic duel between Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna in the 1992 Monaco Grand Prix, with a similarly frustrating outcome for the man in second place.
“We put ourselves in a race we didn’t need to be in,” said Ricciardo. “Then I got called into the pits and the tyres weren’t ready. Everybody was running around like headless chooks…”
Hamilton took the credit for the decision for him to stay out on the wet tyres, saying, “My tyres weren’t really degrading, so I was saying: ‘I gotta stay out.’ The team were saying we should move, but I knew I would drop behind Daniel, so I eked it out and then we were lucky.”
Neither of their team-mates were a factor in the race: Rosberg went backwards, unable to get heat into his tyres and brakes after the Safety Car, and then lost track position with a slow second stop to be demoted to seventh by Force India’s Nico Hülkenberg on the last lap. Max Verstappen crashed at Massenet in FP3, broke his suspension and the car’s tub in Q1, then went off again at Massenet in the race, having started from the pitlane and sliced through to ninth.
Ferrari were conspicuous absentees from the podium. Räikkönen crashed out in the opening minutes, while Vettel was among the early visitors for intermediates and then got held up behind the Williams of Felipe Massa, who stopped late. Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz were in the hunt, but the Hulk was brought in for intermediates too early, emerging into trafc, and Sainz had a sticking wheel nut at his rst stop. Force India made a better pit call with Sergio Pérez, taking advantage of Vettel’s Massa-related predicament to get their man out ahead of the Ferrari, where he remained until the chequered ag.