128 kWh


En­ergy dis­si­pated

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 trafc, 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.

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