In the round-up: Pastor Maldonado says his collision with Sergio Perez in practice was not intentional.
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“It was a mistake from my side because I lost the car. I was trying to pass Perez quite quick, cold tyres – it was the out lap – and I lost a little bit the car.”
“Following examination of his car by Williams after qualifying, it was found that there was a problem with his gearbox – perhaps as the result of a crash in final practice ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ that means he will face a further five place drop.”
“‘The current deal pays the teams 50% plus some extras which means it pays them about 59%. The new deal is basically 60% plus a little bit more so it is going to be about 63%,’ says a person with knowledge of the IPO.”
“Had a very quick chat with Bernie earlier. He denied saying anything about more races under new Concorde agreement.”
“Mercedes GP head of aerodynamics Loic Bigois has left the Formula One team to join unidentified rivals, principal Ross Brawn said on Saturday.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “We will offer what is needed and that can be anything from an extra set for those in Q3 to make them run, through to full qualifying for everybody. We are open to whatever solution the sport feels is best, but we feel running cars in Q3 is important.”
“Mark was competitive throughout all three sessions. He took two sets of new super-soft tyres into Q3. His first time was fine, then he dropped a little bit of time in the first sector and when he arrived at the end of Mirabeau I think he was about one-tenth down on his best lap, so the last three-quarters of the lap was phenomenal. He did an incredible job. He was so quick through the Swimming Pool section and in the last three corners he nailed it.”
“‘We are all terrified that somebody will unlock the secret and win everything,’ [Jenson Button] said on Wednesday. ‘Unless, of course, that’s us!'”
“You cannot compare to what we had 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Now the public are quite pleased to see that it is not all the time the same driver or same car. That is the worst thing for F1 today ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ if one car or one driver is dominating too much.”
Our own Damonsmedley on safety standards at Monaco – an important topic in light of yesterday’s GP2 and GP3 crashes (see below).
“Lewis and Jenson have written get-well letters to a McLaren fan who broke back and left leg in a fall from a grandstand that gave way on Thursday”
My pre-race column for Unibet.
Comment of the day
Nick.UK looks ahead to the Monaco Grand Prix:
Rosberg has had some electrifying starts in his time at Mercedes. He and Massa have a habit of shooting forward far quicker than others, though the latter seems to get caught out quite often being unable to find a way through the pack to make up positions, which also often leads to actually loosing positions sadly.
I have a lot of confidence in Rosberg to take the lead, despite the stats and track conditions being against him. Maybe I wouldn?óÔé¼Ôäót be if it was not Webber in front of him, but the combination of who I consider to be one of the best starters and one of the worst adds up to make it a real possibility that Rosberg will take the lead.
I, despite having money on Rosberg to win, would love to see Webber to win also. Webber is my favourite driver (and my title bet is with him) and I think it would do wonders for him if he was to take a win over Vettel on pure merit. It would not only boost his confidence but I think it would put a dink in Vettel?óÔé¼Ôäós too.
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On this day in F1
Fernando Alonso led home a McLaren one-two in the Monaco Grand Prix but all was not well within the team.
Team mate Lewis Hamilton complained he had not been given the chance to challenge Alonso for the win.
Felipe Massa was third for Ferrari.
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