Monaco Grand Prix ... Not the Result Ferrari had Hoped for


 

Monte Carlo, 29 May, 2022

In a rain-affected Monaco Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari was unable to turn yesterday’s front row qualifying into the result it was hoping for and had to settle for 30 points, courtesy of a second place for Carlos Sainz and a fourth for Charles Leclerc in what was a particularly frustrating race for the Monegasque driver.

Key moment
Just prior to the start, it began to rain heavily, with the race start delayed for over an hour, after the cars had completed two laps behind the Safety Car on a very wet track. Once the race was underway, the track soon started to dry and so, on lap 16, the first of the front runners to pit and switch from Wet to Intermediate tyres was Sergio Perez. Leclerc made the same change two laps later, as did Max Verstappen. Sainz however, stayed out until lap 22, switching straight to slicks and it was decided to do the same with Charles, calling him in at the same time for a double stop. This played into Red Bull’s hands as Sergio Perez managed to get ahead of Carlos and Verstappen did the same with Charles. The race was more or less over at this point, although it was stopped one more time after Mick Schumacher had a huge accident at the swimming pool, from which he fortunately emerged unscathed. The F1-75 was faster than its rivals but the positions remained unchanged.

Next stop Baku
The Monaco result did not live up to what could have been. Today’s race will be analysed in detail in Maranello, as work will begin on preparing for the next round, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which takes place in Baku on 12 June.

Carlos Sainz #55
It was a tough race but overall I cannot be too disappointed. We made the right call to go from wet tyres to slicks but unfortunately a lapped car in my out-lap cost me too much time and we missed the opportunity to take the lead. After my pit stop I rejoined right behind Perez and that was it. Overtaking here is extremely challenging and with some wet patches off the racing line it was even more difficult today. It is a tough one to digest, because the win was there for the taking, but I gave it my all out there and we’ll come back stronger as a team for the next double header.

Charles Leclerc #16
I’m disappointed to have lost this win and it’s a tough one to take, especially at home. It will be important to understand exactly what happened to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.
In the first pit stop, we went from extreme wets to Intermediates, and got undercut by Perez. Three laps later, I stopped again, behind Carlos, and lost two more positions. It’s just impossible to overtake in Monaco without taking huge risks, so I stayed put to bring home as many points as possible and I guess that fourth is the best we could do under these circumstances. Mistakes happen, unfortunately today we made too many.
I love my team and I am sure that we will come back stronger.

Mattia Binotto Team Principal & Managing Director
When you start with your two cars on the front row and you don’t win, it means something went wrong from our side. I think we made a few poor decisions and we paid the price. I am sorry for Charles, because it’s his home race, so it was particularly important for him, as indeed it was for all of us.
There were other elements that affected today’s result, such as the traffic that both our drivers encountered when they rejoined the track after their pit stops, a factor that probably cost Carlos the win. Mistakes can happen, but it’s important to learn from them and take it as an opportunity to improve. Over the next few days, we will analyse this race in detail, as part of our preparation for the upcoming back-to-back races in Azerbaijan and Canada.


Ten minutes before the start, heavy rain hits the track.
Temperature: air 23° track 31°.

The start is delayed by 10 minutes. All the teams are instructed to fit Extreme Wet tyres, but then the entire start procedure is halted. Also partly because not all the teams would be able to fit the required tyres.

A formation lap gets underway, with a 16-minute delay behind the Safety Car, followed by a second one, but the rain intensifies and the race is stopped. At 15.22 the race has yet to start.

The race starts at 16.05 behind the Safety Car: race distance shortened to 77 laps, 256.949 km. The two Ferraris lead the field.

Lap 18
Leclerc pits for Intermediates, rejoining third behind Perez. Max Verstappen also pits.

Lap 22
Both Ferrari drivers pit again in a double-stack for Hard slicks. They are second and fourth, each behind a Red Bull: Perez leads, Verstappen is third.

Lap 26
Mick Schumacher has a huge crash at the swimming pool, but he is fine.

Lap 30
Red flag, as the barriers need to be repaired.

Lap 32
The race resumes with Ferrari second and fourth on Hard tyres, while the Red Bulls are on Mediums.

Lap 64
The order remains unchanged, so Perez wins from Sainz, Verstappen and Leclerc. Not the hoped-for result. 

Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN brought home two points from a chaotic, rain-affected Monaco Grand Prix. Both Valtteri Bottas, ninth at the chequered flag, and Zhou Guanyu, 16th, managed to gain places from their starting positions, continuing the team’s scoring streak on a challenging weekend for Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN.

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal
The conditions out there were treacherous and to bring home two cars is the primary objective, and we achieved it. We knew that, after a difficult Saturday, scoring would have required a really good race are we were able to deliver one. We chose an aggressive strategy that would allow us to make up some positions, and we were able to gain ground with both cars. The two points Valtteri scored allow us to keep fifth place in the constructors’ championship and they’re a good return for the weekend.”

Valtteri Bottas #77  C42 03
“It’s been a pretty long race, but we can be happy we made our opportunities count as a team. It was really easy to make mistakes out there and I am glad we didn’t: gaining positions in Monaco is never easy, so to end up in the points from P12 on the grid means it wasn’t a bad day. We made the right strategic calls, which was a challenge as it was not easy to choose which tyres to pick at any time. We took some calculated risks and they paid off.”

Zhou Guanyu #24 C42 04
“It was a challenging Sunday, but I think we achieved the maximum we could get. Part of the race was just about surviving, defending hard in the wet – especially when we had to keep going on the wet tyres on a drying track to make our strategy work. It was a good experience to race here in these conditions, my only scare was when I had a snap fighting Tsunoda, but I saved it. The Monaco experience as a whole was tough, but I didn’t do any mistakes and I was matching the pace of the cars in the midfield, so I can be satisfied about that.”

George Russell
That was a tough afternoon out there, very physical with the bumpy ride of the car, and a long afternoon across a range of conditions. It was tricky in the wet, holding onto the wet tyres for as long as possible, then I had a nice dice with Lando after the stops – and some strong pace on the hard tyre. It was tough on the medium in the second part of the race, with a lot of graining towards the end, but P5 is still a decent result. We encountered some of the limitations of our car at this track, but we’ve learned a lot and can put that to good use in the coming weeks to take another step forward. Overall, it’s a decent result and I’m confident that we’ve got stronger days ahead of us.

Lewis Hamilton
That was one of those days in Monaco – stuck behind other cars for most of the race and, in the end, just cruising but not able to overtake. I was glad when the rain came because that usually creates opportunities, unfortunately it didn’t play out that way and we couldn’t get past Ocon when I was running on the intermediates. It’s been a tough weekend and I’ve had some unlucky situations, like the red flag in qualifying, so I’m looking forward now to turning the page and heading to Baku. It’s a different kind of track, even though there are some similarities to the slow corners here in Monaco, but hopefully we can move forward and show a better level of performance like we saw in Barcelona.

Toto Wolff
That was the usual chaotic race in Monaco – and once again, a lesson that we need to look at this circuit layout, so people can’t drive round five seconds off the pace in a procession. This is a fantastic venue and spectacle – but it would be great if the racing could be at the same level. With the length of the race, and the delays and interruptions, it felt more like an NFL game than a Grand Prix – but I’m not sure that much else could have been done. We need to give the race directors credit for managing a difficult situation; the rain at the beginning was torrential, then there was an issue with the connectivity for the TV broadcast which meant we couldn’t get going. When we finally did, it was a strong afternoon for George – and a really frustrating one for Lewis. There were the laps stuck with Esteban, who got penalised for the collision, then the slow pace from Alonso, without which Lewis could have been racing Lando and George. It was another reminder that track position is everything here – and that we are the third team on the road. We have learned some important lessons about the car this weekend, and that learning will be the basis of rebuilding our performance to fight again at the front of the field.

BWT Alpine F1 Team’s Fernando Alonso made it back-to-back points-scoring finishes after taking seventh place in a rain-affected and twice red-flagged Monaco Grand Prix. Esteban Ocon crossed the line in ninth, but a five-second time penalty for causing a collision meant the Frenchman left without scoring points as he finished in twelfth place.Esteban Ocon“Today’s result is tough to swallow, and I’m frustrated that we leave Monaco without scoring points. Inside the car it felt like a racing incident with Lewis [Hamilton], especially at a track like Monaco where any overtake attempt is likely to involve some contact. The team has worked so hard all weekend, especially in finding the gains between Friday and Saturday, and we now leave without scoring deserved double points. We’ll have to move forward and I’m looking to put it right in Baku where we race next.”

Fernando Alonso
“It was a very difficult race today with the conditions, so we can be pleased with a seventh-place finish and more points added to the championship. It was a tricky race to manage with difficult choices on strategy at times, but we did everything well as a team and it was all well managed. At the wheel, it was not easy, and I had to be careful at times not to make any mistake to make sure we brought the car home in the points. On the dry stints, because of what we learned on Friday, we had to be careful on the tyres, especially for me after the second-red flag. We held on to seventh comfortably, so I’m pretty pleased with today’s job.”

Laurent Rossi, CEO Alpine
“Today’s Monaco Grand Prix was very eventful and it’s always good when you come out of those races with strong points in the bag. As a team, we were expecting it to be a challenging weekend at a circuit with so many slow-speed corners, which does not tend to suit our car. We’ve had to dig deep all weekend to make improvements between Friday and Saturday, which not only helped us this weekend, but also bodes well for the future where we can take forward this knowledge in adapting our car to all types of tracks. Both drivers drove good races today to cross the line in seventh and ninth, respectively, which is probably where we deserved to be in today’s race. Esteban’s time penalty is a tough one as it was probably 50-50, so we won’t dwell too much on it and we’ll keep our heads down and look ahead to the next one. I’d like to thank everyone at the team for their hard work after a very busy two weeks across Spain and Monaco. We’ll take some rest this week before refocusing ourselves for Azerbaijan and Canada next time out where we’re hungry to add two lots of double points.”

 

 

 

 

OA

R#

Driver

Car

Chassis #

Time

1

11

Sergio Pérez

Red Bull

 

1:56:30.265

2

55

Carlos Sainz jr.

Ferrari

 

+ 1.154

3

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

 

+ 1.491

4

16

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

 

+ 2.922

5

63

George Russell

Mercedes AMG

 

+ 11.968

6

4

Lando Norris

McLaren

 

+ 12.231

7

14

Fernando Alonso

Alpine

 

+ 46.358

8

44

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG

 

+ 50.388

9

77

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

C42 03

+ 52.525

10

5

Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin

 

+ 53.536

11

10

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri

 

+ 54.289

12

31

Esteban Ocon *

Alpine

 

+ 55.644

13

3

Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren

 

+ 57.635

14

18

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

 

+ 1:00.802

15

6

Nicholas Latifi

Williams

 

+ 1 lap

16

24

Guanyu Zhou

Alfa Romeo

C42 04

+ 1 lap

17

22

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

 

+ 1 lap

NC

20

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

 

Retired
Power Unit
lap 19

NC

47

Mick Schumacher

Haas

 

Accident
lap 24

NC

 23

Alexander Albon

Williams

 

Retired
lap 48