Formula One drivers wary of new Monaco kerbs

Doug Mendoza
May 31, 2017

It is considered the hardest course to overtake because of its narrow streets. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was knocked out in Q2; it is suspected that a combination of setup problems and driver error hampered the Brit's efforts to keep pace with championship-leading Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

It's unlikely Ricciardo will have that same level of performance this year, and if Hamilton is going to finish first, he'll have his work cut out for him.

The Spaniard is confident of a good result on Sunday pending a good start to the Monaco GP.

There has been a flurry of activity in the pit lane halfway through the Monaco Grand Prix.

Button, who was deemed at fault by race stewards and given a three-place grid drop for a next race that may never happen, will have breathed a big sigh of relief to see double world champion Alonso emerge unscathed from a crash-strewn Indianapolis 500. But the Briton will have to improve this weekend after being eighth-fastest in practice. If you clip your front wing, it could take it [off] because you've made a small mistake and it will fly you straight into the wall.

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This morning's qualifying session was a quaint one, with seven teams making up the top ten, with oddities such as both McLaren-Hondas making Q3, though due to a 15-place grid penalty, Jenson Button will start at the tail end of the grid anyway. He is now second in the point standings this year. Mercedes ordered Rosberg to allow his teammate Hamilton to pass him and put the pressure on the Red Bull driver.

Valtteri Bottas was still stuck in fourth behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. "Nothing you could say would make that any better".

"I'm feeling great to be here and out of the hospital atmosphere", said Bourdais, who told The Associated Press on Saturday that he refused to show up in a wheel chair.

Just two weeks after Max Verstappen's dream start at Red Bull by winning the Spanish Grand Prix, the teenage driver crashed heavily into the walls. This week, the 19-year-old finished sixth in practice, the same position he holds in the driver standings.

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