Having done so much in Formula 1 and having attained a Legendary Status, Schumacher was on hit list of many critics who were doubting his characteristics ever since he made his surprise return with the Mercedes Team, At the start of this season, It looked as if Schumacher has found his rhythm back and was looking set for an amazing season, But with the lack of results due to various reasons, that included poor stroke of luck on his side, There were rumors of Schumacher quitting early and to many this seemed like his last season.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can't - Jack Dempsey
Just like Jack Dempsey says, It was a shocking lap from Schumacher that no one really predicted, For all through the course of the session, or in fact all through the weekend, It looked as if the other Mercedes driver will be the man to go fastest in qualifying, If there were any doubts, people were pondering over Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa as the probable candidates for the pole in qualifying.
At the closing stages of Q3, It was Mark Webber who looked mighty strong with a lap of 1.14.381 but Schumacher improved on his second run with a time of 1.14.301 that moved him into the prime spot, But unfortunately for Schumacher though, He is carrying a 5 Place Grid penalty that he is carrying from last race for the Tail-Gate incident between him and Senna. This will push him down to a Row 3 Start
Nico Rosberg who set the fastest time initially in Q3 on his first run could only finish third fastest. Lewis Hamilton was fourth ahead of Romain Grosjean. Grosjean has been tipped by many to take the 6th win of the season and to make it a historic start to the season.
Massa who looked strong all through the weekend was looking set to defeat his teammate, but Alonso once again edged out Massa although the Brazilian driver fared far better so far this weekend. Kimi Raikkonen who struggled with steering issues all through the weekend could only manage 8th fastest ahead of Maldonado with Vettel not electing to set a timed lap as he had to lose out one more set of super soft compound in Q2.
One of the biggest talking point of the day was Jenson Button’s poor show at the office, He seemed to struggle with the balance of the car and lost out heavily in Q2, Having finished 13th, he will be having a tough job as a Row 6 start won’t give him any favor, Would be interesting to see if Mclaren would be targeting a aggressive strategy with Button.
Nico Hulkenberg looked a tad better then his teammate Paul di Resta all through the Qualifying with the German looking set for a Q3 run before Kimi edged him out in the ending stages of Q2. Hulkenberg finished 11th on the grid with Paul di Resta finishing 15th narrowly behind Bruno Senna
The Toro Rosso were on a spotlight with Jean-Eric Vergne losing control of his car while coming out of the tunnel and he kissed the barriers which caused a front wing and a suspension damage, The Toro Rosso seemed to struggle a lot in this qualifying as the Kovalainen’s Caterham on a super soft compound in Q1 looked to snatch the final spot to sneak into Q2. The Q1 barrier for Caterham seemed to be causing a lot of hurdles for the Team and would be interesting as to see how long would it take for them to sneak into Q2 comfortably something that they have been planning for sometime and were betting on the street circuits like this to get Squeeze into Q2
Pedro de la Rosa all through the weekend seemed to struggle as his teammate seemed to have found the sweet spot better then him and Narain even earlier in the day looked comfortable and was looking to edge past the Spaniard. The impressive performance from Pedro was good enough to split the Marussia’s and had it been for few more tenths, Glock would have finished behind the HRT
Would be an interesting race with the two big penalties on Maldonado and Schumacher, This would particularly be a huge setback for Schumacher as he has to battle his way past some heavyweights
On a final note, We would like to finish off with this question on Perez when asked to Monisha Kaltenborn about how Perez moved on from the accident that he suffered last year. This was asked in the Thursday Press conference.
Q: (Ignacio Naya - DPA) A question for Monisha Kaltenborn, one year ago Sergio Perez had here a very serious accident. I would like to know which memories do you have from this moment and how the team faced this situation and how Sergio Perez is handling this situation, coming back to Monaco?
MK: Well the memories are, of course, very much there because it is just a year ago and it was a very bad accident. It’s thanks to the safety rules in Formula One and, I guess, also luck, that the driver remained in the situation, so he wasn’t really injured. You don’t forget these kind of things but at the same time you have to get on and concentrate on the future and I think Sergio has done a great job there. He took it very well, we can see how mature he handled the situation, even at the next race when he himself said he was not really there 100 per cent to take part in the race. But it’s not an issue anymore, we’ve ticked that off, and he’s actually taken it quite well.
And Yeah, Perez suffered another accident in Q1, Although this time it looked purely as if a Mechanical issue and he kissed the Swimming Pool barriers and caused a brief red flag. The Mexican will start the race from 24th