It was an improving week for our team around the streets of Monaco. Luckily, not many retirements were seen in the crown jewel event, however, one of our big guns fell costing us heavy points. Let’s have a look how we did in Monte Carlo.
Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull Racing were the stars of the long weekend topping every Free Practice session, claiming pole in qualifying and a lights-to-flag victory. Unfortunately, the points are only dished out on Saturday and Sunday, but it was another very impressive week for the Australian. The now seven-time Grand Prix winner racked up 44 F1 Fantasy points with big handfuls coming from beating his less fortunate teammate Max Verstappen, taking pole position and the race win.
Red Bull Racing was predictably our biggest contributor to our side with 52 points, reaping the points off Ricciardo while Verstappen chipped in by finishing ninth from the back of the grid. It was clear it was a weekend to pick Red Bull Racing with the RB14’s great aerodynamic performance and on a track with less emphasis on engine power.
Next best was Kimi Räikkönen only scoring 23 points, just over half of Ricciardo’s tally of 44. The Finn didn’t beat his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel in either qualifying or the race, however, also scored good points: seven came from qualifying and twelve came from Sunday’s race.
Nico Hülkenberg was our third best driver after coming back from two horrid weeks for himself and our F1 Fantasy team. The German only made it to Q2 on Saturday but out-raced his teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. on Sunday as well as gaining three places from his starting position to earn us six more points.
Kevin Magnussen followed with fifteen points with a strong comeback from his disappointing exit in Q1. The Haas driver gained more than five positions on Sunday to finish thirteenth and earn a maximum ten points for our squad.
And finally, our only disappointment to the weekend, Fernando Alonso. As our nominated turbo driver, we may have put a little bit too much trust into the Spaniard after promising showings on Thursday and Saturday. The McLaren main man scored a Q3 finish, beat his teammate and lined up seventh on the grid to earn us 18 points thanks to our turbo driver wildcard. However, a gearbox problem midway through the race not only cost us the default -15 points for a DNF but that doubled on account of him being our turbo driver.
If Alonso was to have a classified finish in the big race, our team could have almost hit the 200 mark, but it, unfortunately, wasn’t meant to be.
The Canadian Grand Prix from Montréal is the seventh round of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship with qualifying kicking off on June 9.
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