Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team driver Sebastian Vettel overcame a challenging wet Monaco Grand Prix to score a point, while team-mate Lance Stroll made progress around the tricky-to-pass circuit.
Today was a race in which anything could happen, but we were able to run a clean race and score a point.
"Today was a race in which anything could happen, but actually it was quite a clean and straightforward race for me. We managed to pick up a point, which was a good effort because it is always difficult to make progress at Monaco, especially with only one dry line. Given the way the race developed, I do not think we could have finished any higher. It was a real struggle on the Wet tyres in the early laps so that is why we went to the Intermediate as soon as we could."
It was always going to be a tricky race in the wet weather, but there are positives to take.
"I knew it would be a struggle to score points when starting so far back and it was always going to be a tricky race in the wet weather, but there are positives to take. We made the right call by switching to the Intermediate tyres early on because it was clearly the best compound. Overtaking is difficult at Monaco, so getting past Tsunoda at Rascasse was a pleasing move and showed that the car is becoming more competitive - especially considering the slower-speed corners here."
Rain played havoc with everyone's plans and the result was an incident-packed, time-limited race.
"On paper you could describe our performance in the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix as follows: Sebastian lost one place from his P9 qualifying position to finish 10th in the race, and Lance gained four places from his P18 qualifying position to finish 14th in the race. The truth was much more complex, since rain played havoc with everyone's plans and the result was an incident-packed, time-limited race in which the weather was the key until the dry-track restart after the lap-30 red flag. Thereafter, Sebastian drove well to manage tyre wear, and was able to stay well within 5s of [Esteban] Ocon, thereby converting his P11 on-track finishing position to P10 after Ocon's 5.0sec penalty had been applied: a hard-earned World Championship point for us. Lance also did his best in difficult circumstances, but overtaking is practically impossible here so points were always going to be out of reach for him today."
Your guide to Monaco
Insight and Speed
Crucial in Monaco because slower cars can easily keep faster machines behind. Teams will be looking to secure a strong qualifying result, with further gains likely to be made via the undercut. With an average of two overtakes per race since 2018, on-track passing is rarely the way forward.
The softest Pirelli range (C3, C4 and C5) will be used in Monaco and there's only a 20-second time loss in the pits – but don't expect multiple stops. Drivers will likely pit early to make up track position and then manage the compounds until the end.
F1 rarely worries about the two-hour time limit, but it can be a factor in Monaco. Race distance is a mere 260km, but recoveries under Safety Cars are often lengthy and challenging. Historically, 80% of Monaco GPs have featured a Safety Car, with 20% of dry races featuring the Virtual Safety Car since it was first introduced.
Unlocking the Lap
Picking a highlight around a lap of the Monaco Grand Prix is no easy feat, but few corners require more of a specialist approach than the Fairmont hairpin.
This is the slowest corner on the F1 calendar, taken at speeds as slow as 48km/h (30mph) at a hairpin so tight that teams and drivers run a modified steering rack to cope with what often feels like a traffic jam on the opening laps.
Another unique challenge is the run from Turns Nine to 11, which encompasses drivers blasting out of the tunnel section into the blinding sunlight, requiring drivers to trust in their car and muscle memory.
Once drivers readjust, the Nouvelle Chicane looms. This tricky left-to-right complex has become a possible overtaking point, but the barriers have claimed many drivers' races in recent years.
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