Qualifying has, this season, been very successful. And although certain SofaF1 correspondents (mentioning no names Nick) would like to see it stay as it is, the odd tweak to the format in the third section aside it is a great format.
(Personally I’d like to see the final section be the same length it is now, with the ability to go beyond the end of the session for the last lap, but the teams have to declare driver start fuel before they start on that session, but you go out on low fuel. That way you’d still get the mixed up complications that make it all fun but you’d get a pure lap pole.)
But that isn’t really what this post is about. This post is about what might happen at the next race. There are three things we know about qualifying at Monaco from previous years:
1) It’s really difficult and dangerous to deal with traffic on a fast lap.
2) The track becomes faster during qualifying more that most other race tracks.
3) It’s so difficult with overtaking that it was the only track where even single lap qualifying caused difficulties with slowing traffic (Montoya and …).
So for this race coming up qualifying is going to be insane. Everyone is going to wait as late as possible and everyone is going to b needing to be on the same track as everyone else and at least one of the big names is going to be behind everyone else.
Everyone who hasn’t won is counting on this factor to win the Monaco grand prix. Jenson thinks he’s a dead cert, Kimi must be odds on, I mean even David thinks he’s going to win it.
My guess? Massa’s first win? Why? I have no idea.