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I haven't looked at Monaco in detail yet but here are my rough notes for FP based on current form;
RedBull? Should be the fastest car based on recent form.
Merc? Car not suited to the circuit and they struggle on the softer compounds.
Ferrari? Looked a bit off key in Spain.
Ferrari dominated last years race.
Note form in S3 at Barcelona (Merc slow).
Test after Spain maybe very relevant.
Qually as always at Monte Carlo will be important.
Look at tyres.
WhooHoo, finally the first run for the HyperSoft.
Look at team tyre selections.
Note US lasted a long, long time last year.
Last years US is equivalent to this years SS.
Strategy may have the potential to effect track position (overcut).
Remember Kimi and Seb stops last year.
Did Kimi get pole last year? And Kimi is on song this year.
Some blokes may reconsider their comp entries?
I'm surprised no one thought about changing their comp entries.
Will any teams qualify in Q2 on the UltraSoft?
Starting on the more durable UltraSoft tyre may give an advantage allowing a longer first stint.
Even though it is slower if they maintain position at the start once underway being passed is unlikely.
Although with a slower tyre there is always the danger of an undercut pass.
And as passing in Monte Carlo is nigh impossible grid position is paramount.
For most teams but not all, the HyperSoft is approx one second quicker than the UltraSoft.
So trying to qually on the US may well result in being bumped out of Q2.
Passing at the start is one of the few passing opportunities at Monte Carlo.
For any team starting on the US the lower grip poses a real danger of being passed off the grid.
If a team finds they are not much quicker on the HyperSoft.
If a team finds they get very high degredation on the HyperSoft.
And that team has a set of UltraSoft tyres available.
Then that team may find the UltraSoft is a compromise worth trying in Q2.
One of the top trio fit that description.
Will be interesting to watch.