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The Ups And Downs Of Monaco

As we reflect on another dramatic Monaco Grand Prix with an Aussie on the podium, it’s a good time to remember the (mis)adventures of Australia’s greatest racer on F1’s most challenging circuit.

In May 1957 a rangy, dark-haired bloke from Down Under made his first appearance at the Grand Prix de Monaco – and at first it didn’t go too well.

It was the third year of Jack Brabham’s attempt to conquer Fortress Europe and he felt he had a pretty significant weapon in his arsenal this time. It was an ‘interim’ Cooper with a reworked 1960cc Coventry Climax engine.

Legends Have A New Home

Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE and Alan Jones MBE, who were immortalised at the 2013 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix with their likeness sculptured in bronze, now have a new home.

The bronze busts have been cemented in place at the end of pit lane at the Albert Park circuit, not far from where they were officially unveiled on Sunday March 17.

A Game Of Two Halves

ROUND 6 – Monaco, 26 May 2013, Monte Carlo

1st: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 2hrs 17m 52.056s (av. race speed 113.378 km/h)
2nd: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault), gap: 3.888s
3rd: Mark Webber (Red Bull Renault), gap: 6.314s

Fastest Lap: Vettel, 1:16.577 = 157.018 km/h on lap 77
Pole Position: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 1:13.876 = 162.759 km/h

Waiting In The Wings

Notice anything about the Spanish Grand Prix? An unusual name opposite the fastest race lap – and a ray of sunshine in a difficult start to one young man’s F1 career… Esteban Gutiérrez must have thought he’d done everything right.

At 21, the young Mexican had been looming on the F1 horizon for several years. European Formula BMW champion, first-ever winner of the new GP3 feeder category, a multiple race-winner in GP2 – he had already been test and development driver for Sauber since 2011.

A Tyred Formula?

ROUND 5 – Spain, 12 May 2013, Barcelona

1st: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), 1hr 39m 16.596s (av. race speed 185.605 km/h)
2nd: Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault), gap: 9.338s
3rd: Felipe Massa (Ferrari), gap: 26.049s

Fastest Lap: Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber Ferrari), 1:26.217 = 194.370 km/h on lap 56
Pole Position: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 1:20.718 = 207.611 km/h

Déjà vu in the desert

ROUND 4 – Bahrain, 21 April 2013, Sakhir

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault), 1hr 36m 00.498 (av. race speed 192.632 km/h)
2nd: Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault), gap: 9.111s
3rd: Romain Grosjean (Lotus Renault), gap: 19.507s

Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault), 1:36.961 = 200.938 km/h on lap 55

Pole Position: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 1:32.330 = 211.017 km/h

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