Hamilton’s curse broken, Ricciardo betrayed & Perez rejoiced
It was another eventful 74th edition of the legendary 78-lap Monaco Grand Prix F1, supervised from the newly inaugurated Race Control Center, with super yachts, helicopters and fast racing cars descending on the Principality from May 26-28, 2016, for the anticipated race and parties galore.
Ricciardo secured the pole position
The Mediterranean sun was at full force during the race qualifications, that saw 26 year-old Australian Daniel Ricciardo secured his first pole position of the season on board Red Bull using ultra soft tires, the most durable and less adhesive than the ultra softs used by his rivals, marking the fastest lap at 2 minutes and 13,622 seconds. The two Mercedes came behind him, the one of Nico Rosberg was 2nd by 0.291 seconds, and Lewis Hamilton 3rd, after suffering engine problems. Christian Horner, Red Bull team boss, was relieved as the newly promoted Dutch teenager Max Verstappen crashed into the barriers in the Swimming pool complex, and started back of the grid in the 21st position.
Rain dampened Sunday’s race & pit-stop error crashed Ricciardo’s hopes
The forecasted rain came down on Sunday forcing the pilots to start the race lead by the security car, taking away the excitement of the anticipated departure. After the powerful machines were finally allowed to race on their own, Ricciardo kept the front spot with ease until a pit-stop error enabled British Lewis Hamilton to pass him and run away with victory, ending the winning streak series of his teammate Rosberg and crashing the hopes of Ricciardo who tailgated him furiously till the end.
Watch the passionate account from an Italian commentator about Ricciardi’s regrettable pit-stop incident:
Mixed feelings at the podium
The usual broad smile had disappeared from his face when the Australian Red Bull driver joined winner Hamilton (McLaren) and 3rd placed Mexican Sergio Perez (Force India), on the podium where Prince Albert and Princess Charlene welcomed them. Hamilton and Perez were rejoicing with their teams, while Ricciardo shied away with a somber expression, in no mood to celebrate his 2nd position.
The Monaco Grand Prix known as the jewel in the crown of the Formula 1 season, adored by fans as much as feared by the drivers, as the Monegasque track has always reserved a lot of surprises. It is the race that pilots want to win, but it requires tact to avoid the cruel barriers. With its port backdrop, cramped Casino Square, tight hairpin turns and tunnel stretch, Monaco is a challenging track that allows the best to show off their dexterity.
Starting grid and Race Results Sunday, May 29, 2106
Drivers’ and Constructors’ standing at May 29, 2016
Ricciardo the star of Amber Lounge fashion show that raised Euro 283,000
Daniel Ricciardo, with his characteristic broad charming smile and good looks, had stolen the show on the runway of Amber Lounge at Le Meridien Hotel on Friday, May 27, 2016, during the 10th edition of their traditional and glamorous Charity Fashion event, that also featured pilots Jolyon Palmer, Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein, Felipe Nasr, Rio Haryanto, Marc Gene and Esteban Ocon, all exclusively dressed in Apsley suits.
The beautiful F1 ladies, and glamorous models wearing stunning creations by the British star designer Osman, joined the handsome men, on the catwalk. A special mention goes to the beautiful mannequins who had given their time and image free for a good cause, among them my dear friend Simone Saint Laurent from Brazil who has a heart of gold.
A total of Euro 283,000 was raised from the live charity auction benefiting The Amber Foundation supported by Eddie Jordan, which mission is helping troubled youngsters integrate into society and achieve a better future. The items offered included: My Seanna Yacht, a 56-meter luxury yacht; Yanush Gioielli’s jewelry masterpiece; a beautiful portrait of H.S.H Princess Grace of Monaco painted by Hayo Sol; a fabulous Bonato Milano 1960 jewelry set; a unique safari travel experience to South Africa’s Kruger National Park, kindly donated by Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco; a beautiful Nonos sculpture; and an exceptional golden egg by Franco-German artist Isabelle Arpagian.
Guests were treated to superb entertainment by Parson James, singer of KYGO, who stopped off in Monaco from his world tour to perform live in Amber Fashion. He opened the show in true Victoria’s Secret style, whilst the drivers “Stole the Show” across the floating catwalk. Parson went on to perform his new single “Temple” in front of A-list stars. Jasmine Thompson concluded the Amber Fashion Show with a live performance of her world-renowned collaboration with DJ Robin Schulz “Sun Goes Down”, and she captivated the star studded guests with her live rendition of “Ain’t Nobody” by Felix Jaehn.
Closing the Monaco Grand Prix with a bang
Amber Lounge Monaco continued over the weekend, introducing the brand-new concept Extravaganza with over twenty live performances on stage all night. Sunday was the highly anticipated F1 driver after-party celebrating the end of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, featuring hip-hop singer Akon, Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham, vice-captain of Manchester United Michael Carrick, celebrities such as Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, JC Chasez and Harry Roselmack, and a line-up of F1 drivers including Nico Rosberg, Kimi Räikkönen, Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso, who partied all night with the star studded guests. We also spotted Daniel Ricciardo smiling again, as he had returned to Amber Lounge to party with his friends and drown his sorrows in music and champagne. The Grand Prix hotspot proved once again to be the place to be during the F1 race weekends. Beautiful singer Jasmine Thompson and singer Parson Jones performed again to the delight of the guests, alongside famous international DJs, keeping the party going until the early wee hours of the morning.
Monaco’s challenging and glamorous Grand Prix has come to a close and the drivers will next race in Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, Canada on Sunday, June 12. While Amber Lounge will keep rocking the F1 weekends in Singapore in September, Mexico City in October and Abu Dhabi in November. The party goes on!