Race Recap: For the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix, NASCAR comes to the principality

When Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, it meant Mercedes-AMG had taken the number one spot in the last four races, and it’s Rosberg that’s claimed the last three of those. The problem that Mercedes would have at any other track on the calendar – even in overtake-phobic places like Hungary and Valencia – is that Mercedes can’t hold onto its lead in the race because of how the car abuses its Pirellis. In the last race, Rosberg went from pole position to fifth position at the flag and Lewis Hamilton might have well have been driving in the opposite direction to traffic, falling from second at the start to 12th at the finish.

In Monaco, where even the best cars in the field have a tough time getting around slowpokes, Mercedes would have its best chance to convert pole position to the stop step on the podium, and it would do it by following The Tortoise Dictum: “Slow and steady wins the race.”

In wet and dry qualifying conditions that rained some surprises on the grid, Rosberg lined up first ahead of a “struggling” Hamilton, followed by the Infiniti Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, then Kimi Räikkönen in the Lotus, Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari, Sergio Perez in seventh outqualifying his McLaren teammate Jenson Button in ninth, Adrian Sutil in the Force India in eighth and Jean-Eric Vergne getting his Toro Rosso into Q3 for the first time in his career in the tenth spot.

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa would be starting from the back of the grid because of a major crash on the front straight when he locked his front wheels and slid into the left side of the track, caromed off the barriers and then slid into the barriers on the outside of the first turn at St. Devote. His mechanics couldn’t get the car rebuilt in time for him to set a lap time. A diplomatic but very unhappy Paul di Resta would start from way down in 17th because his race engineer didn’t call him in for a new set of intermediate tires in Q1 and he didn’t make the cut. Giedo van der Garde would get his Caterham into 15th, the first time a Caterham has been in Q2 all season and the team’s highest grid spot since Heikki Kovaleinen got 13th on the grid in Belgium in 2010.

When the lights went out there was a furious race to the front corner that didn’t change the order, and then the Mercedes’ slowed things right down. Rosberg qualified with a lap time of 1:13.876, but in the race lapped at a 1:22 or 1:23 pace to be kind to his tires. No one could get around him and so everyone spread out in order to be in clear air and tend to their Pirellis. There were 2- and 2.5-second gaps between cars and radio messages were engineers telling drivers to use higher gears so as not to spin out of corners. Commentator Martin Brundle said, “My mum’s a great driver and I reckon she could drive as fast as that.”

The only action was a move that Button pulled on Sutil to claim a place, and van der Garde’s first lap collision with Maldonado that cost the Caterham driver a trip to the pits. The order at the top didn’t change otherwise until Webber was the first of the leader to pit on Lap 26, and most of the top ten save for Rosberg and Hamilton followed suit.

On Lap 30 Massa had a crash that looked like an instant replay of his incident the day before, locking up on the front straight and slamming into the barriers on the left side and at St. Devote. That brought out the safety car, and that brought Rosberg and Hamilton into the pits. Hamilton, though, dropped back so far – he said he was trying to leave space for the pit crew to finish Rosberg’s car – that when he emerged from the pits he slotted in behind Vettel and Webber, who were now second and third, and that’s exactly how the top four positions would look at the end of the race. Hamilton tried to get around Webber for a few laps until his team told him to cool it over tire issues.

Elsewhere it was carnage and the occasional pass. Perez began stalking the Nouvelle Chicane to pass, getting Button with a clean move and then Alonso with a controversial move, then trying to do the same with Räikkönen near the end of the race. He came from so far back that when Räikkönen turned in, Perez got trapped between the Lotus’ rear wheel and the barrier. The incident damaged the McLaren’s brake ducts and Perez retired five laps from the end, a sixth-place finish lost in the carbon dust.

A few laps later Max Chilton in the Marussia pulled over into Pastor Maldonado in the Williams, sending the Williams airborne and then into the barriers, causing the barrier to detach from its mooring and block the track. The race was red-flagged, and during the 25-minute break all of the runners got new tires.

The restart didn’t change the order, but the Force India drivers would: Sutil passed both Alonso and Button at the Lowe’s Hairpin, di Resta was coming up through the field from the depths, passing a number of cars into the first turn. Sutil would finish fifth, di Resta would get from 17th to ninth at the finish.

Button also managed to get past Alonso, the Ferrari driver balked up into the last turn behind Sutil and in going wide allowed the McLaren through. Alonso said that, unlike the previous races, he just didn’t have the pace on Sunday.

Then came Grosjean’s fourth crash of the weekend, when he went straight on into the back of Daniel Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso coming out of the tunnel. Ricciardo was defending the position in the middle of the circuit, when he braked for the turn into the Nouvelle Chicane, Grosjean didn’t and clobbered the Toro Rosso. Ricciardo’s race was done right there – he radioed his crew and said “You can probably guess the driver” – Grosjean would retire a few laps later with a broken floor.

After all the non-racing of the day – lap times didn’t really get respectable until Lap 51 – it was Räikkönen who made a storming drive to close the race. The Finn had to pit because of a puncture after his incident with Perez. That dropped him to the back, and he was 16th with six laps to go. His streak of 33 consecutive finishes wasn’t at stake, but his string of 22 points finishes was. He picked off the cars in front at seconds per lap, claiming the last points-paying position in tenth because Nico Hülkenberg in the Sauber was driving on his tires’ steel belts and couldn’t hold the Lotus off. One more race in the points and Räikkönen will tie Michael Schumacher’s record.

The final order was Rosberg, Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Sutil, Button, Alonso, Jean-Eric Vergne in eighth with a quiet race in the Toro Rosso, di Resta and Räikkönen. The win gave Rosberg the second of his career and undoubtedly the sweetest of his career, 30 years after his father won the same race in a Williams, and jumped him up to fifth in the Driver’s Championship. On the leaderboard, Vettel’s second place put more distance between himself and rivals – he’s at 107, followed by Räikkönen with 86 and Alonso with 78.

The Constructor’s Championship got an Infiniti Red Bull boost as well; they’re now leading with 164 points, followed by Ferrari with 123, Lotus with 112 and Mercedes with 109.

That’s another year in the books for Monaco – the fourth in a row with an appearance from the safety car, which might have had to pit for tires itself. We’ll see you in two weeks with a live report from the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Ferrari-driving kid’s parents charged by Indian police [w/video]

Young boy captured joyriding in father's Ferrari on video - screencap

Earlier this month, we reported on a video that was circulating the internet which showed a young boy driving a Ferrari F430 on a street in India while other children watched and two adults recorded the whole thing. And that was all that we knew at the time. Now, there is more information about the car, the kids and their parents thanks to an article in the Daily Mail. As it turns out, a wealthy businessman let his son drive the Ferrari as a present for his ninth birthday and recorded the whole thing while his six-year-old son was riding shotgun.

According to the report, the father, Muhammad Nizam, faces charges and possibly the seizure of the car for letting his son get behind the wheel. Oddly enough, the video is still up on YouTube, and we have it posted for you below.

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Amazing LaFerrari tribute watch more intricate than the real thing [w/video]


50-day power reserve: A World Record power reserve for a hand-wound Tourbillon wristwatch.

Movement 100% designed, developed and produced by the Hublot Manufacture engineers and watchmakers

25/04/13 — We are in the world of the exceptional. The MP-05 “LaFerrari” represents a very special series, entirely designed and developed by the Hublot Manufacture engineers and watchmakers in tribute to “LaFerrari”.

In a demonstration and testimony that lives up to the car, it has achieved a historic record with its 50-day power reserve. It is also the watch with the most watchmaking components created to date by Hublot (637).

The watch and the car: The MP-05 “LaFerrari” was developed – in technical and design terms – entirely in parallel with the car, alongside the Ferrari teams. They share a number of common points. Able to boast no fewer than 637 components for the movement, which is also equipped with a Tourbillon, as well as a power reserve of approximately 50 days thanks to its 11 barrels, arranged in a line just like a spinal column and interconnected so that they do not each discharge in turn but support each other, this watch is closer to being a concept watch.

The watch is finely wrought in terms of shape, featuring a complex shaped sapphire crystal clearly reminiscent of the car’s outline, as well as an open case-back, and is made from black PVD titanium. It is topped by a titanium and carbon insert in its centre, revealing the winding crown. The time-setting crown is positioned under the case. Both are completely integrated into the design, and therefore practically invisible.

The movement has an original display, featuring first off on the front vertical face the small seconds indicated by means of an aluminium cylinder fastened onto the suspended Tourbillon cage (significantly bigger than usual with a cage diameter of 14.50 mm, for even better appreciation of the mechanical parts).

The hour and minute are displayed to the right of the barrels, also indicated by means of one anodised black aluminium cylinder each. On their left is the cylinder indicating the power reserve. Reinforcing bars either side, made from anodised red aluminium, bring to mind Ferrari’s red signature.

A small detail, but one which makes reading the time easier; on each cylinder the size of the numerals has been maximised with white SuperLuminova™, to enhance the display for ease of reading. This is all rounded off by a rubber strap with a special folding buckle in black PVD titanium.

The desire for a truly exceptional watch has been extended to the design of the presentation case, made from schedoni leather and carbon fibre, containing the specific tools for winding the watch, and whose design was also inspired by the world of motoring. Limited edition of 50 numbered pieces.

Reference 905.ND.0001.RX
Series 50 numbered pieces
Case Black PVD made of titanium
Functions Hour and minute indicated by anodised black aluminium cylinders
SuperLuminova™ markings
Power reserve indicated by an anodised black aluminium cylinder
SuperLuminova™ markings
Seconds indicated by an anodised black aluminium cylinder
SuperLuminova™ markings
Suspended vertical Tourbillon
Ergonomic time-setting system under the case middle (wrist side)
Invisible manual winding
11 series-coupled barrels

Movement dimensions: Ø 45.8 x 39.5 mm
Thickness 15.30 mm
Tourbillon cage diameter Ø 14.50 mm
Number of jewels 108
Number of components 637
Frequency 21,600 Vib/h (3 Hz)
Power reserve 50 days

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F70 Ferrari Enzo


F70 Ferrari Enzo

 Photos of Ferrari F70 Enzo

If  you need to ask the price for the upcoming Ferrari Enzo F70 then you probably are in the wrong car market and should set your eyes on a simpler vehicle.  You will likely see CEO Amedeo Felisa driving one very soon as the Ferrari replacement for the Enzo "supercar" hits the highways!

Code-named F70, the Enzo successor has also been referred to as the Enzo II and Project FX150.  A total of 8 years have passed since the original Ferrari Enzo ended in production.  It will be constructed using carbon fiber and powered by a center mounted V-12 engine.  The individual body panels will use some of the most advanced composite materials available.  Lateral and Longitudinal dynamic characteristics have enhanced the F70 handling. Torque management, traction control along with brake distribution provides for this functionality.  Vehicles like the Enzo are vital to maintaining and upgrading the qualities of premium auto manufacturers.

Italian designer Flavio Manzoni is in the midst of planning a tri-curve design (one for the front fender, one ondulating bend for the roof and one final curve for the rear fender area).  For F70 high visibility he has incorporated an extensive glass area for the vehicle.  An advanced aerodynamics package is in the works which will include active flaps in the front bumper and additional flaps and new intakes in the rear section.  The front bumper will be similar to the F12 Berlinetta.

The structure in the F70 will entail a high-displacement V-12 engine tracked to a dual-clutch transmission and electric motor propelling the rear axle. A dual or secondary electric motor will provide power to auxiliary functions to create less load on the vehicle's engine.

The F70 proportions could exceed those of the current Enzo thus making it wider and longer.  The extra length will support the F70's new hybrid drivetrain(HY-KERS) which is based on the technology coming from Ferrari’s Formula 1 Racing endeavors.  The V-12 powertrain will most likely be a version of the D (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) system to add additional power.

The F70 lithium ion batteries (Samsung is the supplier) will be provided juice thru the kinetic energy recovery system (KERS).  The KERS system utilises numerous electrical lines for its functionality.  The system expects to put out approximately 120 HP.

The F70 will be made public at the Detroit Auto Show in January, 2013.  It will also appear at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in the spring.  Its Competition includes the Bugatti Veyron, Jaguar C-X75, and Porsche 918.


The Ferrari Enzo F70 is truly powerful coupe!



Additional Features and Information for the Ferrari Enzo F70



  • It possesses a carbon fiber chasis with a Formula One Style exterior.
  • The chassis will be 20-percent lighter than the Enzo's, yet stiffer.
  • The engine will be in the neighborhood of 900 – 920 horsepower.
  •  It contains a mid-mounted V-12 assisted by the energy-regenerating HY-KERS unit
  • Weight for the whole car has been suggested to come in about 2,550 lb 

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  • Ferrari is targeting a 7.3-liter version of the 6.3-liter V-12.
  • The F70 will have a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
  • Two inverters and a smart cooling system will be included within the vehicles package.
  • Emissions may be about 38 percent lower in comparison to a non-hybrid vehicle.
  • The individual body panels will use some of the most advanced composite materials available.