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This season we have seen how starts are almost as important as qualifying in setting up a driver for a good result. Crucial places gained off the line by Alonso in the Spanish Grand Prix or Raikkonen in the Australian Grand Prix, for example, set them up for their wins in those respective races. Starts at Monaco make a huge difference; last year 13 cars ended the opening lap in a different position from their grid slot
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has praised the attitude of Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez in the wake of the team’s disappointing start to 2013. The 23-year-old joined the Woking-based team from Sauber ahead of the season, but with the MP4-28 so far failing to live up expectations, Perez and team mate Jenson Button have been unable to fight for race wins
Formula One racing has witnessed many dramatic finishes over the years, but in terms of sheer shock value, few come close to matching the end of the 1970 Monaco Grand Prix. Starting his final lap, long-time race leader Jack Brabham knew he merely had to snake his way around the twisting 3.1 kilometres of harbour-side tarmac without incident to be guaranteed victory. What could possibly go wrong?