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With the circus on the move to the drizzly (well, for now at least!) streets of Monaco, we just have time to look back at the highlights from last weeks testing where we saw a number of potential stars of the future get track time.  Key among the runners were Stoffel Vandoorne who qualified for his super license in the McLaren, Suzie Wolff who had a reasonable day in the Williams after an early off, and Daniel Juncadella (Force India) and Danil Kyvat who spent the most time in the gravel traps of any driver.  Worth mentioning the strong running and good pace of the Lotus which - despite Maldonados best efforts to the contrary - managed to stay on the track the whole time and even topped the timesheets by a whole second on Wednesday.  Following on from Grosjeans good showing in the Spanish GP, are we about to see a mid-season charge from the Lotus??

Many media outlets over the race weekend made mention of the gaggle of race promoters who had turned up to hassle Bernie Ecclestone about the damage being done to gate receipts with the quieter cars this season.  All promoters that is, except the Chinese - maybe they have other ways to get people to the event rather than having to rely on it being a noisy spectacle!  But for the rest of the world, all eyes - and ears - were on the back-end of the Mercedes when it came out for its first run, complete with the noise amplification device that had been touted by the team as the potential answer to making the cars sound exciting.  I have to say, I was rather underwhelmed to see what looked like an 1800s nautical bull-horn shoved up the tailpipe of the car.  Seriously!  I have to wonder whether the Mercs were just having a giant joke on the world, especially when the offending device was removed after only a couple of laps.  However, the damage was done and the internet went into overdrive with various memes (some funny, some crass) appearing within an hour or two.  I have a soft spot for jazz, so this one is my favorite.......

To close off this week, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the sudden passing of Sir Jack Brabham at his home on the Gold Coast (QLD, Australia) yesterday.  Sir Jack is remarkable because he was a three-time F1 world champion, but more remarkable still in that he is still the only constructor / driver to win a world championship.  I look forward to seeing how his life and contribution to modern F1 is remembered during this weekends events.

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