Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by RasputinLives, May 14, 2018.
It's a great event, but Saturday is the highlight - almost always.
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Monaco GP driver ratings
Bit harsh on Bottas I think.
I will be so pleased when Sky no longer own F1.
Monaco GP: Jolyon Palmer column - Is it time to make changes?
It seems that a hell of a lot of scales have fallen from eyes this weekend. Yes, the spectacle wasn't great, but there's a simple fact that loads seem to be ignoring. This. Is. Monaco. This is what it has been like for many, many years. In 2012, it started to rain in the latter stages of the race and Mark Webber backed off so he didn't wall it. The top six in that race finished within six seconds of the winner; that's not a recommendation as to how close it was but a condemnation of how little threat the leader was under even with a whole cast of challengers on his tail.
In 2011, Jenson Button lost the Monaco Grand Prix pitting with the effect of surrendering track position, in the expectation that the two leaders' tyres would go off. A red flag means we never found out if those tyres would have gone off and a lengthy circular argument ensued on this website. But it has become clear that the only thing that matters is track position; get into Turn One first, then don't cock the strategy up and you have won the Monaco Grand Prix. Annually it is predictable. Annually it is dull. Over the last four years, three have been won because of a pit error (HAM 2015, RIC 2016, RAI 2017) and allowed another past (ROS 2015, HAM 2016, VET 2017), and the other has been won by a car that had actually failed.
I struggle to work out how Palmer intends to improve the racing at Monaco by whacking harder tyres on the cars. The drivers would still back off; why wouldn't you? You can't hope to pass, and if you can't be threatened from behind unless a much faster car has erred its way behind you. Unless they're fools, they won't push. While blaming Pirelli for everything has been Formula One's media modus operandi for the last seven years, the fault is not theirs either.
Circuit de Monaco was described on TV as the "best racing circuit in the world" this weekend. It isn't. It's not even a racing circuit. It's a collection of streets. Even then, it's a narrow, twisty collection of streets. It is wholly insufficient to be hosting a Formula One event (and it's not even close). It is run in, by and in the style of a hereditary monarchy: anachronistic, high-society, entrenched, unchallengable, propagandist, dull and unquestioned. It had run its course at least twenty years ago, and they should all be aware of this.
Keep it on the calendar because of the tradition, the champagne or the prestige if you want, but don't delude anyone that this should be a good race, and it is the fault of any organisation or group if it isn't. This is Monaco, it's what you want to keep and it is what you'll get, year in year out, until it is removed from the calendar.
Considering, however, that the number one criticism of Formula One from non-fans is that it is over-privileged, processional and just plain dull, how does it look to the rest of the world that the race held up to be its crown jewel is all of those things in excelsis. How do you sell a sport by making this event your shop window? Frankly, anything worth preserving about Monaco can be found at Monza anyway...
Now I'm sure from his perspective actually being there is a very different prospect to what we mere fans sat at home watching on the tv experience. For years we haven't really seen a true race there. Sure it can be incident filled, it can get hairy when it rains, but more often than not it's a procession that seems to go on for far too long.
I agree with a lot of what has been said here, it's a tradition, it's a big deal because it's Monaco and we all know that if drivers lose concentration they can bin the car in spectacular style. It's dangerous by the nature of the circuit and barriers, but it's not exactly a race. There is almost nowhere to overtake and even the DRS (which I don't like by the way as it's artificial) hasn't managed to encourage more overtaking here. If only they could run the Monaco race at a decent track like Spa instead
The benefit of the current regulations was seen in qualifying, which personally I enjoyed enormously, particularly the onboard camera footage. The challenge of accuracy for the drivers is incredible, and everything is happening much faster now than it was for Senna, Prost, Villeneuve and co. So I'd keep it on the calendar solely for that combination of spectacle and history (albeit the circuit has changed more than commentators would have us believe).
I wonder how much the Caterham/HRT/Marussia situation contributed many of those overtakes (but thanks for reminding me that Van Der Garde actually had a Formula One stint).
but these will be fewer and farther between as the cars become more reliable. It will never leave the F1 calender until F1 is dead and I doubt the circuit will change dramatically at any point unless they build more millionaires apartments on major parts of the track.
The problem I see is that many others try to ape what Monaco does and we will end up with more and more street circuits which will destroy what F1 is. Although dear old Bernie, and now Liberty media, seem to be trying to speed up it's death at a pace.
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