Grand Prix 2021 Monaco Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Many of our loyal readers will have noticed that this seasons PQR threads have taken on a more frivolous tone. I feel that in these trying times a little humour goes a long way. Having said that however, we are now going to discuss the Monaco GP so a different tone is required.

Monaco is the jewel in F1’s crown. It is the fresh crisp linen on clean bedding day. It is the smell of new mown hay on a warm summers evening. It is to F1 what that first visit to the toilet after a long drive home is to relief. A special place for special people. Racing in Monte Carlo gives the average person a chance to see how the rich and famous live. To look down lovingly on the chosen few in their yachts and trackside balconies while being grateful to spend time in such giddy company.

To honour this track then, I will review 3 classic races that made front page headlines the world over and helped contribute to the myth and the legend that is the Monaco grand prix circuit.

Firstly, we must start with the absolute classic that was the 1966 Monaco GP. Few would have predicted at the start of this race that impact it would have on the world championship. A championship that would end in tragedy and go right down to the wire. The race weekend saw a close fight between the Brit, Scott Stoddard and American Pete Aron in the racing green and gold Jordan cars and their rivals Jean-Pierre Sarti and Nino Barlini in the Ferraris. Few remember now that the opening laps were quite dull. As the mid race point approached however, Pete Aron started to experience gear box issues. Desperately trying to fend of Stoddard, who had been gaining on him lap by lap, Aron struggled to keep the car in gear. Coming on to the waterfront stretch of the track Aron thrust his arm in the air to allow Stoddard to pass when suddenly the engine on his Jordan seized and he lost control sending Stoddard into a fiery crash and pitching both men and cars into the harbour. Stoddard’s injuries were severe and enough to see him miss a significant part of the season while Aron was immediately fired from the Jordan team. The impact this had on the season was significant. Going into the final round at Monza, Stoddard had made an amazing recovery and, with Aron now racing for the Japanese Yamura team, any one of the four drivers could still win the title. What happened at that race will have to wait for another day.

The next race I would like to focus on involves sports cars. Another class of racing which alongside rallying, has left its mark on the principality. The 1977 Trans-France Race was an absorbing battle won in truly remarkable fashion. The race unfolded into a four-way battle between Jim Douglas driving a Volkswagen, Diane Darcy in a Lancia, the German Bruno Von Stickle and the Frenchman Claude Gilbert. The battle between the four of them was fierce and even at times potentially lethal. Darcy was first to retire when her Lancia failed, and this was followed shortly after by Gilbert departing from the race. Von Stickle however, still held a commanding lead and would be extremely difficult to pass as the cars headed into the narrow streets of Monaco. It was then that Douglas pulled off a move in the number 53 Volkswagen that is still being talked about today. As the two cars entered the narrow-tunnelled section of the F1 circuit, instead of passing Von Stickle, Douglas drove his car firstly along the barrier and then up the tunnel wall and finally upside down along the tunnel roof. It was a thrilling victory and marked the 20th win for Jim Douglas and the Volkswagen car. Hearts were also set racing when it was announced that Jim Douglas and Diane Darcy had fallen in love after the race.

Finally, here's a more recent race that captured the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Another type of racing that takes place in Monaco usually occurs one or two weeks prior to the F1 GP. The Historic Monaco Grand Prix takes in cars from all over the world and all eras of history. On this occasion the race featured a demonstration race involving cars that had raced in the IRL series in previous years. One of these cars was sponsored by Amreican industrialist Tony Stark. Only a few weeks before Stark had announced to the world that he was the man behind the armour known as Iron Man. His presence in Monaco had already caused headlines when he decided that he was going to replace his regular driver and take to the street track himself. Stark, a keen amateur racing driver acquitted himself well and increased his pace as the race progressed. Suddenly, at around the mid race point, Anton Vanko, a former Stark industries employee with a major grievance against his old boss, encroached on to the race circuit and caused carnage with two electrified whips. Fortunately, Stark managed to just about fend Vanko off and while the number of cars destroyed was high and the fiery explosions seen world-wide on TV looked deadly, no one was seriously injured in the incident.

So, contrary to popular belief, Monaco isn’t a track that’s far too narrow, provides for dull racing and almost no overtaking while only remaining in the calendar because it is a playground for the rich and famous. As these examples above have shown, it provides for thrilling races throughout its history and we all hope that the next GP here will be another of those.
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Think it's a throwback to this F1Brits_90

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Greenlantern101

Super Hero And All Round Good Guy
Contributor
With Formula E racing here last week we have at last a direct comparison of formula e vs F1. It's rather laughable.

Pole times
F1 2019 - 1.10.166 - 106.4 av mph
F2 2019 - 1.20.676 - 92.5 av mph
GP3 2012 - 1.28.008 - 84.8 av mph
Fe 2021 - 1.31.317 - 81.76 av mph
 
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F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
With Formula E racing here last week we have at last a direct comparison of formula e vs F1. It's rather laughable.

Pole times
F1 2019 - 1.10.166 - 106.4 av mph
F2 2019 - 1.20.676 - 92.5 av mph
GP3 2012 - 1.28.008 - 84.8 av mph
Fe 2021 - 1.31.317 - 81.76 av mph
to be fair yes, it is a bit funny that its slower than a GP3 car, although the Nouvelle chicane was made tighter so that will have effected the pace & was slower. but in its defence it was potentially the best race around the streets of monaco ive seen for a while
 

Dartman

Pole Sitter
Back in 1966 6 cars were faster in qualifying than FE fastest qualifier in cars of probably similar size to to FE cars but no aero but certainly lighter and with about 350bhp max. That GP was 100 laps and no refuelling, what price progress?:whistle:
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
heres a nice bit of fun, gets your race number appartantly i have watched 414 races,

which which slightly scary, that ive watched 414 qualifying sessions & races. which working out at 75mins per qualifying & 2hrs per race, ive spent 57 days watching F1LOL

 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
Charles leclerc yet more bad luck in Monaco, gearbox failure within 10 minutes, he makes Rubens Barrichello feel lucky at his home race.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
was looking at old layout of monaco to try to pin down a year of when something changed & so weird now to see where the swimming pool run off is, is water back in 2000

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F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
i know its Thursday & they still have 1.7 secs to go to pure pole position time

but wow carlos sainz, 3 tenths quicker than anyone. & teammate in 4th. could we be in for a big upset this weekend
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Edit - Ferrari 1-2 now
 
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The Artist.....

Champion Elect
So, Autosport is reporting that Ferrari are admitting to running flexible rear wings. Surely they should be disqualified from the race then? I really detest the way that the teams seem to think that the regs are what passes tests, not what is written in the regulations!

If you have a flexible rear wing, this is a movable aerodynamic device, and not allowed. It doesn't matter what the tests are. If you've designed it so that it passes the test, but is illegal everywhere else, then you are deliberately trying to hide that you're breaking the rules, and should be thrown out of the championship.
  • Tyrrell were thrown out for using "lead shot" in their water tanks
  • BAR were thrown out of 3 races for using an extra fuel tank
 
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