Totally agree that variety is a good thing, but there has to be a limit to the scale of that variety. Using a race track with sprinklers on would add variety but most people would be heavily against that. Uniqueness factor alone should not justify a place on the F1 calendar, it has to actually work as a motor race or you lose the integrity of the competition.mcdo wrote:But the nature of the track is what leads to it happening in the first place! How do people keep missing that? Without the barriers we don't get the Leclerc do or die scenario, we don't get the strategy fumble, we don't get Hamilton trying to lap slower than the backmarkers and we don't get the Verstappen will he/won't he. Without any of that we just get Spain again or Australia again or China again. Why do you want another boring race the same as has been consistently delivered this year?j man wrote:At any other venue I'd agree with you, but context is important here. The wheel banging only happened because the track layout didn't give Verstappen any opportunity to make a proper overtake attempt. This wasn't the two leaders tussling side by side for the win, it was the driver in second place sticking in a no-hope passing attempt because he'd run out of options.mcdo wrote:When race leaders are banging wheels with 3 laps to go then it goes into the "interesting" column. Unlike most races this yearj man wrote:Improving Monaco? Just get rid of Monaco!
I'm so fed up with it, it's an utter farce of a sporting event. I just cannot understand the viewpoint of people saying this year's race was in any way interesting, surely anyone who's watched the race a few times knew that Hamilton wasn't going to be overtaken.
The best idea I've heard for it is to make it a time trial event with a handful of points dished out. That way we get to watch something akin to Monaco qualifying which is actually great to watch, but without the 2 hours of tedium on the Sunday, while the world's millionaires still get an excuse to drink champagne and pose with their yachts.
For me, wondering whether Verstappen is going to wipe out the race leader in frustration at the lack passing opportunities is not the hallmark of a great motor race.
This race was different to those. And variety is a good thing. It's healthy for the sport. The idea that someone would clap their hands after Verstappen breezes by Hamilton on a mile-long mile-wide DRS-activated straight and prefer that to the tension created on Sunday, and the ultimate banging of wheels, makes me sad. The former is not a race, the latter is
To me the Monaco Grand Prix just has no credibility as a sporting event, the race order is 99.99% decided by the starting order and by what happens around pitstops and on race day the drivers have minimal opportunity to influence their result through their own ability, it doesn't go beyond whether they can keep it out of the walls for 78 laps. They can pretty much drive around at any speed they want to without it making any difference whatsoever. That is what bothers me about it.
I have nothing against there being some urban circuits that are difficult to race on, Singapore and Baku have been fine additions to the calendar. But the Monaco Grand Prix for me is just too far on the uniqueness scale, it would be like holding a round of Premier League football matches in a tennis arena; those who want to see a good game of football are only going to end up disappointed.