Monaco Grand Prix: Rate the race

What did you think of the Monaco Grand Prix? Rate the race and leave a comment below:

Rate the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix out of 10

  • 1 - Terrible (3%)
  • 2 - Rubbish (3%)
  • 3 - Boring (16%)
  • 4 - Often tedious (9%)
  • 5 - A bit dull (18%)
  • 6 - Not bad (17%)
  • 7 - Good (20%)
  • 8 - Great (9%)
  • 9 - Fantastic (3%)
  • 10 - Perfect (3%)

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95 comments on Monaco Grand Prix: Rate the race

  1. beneboy said on 24th May 2009, 15:38

    I thought it was a good race.

    The first 15-20 laps had lots going on, we got a bit of an engine saving phase in the middle with some more action towards the end.

    I thought the cars were better to watch this year, plenty of movement through the corners and some good 4-wheel drifts along the barriers for a few of them. Watching Massa really pushing it close to (and at times over) the limit of the track was great.

    In the context of the Championship we’ve seen the start of the Ferrari fightback, they had some good speed and managed to avoid any major errors and will hopefully push on in the next few races. Toyota & BMW seem to be going backwards while Force India were only one position away from scoring their first point.

    It might not have been a classic, you normally need rain at some point in the weekend for that at Monaco, but I thought it was good and gave it 7/10.

    I still think the new rules don’t go far enough and that we need to see another massive reduction in aero grip.

  2. Mahir C said on 24th May 2009, 15:44

    The team that got 1-2 in qualifying two races ago is dead last and people still call this season dull? If you wanna complain, complain about Kimi not getting a better start or Lewis for screwing his chances yesterday. But dont complain about Brawn and Button who just flawlessly do their job.

    About the race, we got some close battles and even odd overtaking in Monaco. There were crashes of people high up the order. So not a bad race IMO.

  3. StrFerrari4Ever said on 24th May 2009, 15:47

    The early phase of the race was exciting but as things settled down the race began to become boring however i kept watching with interest to see if Webber would catch the Fezza’s and to see Bourdais get a point but surprised by lack of safety car since Monaco is prone to them

  4. Smitty said on 24th May 2009, 15:49

    5/10.

    The first 10 laps were amazing – after that it was pretty dull. Button’s lap of honour was funny, though!

  5. carlos said on 24th May 2009, 15:51

    Massa predicted Brawn by June and it seems he was right. A couple of more races and this thing is over. Wide interpretation of rules has caused F1 to suck pretty badly this year.

  6. Brawn said on 24th May 2009, 15:56

    I enjoyed the race, I am a Brawn fan… but just as much a Ferrari one. just because the Brawns are at the front doesnt mean you cant watch the rest of the pack… Apart from Brawn the championship is pretty tight. I find that exiting even if theyre not competing for the top spot. Maybe thats just me.

  7. Peter said on 24th May 2009, 15:56

    Last year was a battle between Ferrari and Mclaren.

    This year is a battle between Brawn and ummmmmm well who else?

    It seems these new regulations have actually made the racing even more boring.

  8. Patrickl said on 24th May 2009, 16:05

    Why didn’t Massa get a penalty for all his chicane cutting? Even if the gain is only a tenth or so, it’s still an unfair advantage.

    Good show from Webber. Really a shame that Vettel crashed out, because it would have been better for Webber if he had beaten the chosen one on track.

    Also a bit unfortunate that Hamilto got rammed by Kubica. Otherwise we might have seen some nice overtaking. Kubica really is a bit of a ploinker. When things don’t go 100% he just drives like a jerk. Well actually even when they went 100% did he manage to get into an accident with Vettel …

    • Bigbadderboom said on 24th May 2009, 17:11

      Agreed Patrick, he was about 2-3 tenths quickeer when he was getting away with iy, he was carrying a lot more speed through.

    • David A said on 24th May 2009, 17:11

      Massa was warned.

      And yes, Kubica and the rest of the BMW team apart from Heidfeld are plonkers.

    • Nefastis said on 24th May 2009, 18:55

      Why are you lying about Kubica-Hamilton accident?

    • Maciek said on 25th May 2009, 6:11

      heeeeeeyy now there with the Kubica bashing! The guy drove like a total champ last year and now they give him a tractor – like your motivation/concentration wouldn’t suffer? Plus in Oz it was Vettel’s slip that caused the accident. So there.

  9. Oliver said on 24th May 2009, 16:06

    The moment Barichello got pat Kimi, you just knew the race was going BrawnGP’s way. With no refueling next year, it will only get worse. Despite how slow Vettel was at one point, he only had to move maybe 6inches off line and no way past.

  10. F1Yankee said on 24th May 2009, 16:11

    BORING

    • F1Yankee said on 24th May 2009, 22:29

      i’ve just watched the indy 500, my first indy viewing in years. i slept through the 1st half of it, and watched baseball for the 2nd half. final score:
      ULTRA BORING

      nascar is starting its 600 mile race soon. the pre-race show had that digger-versus-frenchie cartoon, and that’s about as far as i made it. final score:
      NASCAR BANNED FROM MY HOUSE

  11. Stefan said on 24th May 2009, 16:16

    I always thought Jenson was a great driver, his first season in F1 was a blinder and he was great against Villeneuve. I’ve watched for years hoping he’d finally get a good car again and prove me right – can’t believe it’s finally happened and I’m delighted. Am I the only person who’s actually enjoying this?

    • HounslowBusGarage said on 25th May 2009, 20:13

      No. Actually, I am too.
      i thought he had genuinely rotten luck at BAR and deserved better, Sure he nade a conplete pig’s ear of the contract situation re Williams, but the lad is basically a good driver.
      More deserving than most of the current crop.

  12. Lynn said on 24th May 2009, 16:22

    I voted boring, I dipped in and out and then switched off after 30 minutes. Think it’s Brawn all the way to November, so no need to watch. Why don’t they just award the championship now, cause it’s over.

    • Bigbadderboom said on 24th May 2009, 17:12

      The name of this site “F1 Fanatic” not sure many of us would turn off!! Anything can happen!!!

    • Patrickl said on 24th May 2009, 17:57

      Yeah, what nonsense is that? How can you even say it was boring when you didn’t see the whole race?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th May 2009, 20:59

      The name of this site “F1 Fanatic” not sure many of us would turn off!

      That genuinely made me laugh out loud :-)

  13. Damon said on 24th May 2009, 16:27

    It was an excellent Monaco race. More overtaking than ever as I can remember in the last 15 years.

  14. Rikadyn said on 24th May 2009, 16:45

    We’d see better racing IMO, if the teams could test, given the ban on it, plus most teams not going the way of the DDD…

    But none of that would effect the processional that is Monaco.

  15. theRoswellite said on 24th May 2009, 16:46

    Rating this race, as any other race, is a completely subjective matter. Instead of asking, “How good was the race?”, it might be more meaningful to ask, “How much did I enjoy the race?”

    And, as always, one’s enjoyment of anything is determined as much by what YOU bring to the event in question, as what happens in the event itself.

    Some of us appreciate only very close racing with plenty of passing. Some (few in F1 I hope) even require accidents to enliven the “show”. While many, perhaps long time “enthusiasts”, derive enjoyment from seeing excellence demonstrated in all the elements, from design to preparation, that are required to place a car and driver at the top of the podium.

    For me, Saturday alone is a highlight of the year, but I’ll long remember this Sunday when a complete laughing stock of a team in ’08 returned to finish 1-2 at one of the most demanding races of the year. Plus, I especially enjoy “the idea” of a driver who could, of late, only be found shadow dancing in the wake of Britain’s newest mega-star World Champion…now standing in total sunshine, with the promise he showed in his youth finally on display.

    It was quite a memorable race.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th May 2009, 22:38

      I’d like to think most people who read this site are in it for more than the crashes :-)

    • Dougie said on 25th May 2009, 11:44

      While many, perhaps long time “enthusiasts”, derive enjoyment from seeing excellence demonstrated in all the elements, from design to preparation, that are required to place a car and driver at the top of the podium.

      (To quote the BBC) This… is Formula 1.

      For me, Saturday alone is a highlight of the year, but I’ll long remember this Sunday when a complete laughing stock of a team in ‘08 returned to finish 1-2 at one of the most demanding races of the year. Plus, I especially enjoy “the idea” of a driver who could, of late, only be found shadow dancing in the wake of Britain’s newest mega-star World Champion…now standing in total sunshine, with the promise he showed in his youth finally on display.

      Spot on!

      My enthusiam for F1 has been re-ignited this year (a big part of that I have to say is down to Keith and F1-Fanatic, cheers Keith) , and I feel excitement and intrique at every race. I’ll freely admit that also a lot of that is down to Button & Brawn and watching the big teams try to come back from the back of the grid… and also seeing BMW fall off the cliff.

      Anyone who says Button is not top shelf stuff is clearly blind… I’ve always rated Button and loved his smooth style. Sure having the right car underneath you is a big plus (how many drivers have been Champion without one of the fastest cars under them… very few if any I would say) but it is what you do with it that counts. Rubens (widely acknowedged to be a fast race winner) apart from Barcelona has been left in amongst the competition, this race no exception with the Ferraris. Button has simply driven so much better and so much more consistently over all race conditions. The man has raised his game and, as said, we are simply seeing what has always been there since he arrived on the scene waiting the right car and right time… like all champions have and currently continue to do (Alonso, Hamilton & Raikkonen… and Vettel, Massa, Webber yet to be).

  16. David A said on 24th May 2009, 17:08

    7/10, not too bad action, but boring domination by Button.

    Better performance by Ferrari as well.

  17. TommyBellingham said on 24th May 2009, 17:11

    @Chua Not like 2004? Because Button is british and not in a Ferrari!? It is like 2004, 6 races in and the championship is pretty much over, no rivals to challenge for the world title and just one driver and team winning almost every race

    • David A said on 24th May 2009, 17:14

      Exactly. I find it amazing how the same people who called 2002 and 2004 boring because of Ferrari domination feel that 2009 is somehow unpredictable.

    • Patrickl said on 24th May 2009, 17:53

      The cars are much closer matched now though. For half the races the Red Bulls have been faster or as fast as the Red Bulls.

      In 2004 the Ferrari’s were at least 7 tenths quicker than any other car during qualifying. That’s boring. Even when they completely messed up, they would still win.

      Now when Red Bull doesn’t think properly about their strategy, Brawn wins. Haven’t seen Brawn or Button make a mistake yet though.

  18. Tim said on 24th May 2009, 17:29

    This year has been absolute garbage. The only good race was maybe Sepang where Red Bull won. Whop di do a new team is dominating worse than the years of schumacher

  19. Roger Carballo AKA Architrion said on 24th May 2009, 17:36

    Race itself was good… but what we all are saying here is that this championship is rubbish. Congrats to FIA. Leading its way to legalize double diffusor just to destroy unity of FOTA has make the most boring championship since the Schu-Brawn era. Fantastic job, Bernie and Max.

    Please. Does someone know what email can we use to give the pair my best wishes?

    • TommyB said on 24th May 2009, 20:01

      Just think of Brawn weren’t leading we’d have a really close championship. All the teams are swapping positions each race apart from Brawn

  20. StrFerrari4Ever said on 24th May 2009, 17:48

    Tim you dont know what your talking about Red Bull didn’t win at Sepang they won at Shanghai…

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