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Rate the race: 2011 Monaco Grand Prix

2011 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

What did you think of the Monaco Grand Prix?

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  1. 5/10

    That was a four part race:

    First part – okay
    Second part – pretty good
    Third part – amazing
    Fourth part – utterly awful

    That second safety car completely ruined it.

    1. Hamilton about to get overtaken for wins by the younger, less seasoned-Vettel, must be a pretty bad feeling.

      1. It wasn’t that, I was disappointed that the 0.6 gap between the top 3 had to be dampened by the safety car. I was expecting Vettel to hit that cliff in his tyre wear right at the end and for Button and Alonso to get right in there.

        1. Yeah SC completely ruined the finish. We will never know if Vettel’s tyres could have last or not….


          1. Alonso and Button both deserved the win more

          2. So what, scrap the safety car?

            It wasn’t for a lot of us ideal, but it’s the rules, and it was fair.

          3. not so much the safety car but the ability to change tires during red flag

        2. I was expecting Vettel to hit that cliff in his tyre wear

          It wouldn’t have happened anyway. Alonso’s tyres were starting to die out also. I believe Vettel would have made it to the end and won anyway.

          1. Whatever we individually think would or wouldn’t have happened, the point is the race was less exciting because we were robbed of the chance to ever find out.

            No doubt Vettel would have tried to hang on and without doubt Alonso and especially Button would have pushed to get past in the final laps. Regardless of the actual winner, it’s the uncertainty and excitement of watching how it plays out that makes a race exciting. For that reason the final safety car/red flag period did reduce the race’s rating, could have been anywhere from 7 to 9 for me but in the end I’ve given it a 6.

            @Mike – suggesting the SC spoiled what would have been a cracking finish isn’t the same as saying they should scrap the safety car. They were right to deploy SC and red flag, it’s just a shame that it happened to spoil a potentially great race.

        3. shame Mclaren threw a likely Button win away…

          1. How on earth did McLaren have anything to do with button not winning?! Sorry but that is just a stupid comment! Either Button should have got past, or it was just simply unlucky with red flags.

          2. they should have put him on the soft tyres for his second (?) stop. just in case a sc came out. it’d have given him the option to 2stop or even 1 stop like vettel if it was the first stop

          3. You must be physic to know what events were unfolding. Mclaren made their decisions based on that moment in the race.

          4. Actually from the log, McLaren asked Button to stay out, but Button opted to box in. It indeed gave him stronger laptime, but then ruined by the SC situation.

          5. Button was fast enough to make a 3 stop work against a 2 stop for Vettel and Alonso. If the 3 stop was planned then Button’s second stop in anticipation of the first safety car would have actually helped him because it brought him back to the leading pair quicker than he would have otherwise.

            Did anyone really think Vettel could finish the race with only that one early tyre change? I was amazed that they tried that and the fact is that he didn’t make it to the end with only one tyre change (albeit he was given a free tyre change which it would have been silly not to take).

        4. Yeah, I was disappointed by that as well, might have been an epic finish.

          And I did not like the penalties given to Di Resta and then the rest, I would have put them down as racing incidents. Di Resta punished himself by having to come in for a new wing.
          Voted it a 7/10 for we actually had some real passing in Monaco and it had a lot of action.
          Good to see both Perez and Petrov seem to be fine, shows the cars are up to being raced even in Monaco.

      2. you must be Hamilton hater :)) and what you have to say about Button or Weber or Massa and so on

      3. But when Hamilton has won, his car was about 1 or 2 tenths per lap faster than the guy in second. Seb has a car that is usually a full second faster and has had that type of advantage over the others for the vast majority of his wins.

        1. that is pure and utter nonsense. McLaren had the faster car last week and this weekend, they even admitted it. C’mon!

      4. Yeah, bad feeling knowing its the car.

      5. Why….Hamilton more seasoned….really?? They both started thir F1 career’s in 2007.

        1. SVettel (@)
          29th May 2011, 19:08

          hamilton started his f1 career at the opening round. vettel started his f1 career about half-way through the 2007 season.

          1. so they both started their career in 2007

      6. Tom you are clearly anti-hamilton. Nothing wrong with not liking a particular driver but that is just pathetic: he’s had a car that is 1s per lap faster than any other in qualifying and his teammate is hideously unluckly, and he still needs to prove he can overtake.

      7. Both drivers started back in 07 and have nearly the same experience driving cars. SV is only three years younger and would have had more wins possibly if not for the drive with Toro Rosso early in his career.

    2. Completely agree. Come lap 5 I was ready to tape my first race since 2004. Then the Red Bull pitstops hit and I felt foolish. In hindsight I feel foolish for feeling foolish. Anti-climax of the year already.

    3. Agreed, still don’t understand why you can change tyres under a red flag. Free pitstop for Vettel won him this race.

      1. Agreed. The changes to tyre spec were to make racing more exciting. This loophole in the rules gave us an anticlimax just when the most fascinating 3 way fight was hotting up. Shame.

        1. roasted_ground (@)
          29th May 2011, 20:17

          The fans lost out on what would have been a great finish

    4. Third part – One of the most exciting, if not the most exciting laps in a Grand Prix I’ve ever seen.

      I gave it 8/10 but if it wasn’t for the Safety Car and tyre rules it would have been the most incredible 1-2-3 finish and worthy of a 9 or 10.

    5. FOurth part was the best with Webber overtaking Koby. Anyway, great race. I really like these new tyres, they seem to make the races worth watching from a neutral point of view. One thing I want to point out is they didnt need to make 4 stops for it to be an exciting race. Only 1-3 stops. I dont like 4 stop races, they seem a bit ridiculous.

      1. Fourth part was the worst because of the red flag. Webber’s pass was good, but the fight between the top three was ruined in the fourth part.

        1. einariliyev
          29th May 2011, 15:49

          I think people are unfair to say that the stewards OR the red flag unjustly ruined the race. If it wasnt red-flagged it wouldve simply been substituted for a safety-car finish. Considering the time it took to clean up the mess and remove Petrov, seven laps would have simply gone by and Vettel wouldve triumphed under safety car.

          Stewards really had three options. 1) Redflag the race and restart it (which is what they did); 2) Redflagit and stop it; 3) run the safety car finish.

          Anyone can see which is the best option here.Though the rule allowing a change of tyres during redflag was pretty inhibiting.

          1. Perfect summary of the situation. It was the most sensible option to red flag, clear the mess up and restart the race as it completed the full distance of the race. The real problem here was the loophole effectively allowing a free tyre change.

          2. The change of tyres is what screwed it up. The red flag situation was definitely better than ending the race under a safety car again.

            I would have rated the race a 9, but could only give it 8 because of the tyre changes at the last restart.

          3. What about fixing rear wings? I thought that was even more extreme than the tires.

    6. completely agree, although the race rate should allegedly be unbiased by result, I hated it that we did not get to see the battle between the first 3…

    7. That second safety car completely ruined it.

      Not really. The race was 10/10 up to then and that mess at Piscine on lap 72 was wonderful, but it wasn’t the Safety Car that ruined it, it would have been even closer if it wasn’t for the red flags. The chaos on lap 72 was incredible to see but red flagging, although mandatory, ruined the last laps because the new tyres helped Vettel get away. It was perfect to have the top three ordered by the older the tyres, and neutralising it spoilt what could have been a three-way battle for the win.
      9/10 is what I gave it because 72 laps were wonderful and 5 laps were predictable but not dull, as there was plenty of action (Kobayashi and Webber, Maldonado and Hamilton).
      If there had been the Safety Car Kobayashi could have attacked immediately Button and Alonso could have attacked Vettel, but once all cars were even on tyres the Red Bull dominated as usual.

      1. The fact that they were allowed to change tyres ruined it. Change that rule.

        1. Maybe more specific. Ban tyre change on Red Flag condition, except for Red Flag caused by sudden hard raining/monsoon.

      2. agreed. The Red flag incident cheated the viewers, and handed Vettel an easy win.

    8. Ruined by the red flag. Gifted the win Vettel :/

      1. 5/10 is a bit harsh. I gave it an 8. Heaps of action and overtaking at a track renowned for boring races. The red flag was the sensible thing to do, but surely that tyre rule has to be reviewed! That is the single factor that cost us what could have been an amazing battle for the lead. I’m disappointed, because it could and should have been a 9 or a 10, but we were robbed by a rule. I’m almost certain that Vettel (and possibly Alonso) would have had to pit before the end. The tyres must have been on their last legs before the red flag!

        Sebastian drove well, but he didn’t deserve the victory more than the two guys behind him.

    9. Mark (@marlarkey)
      29th May 2011, 16:41

      They shouldn’t be allowed to change tired during the red flag stop

    10. +1 driftin, the fight for the top three cruelly cut short by the multi car pile up, which they only just avoided. 6/10 for me.

      1. Only 1 bad rule… changing tyres under red flag. Otherwise would have been great. Vettels tyres gone and defending hard. Can Alonso get past? Will his tyres go? Can Button get past both?

        Will Vettel defend too hard hit ALonso, BUtton just making it through for a Button Webber Kobayashi Podium?

        As for driftin saying Vettel is less seasoned…. hardly…

        Hamilton started at the start of 2007.

        Vettel drover the BMW Sauber practice in the later parts of 2006. He did two more in 2007 and drove in 8 out of the 17 GP’s that year.

        He drove full time from them onwards.

        the less seasoned Vettel drove on GP weekends prior to Hamilton AND even if you count only the races, Vettel has barely more than half a dozen less than Hamilton. Which equates to about 8% or so of Hamiltons races… hardly less seasoned.

        oh, and Hamilton’s cars, despite being brilliant for someone who has only been in F1 for 4 and abit years are still worse than Vettels.

        2010 RBR was unbelievably fast. Even as a WEbber fan I have t say it was extremely fast and the mere fact it kept winning is truly a testiment to Newey and the RBR6

  2. If they had started on the same tyres as before the red flag, I think it would have been a more exciting race

    1. But the laps 72-78 were not the whole race, duh?

      1. It’s like having amazing sex and suffering a hearth attack just before the climax. I guess that overall experience wouldn’t be great…

        1. +25points, Best Explanation ever.

        2. No, it’s like having a friend who’s helped you hundreds of times, but that one time he couldn’t help you and you say he sucks as a friend.

          1. I think you could give each other thousands of analogies and still, it could work both ways. A red flag so late in the race, with such tyres as we have this year is unprecedented – so the rulebook obviously wasn’t up to date. I think the red flag was sensible, but the tyre rule ruined all of the build-up.

          2. Rather like having a “friend” who was nice to you for about two hours just to stab you in the back afterwards.

            We can exchange those back and forth. The fact of the matter is, that for many people ending of this race pretty much overshadowed the whole event. I can relate to that.

            If you think that the race was amazing – good for you. Now let us have a different opinion.

          3. Ninja’d by Damon Smedley!

          4. Ninja’d by Damon Smedley!

            It’s just what I do. ;)


            I think the red flag was sensible, but the tyre rule ruined all of the build-up.

            That red flag was kinda like finding out your girlfriend has a peen.

            Analogies are fun, your not going to be looking at a red flag again without thinking about that now are you?.

  3. 5/10 Great racing, ruined by the stewards and the anticlimax at the end.

    1. Agree, ruined by the stupid rule that alows you to change your tyres under the red flag!!!

      1. 8/10, thrilling for 70-ish laps, completely ruined by the absurd decision to allow the tyre change under the red flag.

      2. completely agreed

      3. Mark (@marlarkey)
        29th May 2011, 16:42


        1. Spot on. Seeing Vettel keep Alonso & Button behind with this tyres destined to ‘fall off the cliff’ would have been fun to see.

  4. 9/10 would have been perfect without the end of the race. And those Pirellis working like Bridgestones.

    1. Couldn’t be helped. The lack of lateral load and low speed corners are why the tires last. If they made the tires so that the teams needed 3 stops, those same tires would last like 4 laps on any other track. Pirelli does not deserve any criticism, but the tire change rule under red flag should be reviewed.

    2. The Pirellis were finally different in performance and allowed a great variation in strategy, with the top 3 having different numbers of stops and still being within 6 tenths. Kobayashi would have got nowhere if he hadn’t been able to drive so well on the tyres, something that anyone could do with the Bridgestones.

  5. Well that was a great race, but a bit anticlimactic at the end. Allowing the teams to change tires under the red flag made the difference. If only Sutil’s bad Monaco luck hadn’t hit we would have been in for a legendary finish. The top three all within 1 second, the leader on older tires, it sure would have been great to see that play out. Ah well I’m still going to rewatch it, 9/10.

  6. vettel did not put the soft. He needs to be penalised

    1. Rubbish, he put on softs after his first pitstop.

      1. Snow Donkey
        29th May 2011, 15:27

        Yep, Lies. Sainaa, did you even watch the race? he did over 50 laps on them.

  7. Close to being GP2 in tetms of events.

  8. Hamilton drove a terrible race
    Maldonado drove a good race
    Kobayashi drove a good race
    Vettel drove a good race
    Alonso drove a better race
    Button drove the best race

    Vettel won due to luck. Its so hard to rate this race – as it was sensational until the red flag. The rules ruined the end. The problem is that Vettel had driven a good race until the red flag. Had he hung on to the win he would have deserved it. The red flag really took something away from his win though.

    A 9 for the first part of the race. A 4 or 5 for the second part. An average of 7. Without the red flag, it would have been one of the best races i’ve seen.

    1. Button drove the best race

      Yep. And I think his teammate was the worst driver of the day. Shocking performance from the person I usually consider the best on the grid.

      1. also ruining other drivers’ race

        1. I felt Button was simply puttin on a show. He looked like he was driving well simply because he was on super softs while the others were on normal softs. Later in the race he was on newer tyres and so once again it was almost impossible for him to go slower. He didnt really do any overtaking, and he had an inferior strategy (that was bound to backfire at some point due to the safety car factor at Monaco).

          The real loser here was Alonso. He had put himself in a very good position and he had tyres that were an odd 20 laps newer than Vettels. He was much closer to winning the race than Button ever was.

          So for me. The best driver of the day was the one in the third slowest car, who finished second (without the red flag, first).

      2. I can barely wait for Hamilton’s post-race snivel … he needs a Nomex crying towel.

        1. Did you watch the forum? He was almost crying about how he’d been to the stewards 5 times out of 6 and that the other drivers are fricken ridiculous. But infinitely better than spouting PR

      3. I agree, I think Hamilton was impatient.. of course he was unlucky to be stuck in midfield due to qualifying, but there is nothing you can do in Monaco. Certainly, you can not drive into other cars and expect them to move over.. in fact, it seems he wants everyone to move over… :/

        Either way, taking Maldonado out was just bad.

    2. Agree.

      There is no way those tyres would of lasted he was already 2 sec a lap slower than Button, I didn’t think he would of held either ALO or BUT but we will never know which is very sad and took the gloss off a great race until the last part.

      1. If Mclaren didn’t bring button in for his 2nd set of prime tyres, he could have been 1st when the red flags came out.

        1. Coulda woulda shooulda. Irrelevant.

        2. Yep, and if Red Bull hadn’t inadvertibly put the yellow tyres on Vettels car instead of the reds, as they had intended to do, he would never have won.

          But that’s real life.

    3. Totally agree. Though I can’t bring myself to post a rating as the result overshadows everything in my book :(

      1. Yep, massively dissapointed by the last 6 laps. I was on the edge of my seat until the massive pile up. Really though, both Button and Alonso had a pile of laps on better tires to do something, and neither one even came close (barring alonso’s look up ste devote which was well covered). Still a pity we’ll never know what would’ve happened.

        Also, Hamilton was the suck this weekend. He should shut his mouth about people holding him up and drive the damn car. Too bad they fixed his car, Maldonado drove a great race.

    4. Agree with all of your ratings, but would also say Webber had a race almost as good as Buttons. He made a great job coming back from that awful pitstop to salvage 4th

      1. true that. I wouldn’t quite say as good as Button, but as good as Alonso probably. Webber was quite anonymous for the first part of the grand prix

    5. Agree completely on your driver votes.

    6. Button was on the soft tyres for the most part. Naturally he was faster. Alonso made a lot of that Ferrari, staying ahead of Button due to a better strategy. And Vettel keeping his tyres together so brilliantly for such a long time deserves best driver of the race by a mile.

      I found that race hugely enjoyable, ‘especially’ the end. Reminded me a lot of ’92’s Monaco race, only this time with three drivers.

  9. Great race… surprised Hamilton repeatedly lost his head, disappointed for Button, great drive from Alonso and all round, a cracking spectacle!!! Monaco never disappoints :-)

    1. Ham annoyances: first being passed by Schumacher (who he thinks has been blocking him in Vettel’s favour), second Massa (for blocking him in quali), third the stewards for penalizing him for the collision with Massa… I think by that point he’d totally lost it! Still, added to the show.

      1. you have no idea what you say

        1. that ^

        2. Maybe not emil! but how so?

      2. and he might still be penalized for the collision with Maldonado (though I don’t think he should in this instance).

        1. Can’t see why he shouldn’t.
          He started with criticizing his team yesterday for no good reason. Today he rammed Massa, then ruined a potentially excellent result for Maldonaldo.
          And right now in a BBC interview he is saying everyone else is just nasty to him, stewards included – while he is nice and fluffy.
          Should get real, this man!

        2. Sure, he only threw maldonado out of the race and shared red paint with massa in a place when he could never pass him…. Hamilton needs to calm down, he thinks he can do whatever he wants because he is super cool and drives a McLaren… What a joke he was today, very unprofessional

  10. the rules spoiled the end of the race. why to disadvantage the drivers who pitted more in the race. The souldnt be allowed to change the tyres after the red flag.As I found out that they can I knew that is no point to wait for the last 6 laps because Everybody had got the same tyres. Shame.

  11. I thought 10. Vettel Alonso battle Amazing. The three car crash Amazing. Lewis Hamilton Penalites and Investigations Perfect. Great race.

  12. That race was, compared to most Monaco Grand Prix, epic.

    However, it left a very sour taste in my mouth. The stupid antics of Hamilton (and I’m usually one to praise the guy) managed to take some very promising intrigue out of it, and Alguersuari’s moment has hardly endeared himself to me.

    I’m not one to usually begrudge a driver or team for having good luck, but it should have been a Ferrari, or a McLaren on that top step, not a Red Bull.

    1. and you say ok we will just cruzing with no overtaking…racing its all about overtaking …..if there was not Hamilton i will get a sleep half true the race ….. Hamilton and Kobayashi best racing drivers to watch just keep going this way mates that is all about racing

  13. 5/10 without the Red flag might of been an 8.

  14. 4/10

    Man… unbelievably retarded rules… I am steaming with anger right now!!! Such a good race until the red flags… retarded FIA rules! Why the hell are they allowed to change tyres during restart!! That is the dumbest and most idiotic thing I have ever seen. Vettel did not deserve this win…

    PS: Hamilton should be suspended from next race, was he trying to kill everybody?

    1. Bad race from Hamilton, but that’s a tad harsh. He caused two collisions, but then Di Resta had a lot of contact as well. And Lewis did pull nice moves like the one on MSC early on.

      1. Agreed David A… Hammy lost his head a little this time out. We can put Di Resta’s contact down to inexperience, but Hamilton’s? Bad anger management…

        1. I was going to say that because they are allowed to work on the cars, they can change tires, and que sera sera and what not, but not being able to work on cars would’ve gotten Hamilton off the track which would’ve been a double win, so actually, I changed my mind. Why the hell are they allowed to work on the cars during a red flag? Maybe if they can work on the cars, then a standing start is in order? If not, no touching.

          1. Because the rules haven’t been sufficiently updated in that area to take account of other changes. In days gone they were treated as two races and then aggregated.

            Clearly it would be better with the current overall rules that cars should not have work permitted on the grid, conversely I don’t see why there should be a ban on them being worked on in the pit, as long as they come out after the restarted grid has gone.

            6/10 for me, would’ve been more without the red flag, which was fully justified, robbing us of a grandstand finish on differing tyre strategies. Either way it’s better than Monaco has given us most of the time.

        2. but Hamilton’s? Bad anger management…

          it certainly seems that way…

    2. I think everyone is steaming with anger after that! However, suspending Hamilton seems extremely over the top

      1. Stewards should just take the points out of this race from him, he caused 2 collisions and still getting points? That’s not fair at all…

    3. @ Antranik

      Total over-reaction to say Hamilton was trying to kill someone, both collisions were in low-speed corners. Both attempts were over-ambitious, but we’ve seen the same before put down as racing incidents.

      I actually loved seeing Hamilton angry and bad again today, even if he does end up worse for it. Down in 10th off the gird at Monaco in the dry, he didn’t have that much to lose being aggressive.

      1. I didn’t mean that he was literally trying to kill sombody lol…

        1. Okay! But then no reason for a race ban surely? That would be basically giving a post-race black flag – not even Schumacher got that for his high-speed wall squeeze on Barrichello last year.

  15. 8.5/10, a thrilling race for the win until the red flag.

    The sight of the three leaders threading their way through the carnage was phenomenal.

    1. When they met the late group it was so epic, it all turned into a crowded 150 mph mess.

    2. Agree.. Luckily, Vettel, Alonso and Button got through that area unscathed. It would have been too heartbreaking for any of the top 3 drivers to get knocked out of a race like that.

  16. A certain 10/10 ruined towards the end by silly red-flag rules following some rookie argie-bargie. Changing tyres on the grid? The racing may have improved, but the rule book hasn’t, and the championship will be over by the time the circus leaves Europe. 8/10

  17. It was a good race, i gave it a 7 however it would of been higher if the ending of the race wasn’t so poor. Vettel lucked into the win.

  18. Great race. So dissapointed that luck played into Vettels hands, again… Hamilton also lucky to get points
    I dont get it? Why can you change tyres after a red flag? It just makes the race rather pointless to me…

  19. Wallbreaker
    29th May 2011, 15:21

    Red flag ruined everything. We were about to see exciting last laps and after they changed the tyres it was all for nothing. That rule needs to get suspended.

  20. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey)
    29th May 2011, 15:21

    Before everyone complains, I’d just like to say this about the changing tyres situation.

    I know it’s frustrating but the rules are there because Red Flags are caused by big accidents, so they allow teams to change tyres to make sure there’s no punctures caused by debris on the restart. Remember, safety first – racing second.

    Vettel just got another massive break at the best possible time.

    At least we had another unbelievably exciting Grand Prix.

    1. Wallbreaker
      29th May 2011, 15:41

      They should only be allowed when they had a puncture before they come to the grid. When drivers get to the grid without any damage, no-one should change something on their cars. I wished there was a rule that forces drivers to stay on their tyres when the race reached 75% of the distance.

      1. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey)
        29th May 2011, 15:52

        I see what you mean, but then we’re just compromising safety rules to suit a particular racing scenario and I honestly don’t think that’s right.

        I’m also annoyed that we missed out on a grandstand finish but remember, throwing a Red Flag is a BIG DEAL. You have to give safety a priority over everything in a situation like that and if that means letting them make repairs, change tyres, add fuel or whatever, so be it. I don’t like the idea of changing the rules just in case of a very rare situation like we had today occurring.

        1. Totally with you on this one. We have to respect the rules. If you start putting cool, extensively worn tyres on tarmac you’re asking for trouble. Couple that with the nature of a race situation post-safety car and any debris and it really would be foolish.

          Of course, that doesn’t stop Maldonado sticking it in the wall ;)

        2. Yes, you are right, and good point about the puncture issue – also, teams fixing up cars, like that rear wing of Hamilton, easy to argue it is for safety.

          Still sucks that it affected the race this way though. It’s better than the alternatives, I guess.

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