Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Monaco, 2012

Rate the race: 2012 Monaco Grand Prix

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Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Monaco, 2012What did you think of the Monaco Grand Prix? Share your verdict on today’s race.

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Rate the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (4%)
  • 2 (4%)
  • 3 (9%)
  • 4 (14%)
  • 5 (16%)
  • 6 (23%)
  • 7 (18%)
  • 8 (8%)
  • 9 (2%)
  • 10 (3%)

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  1. 3 (actually 2, but Kovalainen earned +1)

  2. DK (@seijakessen)
    27th May 2012, 15:04

    Amazing…I can’t believe people whine about the lack of overtaking.

    Monaco HAS NEVER been an overtaking track in any era.

    The artificial overtaking methods have blinded people tremendously to that. Not sure why anyone thought somehow there was going to be loads of overtaking in any manner.

    1. Couldn’t agree with you more

    2. +1

      Overtaking or no overtaking, I could watch cars drive around Monaco all day!

      1. DK (@seijakessen)
        27th May 2012, 15:50

        Same here…I could watch the cars going through the swimming pool the entire time…it is unreal to watch how quickly they change direction, and seeing them flying over the curb is insane. No other race series on the planet has cars that do what they do at those speeds in that section.

    3. @seijakessen

      +1000. I was feeling very happy after the race (even though my favourite drivers had terrible a weekend), but reading all this negativity really brought my mood down. Some people must be either very new to the sport or spoiled by the first races of the season. And I even read someone saying that the track was dull and is only on the calendar because of money. Wait, what?! I just can’t believe people moan on and on about the new dull and featureless tracks in countries with no tradition whatsoever, but moan to when it comes to one of the most historic races on the Earth, on par with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

      We F1 fans are always arguing with people who do not watch the races about how much it is a sport and not simple entertainment. When we finally get to the race that is the essence of what F1 is – driving on the limit with both precision and consistency – the race that screams how much of a sport F1 is, people complain about the lack of something as subjective as entertainment.

      1. DK (@seijakessen)
        27th May 2012, 15:57


        Agreed. I am amazed by how many people are complaining about this race. How many times have we seen a race leader open up a huge gap of 50 seconds or more at Monaco? This was an incredibly tight race from start to finish, minus the part when Vettel was leading before he had to pit. It’s a mentally draining track because of how technical the circuit is. It’s the last track of its kind on the calendar and is a complete throwback to an era when all tracks featured risk/reward instead of massive tarmac runoffs. I would take 10 races at Monaco if it meant we did not have to sit through another Tilkedrome track.

        Monaco also is the only race that doesn’t pay anything to host.

        I 100% agree with your second paragraph. Monaco favors driver ability more than any other track…the race could have gone any way possible given how close the top 4 were…I was actually wondering if we were in line for a shunt by Webber which would have thrown the top 10 into complete disarray due to how bunched up everyone was. It’s the one race I look forward to every year. I have no complaints about the race at all.

      2. You have to be really naive to think that the reason this circuit, which has been unfit for F1 cars for a long time and which has long been treated with a different standard (look for the 84-85 Balestre-Boeri scandal, it’s not a new phenomenon), is in the championship because of tradition or historical considerations. Nope. It has everything to do with money, influence, politics.

        The fact that Tilkedromes unfortunately dominate the season has got nothing do with it. When I started watching F1, there still was an Austrian or a Portuguese Grand Prix. There was still Imola or Kyalami. So don’t for a second assume that I just came watching F1 these last few years. And yet the fact I grew up almost deifying Ayrton Senna who won 6 races at Monaco, doesn’t change my view of this circuit. I don’t wear rose-tinted glasses, sorry.

        Maybe, just maybe if this was still the same Formula 1 that I grew up with, I might agree there’s still a place for Monaco in F1. Though I doubt it.

        1. DK (@seijakessen)
          27th May 2012, 19:04


          Money, influence, and politics pretty much sums up why any circuit gets a F1 race.

          It’s still a fantastic circuit in my eyes regardless of the reasons it is on the calendar.

        2. @giuseppe Pardon me, but I never said Monaco was there just because of its history. It was you who said it was only there because rich people in Monaco wanted a race by their windows. And anyway, neither did I imply it was you who began watch F1 recently when I said that some people must be very new to F1.

          DK already said up there, every race on the calendar is there because of money, influence and politics, particularly the races on the Middle East. While Monaco indeed does have all that, it is on that very race that more deals are done than in every other in the entire season. Teams want to be there. People want to be there. The race has been going on for almost every (peaceful) year since 1929 (and thus it is on par with Spa Francorchamps and Monza in terms of history) and safety around there has never been called into serious question in recent years, so why drop it? Because there is no overtaking? That’s simply not reason enough.

          I don’t see how this race was any more boring than the ones in the first half of the last decade.

          1. I wasn’t only replying to you, I was also replying to DK and pretty much everyone else that likes this race :)

            Money, influence, and politics may get any circuit in the calendar, but the Monaco GP is THE sugar daddy. It’s the only one that gets preferential treatment. So the least suited circuit for F1 racing gets the best deal. I’d call that strange, to say the least.

            If you were to take this circuit and place it in any other city in the world and then you’d suggest holding an F1 race there, half the people would laugh their asses off and the other half would think you’re bonkers.

            What kind of racing circuit is this anyway? If with all the rules meant to encourage (even force) overtaking, you can still hardly pull an overtake and even that under special circumstances (like the guy in front of you is MUCH slower), then you clearly have a problem.

            If overtaking isn’t important at Monaco and precision and consistency are key, perhaps they should change the format of this particular GP. Make it a Formula 1 rally GP :)) then you really won’t need to see overtaking and you can still have (1) precision driving, (2) consistency and (3) F1 cars passing through narrow monegasque streets. No… I’m joking of course. Or maybe not. :P

    4. True, not much overtaking at Monaco but previously they used to at least try to pressure the guy in front into a mistake.

      1. DK (@seijakessen)
        27th May 2012, 15:52

        @hohum Rosberg did his best to pressure Webber…my hat is off to Mark for handling the pressure for all the laps that he did. Some guys easily would have shunted with someone breathing down their rear wing. Webber was absolutely exhausted at the end of the race and for good reason.

    5. F1fanNL (@)
      27th May 2012, 15:53

      Finally, someone with common sense.


    6. I think it’s more people whinning about the lack of pressure from drivings on other drivers. Never seen a race with drivers so close to each other, but lack of intent to overtake. How many on track overtakes actually occurred? 3 or 4? There can be zero overtakes as long as there is good clean racing, cars dancing behind others, whilst the ones in front full off brilliant blocks is way more exciting then a 5/6 car train with no one even thinking about overtaking.

      You know it’s a poor race when talk of non-existant rain is the most exciting thing. F1 needs to move on, the cars are just too wide for this sort of track now!

      1. DK (@seijakessen)
        27th May 2012, 19:00


        The cars are too wide?

        Current regulations say car width shall not exceed 180cm.

        In 1991, cars were 213cm.

        They are narrower than at any point in the last 20-22 seasons.

    7. I don’t care about overtaking, that is not what makes a race, and lack of overtaking is NOT what made this dull…. lapping 5+ seconds off the pace did.

      1. I was on the edge of my seat out of concern that if rain of any significance fell it would scupper NR’s chances of fighting for the win or at least keeping the pressure on MW and trying to force him into a mistake while at the same time ensuring he himself didn’t make a mistake.

        Hats off to both of them for being in a class by themselves (along with FA) and making for some great points to add to the excitement of the WDC chase.

  3. As a webber fan 10 , but realistically as a watcher a 5, no overtaking and when Button tried-race over. Toro Rosso?! Hey lets give away some points coz we don’t need them, just strange decision and Hamilton once again screwed over by his own team.

  4. Not a good race. Had the rain arrived, could have been an 8. But it didn’t

  5. Never once did i get a feeling that anyone was going to try and overtake. A close finish though and i was about to turn off the TV at about 58 laps when i heard rain! A little dissapointed it did not rain harder.

    A track for sprinklers perhaps?

  6. Danksa (@danieljaksa)
    27th May 2012, 15:10

    8 – Historic race! 1st multiple winning Aussie @ Monaco. 6th different winner in the first 6 races for the season. Maybe it’s Kimi’s turn in Canada.

  7. gutted for Michael and Kimi….

    otherwise pretty boring … was expecting some drama towards the end and with top 6 cars within 7 sec window + rain. Gave a 3

  8. I guess they would consider DRS in the tunnel for 2013.

    Gave it 6. It would have been 4 if the closing laps weren’t so tight.

  9. 3/10 – another Monaco Grand Prix procession (c). A dull, boring circuit that’s only around because of a bunch of fat cats that want to see F1 cars pass in front of their windows.

  10. 6, very very average race.

  11. Given his very nice getaway and the pace he had when in clean air, I really really think MSC would have won this race. Gutted, astonishing amount of bad luck.

  12. 6, for the novelty of seeing a 6 car train at the front of the pack for a few laps. Not the greatest race but ok by Monaco standards. If the rain came it would have spiced things up a fair bit.

  13. 7/10 for me.

    True not much really ‘happened’ but it was still rather intense.
    Would the rain come?
    Would the tyres hold out?
    Could Heikki hold onto 12th? Could he score points?
    How far through could Perez get?

    The last 20-15 laps were just crazy. The top 5-6 cars spereated by mere seconds.

    Not a classic but definatly a good race.

  14. As far as parades go I give it a 10 great parade next better than Disney as far a s a race goes I give it a 5 Monaco should always be on the calendar as a parade event a race for pole but should not count for points in a racing season. It is a graet shame to see the team with likely the best car at least from the start of the year just keep tripping over themselves. Mclaren should win the “through it all away award”.

    1. do you mean threw it all away – as in thrown away? Or is it as you wrote – through it all away which would imply they’ve been through it all whilst away.

      I hope the latters true and now they’ve been through it all they can get it together and not throw it away!

  15. 2, very boring race. Hope the Indy 500 has more to offer later.

  16. 6/10 Mediocre race with rain coming half an hour too late. Could’ve been worst if we didn’t have someone like Kovalainen to keep us entertained.

  17. … gave it a 5. Only a few things pulled the rating up that high:

    – the six car train up front,
    – strategies evolving around the threat of real rain,
    – Lewis’ comment about the pit board,
    – the 6th winner of the year, and
    – driver comments in the interview room.

    1. Lewis’ comment about the pit board


  18. Yeah, I guess it was a pretty normal Monaco. Since last few years were probably above average exciting Monaco races, and this year has shown great races, it feels a bit disappointing. But I think if it had been in 2008, it would have been quite good.

    I’ll give it a 6, as the potential for something in those last 20 laps was nice, but at the same time, everyone was then a bit too cautious. Just like everyone was too cautious waiting for that rain that didn’t come.

    How often have we seen that go nowhere teams? McLaren & Lotus, learn from it: loosing more than a second a lap doesn’t work very well if it has to last well over three laps, even if it might start raining at some point. Especially on these Pirelli tyres, just pit those cars and let them try it on fresh rubber, maybe with a clean track ahead, please. Look at what Rosberg did, or alternatively at how Vettel went, on the prime tyre, but not that waiting game if you aren’t quick enough in the pits to respond properly.

  19. 6. A bit Valencia 2011-like. But to be honest, wasn’t expecting much more from it anyway. Not after the one-stop-strategies came into view at least.

    However I think it’s safe to say we’ve seen much better Monaco grand prix over the course of the years. The last 20 laps was the only part of the race that at least looked like it had potential to turn into something, but it didn’t.

    Congrats to Webber on a well-deserved win. And a great one for the statistics. 6th different winner. There’s 61 years since this last happened! That must mean something.

    Clockwork drives for the whole top 5 to be honest. Good to see Massa back in some sort of form as well. Another 2-3 races like this one for him and he might earn his place back at Ferrari.

    I am however baffled by the amount of bad luck Schumacher (and apparently Button as well) keep getting. Dark season for these two so far. Such a shame…

    Grosjean – what in god’s name was he thinking pulling that GP2 move at the start?! One of the most stupid mistakes he’s done so far, and he’s done plenty! Absolutely embarrasing and a big blow for Lotus who, I’m sure were putting a lot of hope in his performance this weekend especially since Raikkonen just didn’t seem to be himself this weekend, struggling either with steering issues or tire wear.

    Despite their decent results this year, it simply seems Grosjean and Maldonado are somehow in their own purgatory – between GP2 and F1 – in a driver’s mentality sense. If they don’t get their acts straight soon, it could get ugly. For themselves, their teams, the other drivers, FIA…for everyone.

    Torro Rosso – absolutely hilarious strategy. Pitting Vergne from 7th place, 8 laps before the end of the race for intermediates on a track that was 90% dry. Great job. Throwing away points like that will get you far…back.

    Great job Force India proving consistent drives still get rewarded once in a while.

    All in all, dull race, but on the bright side, at least we had Perez pulling stunt-like moves and dodges all across the field. It was something to watch for the first 90 minutes.

    Let’s see what Canada has in store for us.

  20. 8. Suspension all over. Didn’t come out unfortunately

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