Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Monaco, 2012

Rate the race: 2012 Monaco Grand Prix

Debates and PollsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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%)

Total Voters: 773

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282 comments on “Rate the race: 2012 Monaco Grand Prix”

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  1. sid_prasher (@)
    27th May 2012, 19:59

    Monaco without rain is usually not fun. At least we had a 6 car train. the terrible bad luck continues for Schumacher…Happy to see Massa staying with the leaders…

    Voted 6.

  2. if i lived in monaco i would go and greese up a few corners and kerbs to spice stuff up

    1. themagicofspeed (@)
      27th May 2012, 22:49


  3. it was a boring race i would give it 3
    but i like monaco as cars get very close to each other even thought without overtaking but it’s kinda good.

  4. Gave it 6, but just because of the incidents – Grosjean/Schumacher, (no one saw Maldonado’s) and Button. Very tiring. The GP3 and GP2 races yesterday were much much more exciting, fact!

  5. 4/10 from me but only because my 2 bets came in (Hamilton top 10 and safety car)

    The race was really dull, the first lap and seeing the chequored flag were by far the best parts. The tension was quite good but last years race was alot more exciting. I think I actually enjoyed the bbc build up more than the race

  6. 6 here

    Heikki’s move on Jenson was ACE!

    Felipe on form was good too.

    But the anticlimax of no rain just made it dull towards the end… Would have been an amazing standard race 5/6 years ago taking that into account though… But abysmal by 2012 standards…

  7. Not bad, but tyre perservation was too obvious.
    I don’t mean to be arrogant but Karthikeyan running off the track at the Chicane to let Rosberg and Alonso pass was hilariuos…

  8. Dull. For Monaco they need to make the tyres out of jam, have them knackered by 25 or so laps. Only way to make that place remotely interesting.

  9. Pretty poor, and whilst i can see that preservation of tyres is paramount with Pirelli instead of bridgestone as they said in the BBC commentary they need a speed delta of around 3s to make a pass easy enough and with the top 9 teams all within about 1.5s it was never going to happen, you could have had all 24 cars lined nose to tail covered by 10s and you still would not have seen any passes, DRS, KERS and the track layout simply do not allow for overtaking and the closer the field get with stable rules the less you will see passing

    My only ask being a non sky subscriber is that next year when BBC beg which 10 races they show live they save me the bother of picking Monaco and go for something with a bit more action, couldnt care less if the drivers love the thrill of the barriers or the celebrities all want to go and see / be seen at the race, i want racing and i am sorry to those who love Monaco for me it is a terrible race and with the weekend as nice as it was wish i had done something else with my time and watched the highlights… not that there were many!

  10. Race was ok. Wasnt helped by constantly built up of rain

  11. F1 fans can’t be satisfied. I am literally floored by the comments posted here and how narrow-minded and hypocritical they are.

    Note to self: don’t bother reading the comments section on articles anymore.

  12. themagicofspeed (@)
    27th May 2012, 22:25

    Only 7. 7 is quite high, given that at nearly every race last year bar Silverstone i scored a 1 and only because 0 wasnt available. While this year isnt a painfullly boring and predictable whitewash by one driver, it is going to peter out somewhere and i have a feeling its going to be in a few races, with RBR pulling away from the pack. The Bulls had an edge untouchable by the others – though by the tiniest of margins. I hope to the pit of my soul if one RBR driver comes out on top its Webber. Vettel’s head does not need making any bigger. If he starts to dominate again, that will be me switched off F1 until next season.

    A tainted weekend really, primarily because Fernando didnt win, but also because Nico Rosberg was merely a pain in the ass by existing in the last 10 laps as FA could have had a go at Webber more agressively than Rosberg. But the biggest downer on this weekend is the ridiculous stewards from Spain penalising Michael Schumacher because Bruno Senna does not grasp the concept that at 180mph you MUST brake consistently in every braking zone and you cannot decide to brake stupidly early when it takes your fancy. For the Michael bashers who say the penalty was deserved, can you, or anyone you know, react in the 0.1 or so seconds it takes to avert a collision under those circumstances at such high speed?. Once again, the FIA has robbed us of an amazing moment – Schumi back on top after so long out of the limelight. And like last year, where they handed Vettel 25 points on a silver plate by allowing him a tyre change before the restart, they have ruined what might have been one of the most vindicating, thrilling and historic races in recent history. It is enormously satisfying though, that despite his age and everyone who is anyone saying Michael Schumacher is too old/is past it/doesnt deserve his seat etc, those people can now shut their mouths.

  13. I have to go against the dominant position on this tread and give the race a higher score than I would give to a boring tilki track parade. There was a tension and aura of impending doom that kept this race interesting for me although largely nothing happened after the first lap. The constant threat of rain and vettles desperate tire gambles and the overall closeness of the top 7 or so runners meant that I always felt we were just seconds away from seeing a truly epic race. It always felt like something was going to happen soon…

    And frankly that is enough for me at Monaco. Its a place where every little twitch or lockup or bobble can escalate into a huge deal. And for this one day a year, just watching these talented lads drive an insanely difficult old track will mean that I never give the Monaco GP a lower rating than a pretty good race at a modern track.

    1. themagicofspeed (@)
      27th May 2012, 22:53

      I agree. It was the great race that awkwardly never was. Bit of an understated let down in many ways.

      And i have to agree with your point about the track. The strange, unexplainable magic of Monaco must stay on the calendar. Yes, theres no overtaking, its boring at times, etc, but its somehow just so exciting to watch. I just cannot explain it.

  14. Here are the total elapsed times for races over the past few years:


    I don’t really think anyone can definitively say that this race was overall slow due to drivers conserving their tyres. Have a look at the facts before you make yourself look silly.

  15. I’m going to say 4/10. The race lacked a bit of punch, mostly because everyone drove cautiously in anticipation of the rain. It would have been fantastic if someone had done what Vergne did at the first stop, and gambled on there being no downpour.

  16. While I agree this year’s race wasn’t thrilling, I think the calls to get rid of the Monaco grand prix are absolutely ridiculous. I bet that if offered the opportunity to visit any of the grands prix throughout the season for free, most people would pick either Monaco or silverstone or spa. There’s a history to these tracks that is unrivalled by any other track on the calendar bar monza. These races are the reason F1 is as successful as it is, not the modern additions to the calendar. We need to fix the rest of the calendar before we get rid of Monaco. Bring back tracks like imola with some actual history, and return formula 1 to what it should really be about – the world’s best drivers driving on the absolute limit – that’s the entertainment! Get rid of the drs and tyres and aerodynamics and let the drivers show their skill on tracks that provide a challenge instead of just being designed for the aero cars of today. It should be about the driving, not the “show”.

    Oh and while we’re at it, get rid of the ridiculous rule that you can only move once to overtake – the FIA need to learn from the BTCC about that.

  17. I actually was so frustrated with Lotus, I stopped watching the GP half way through.

    Very happy for Webber, good job mate!

    Seriously, Lotus, again showed total lack of sharp decision making during the race. You could see Kimi lacking traction out of the corners like 15 laps before he pitted. I know the weather situation, but it’s not an excuse to hope win a lottery (China all over again).

    That decision also opened pit stop window for the front runners and effectively put Kimi outside that group.

    They again lost full pit stop gap, before they had to take one and then lost another 25 seconds.

    As much as I want Kimi to win World Championship. If Lotus keep giving away points on these strategy calls, I’m afraid they will get way too far.

    Unlucky for Romain and Shummi.

  18. For me this was a typical Monaco race except for one aspect – tyres. Lots of tension in the build up, the adrenalin rush of the dash to the first corner, and then it’s over to the pit stops for any change in position. The only thing different this year was the lack of crashes. I believe this is because the drivers weren’t pushing to the limit but instead were driving within themselves in order to preserve their tyres. Coulthard made a comment after the race about how impressed he was that the top 6 drivers didn’t make one mistake – i think this is less about the current quality of the drivers and more to do with the way in which they are required to drive. Even Mark Webber after the race didn’t seem that pumped given he’d just bossed the field for 78 laps.

  19. disgruntled
    28th May 2012, 1:07

    I gave this race a 9

    reason is I watched the 1993 Monaco a few days before this…apart for the names (Senna, Prost, Schumi, Patrese, Hill, Alesi etc) & the commentary (Murray Walker & James Hunt) the racing was squarely boring beyond the 2012 definition

  20. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    28th May 2012, 1:37

    Because of the tyres. The tyres rendering the drivers unable to actually push and try to catch and overtake.
    Yes I know that Monaco is the most difficult to overtake on, but still, it would have been nice to have some close battles. For about 71 of the 78 laps, they were just driving around managing their tyres.
    Last years race was much better because they could actually push the car.

    1. @tophercheese21 – The tyres were a problem, but I don’t think they were the problem you described them to be.

      The reason why nobody pushed was because they were all expecting rain to come, and they were expecting it to start shortly after the first pit window would normally close. So everyone drove conservatively, trying to prolong the life of their tyres. But the rain never came, and while it allowed everyone to move to a one-stop strategy, it took some of the life out of the fight. If someone up the front had done what Jean-Eric Vergne did and gambled on the weather never coming, things would have been much more interesting.

      1. Aditya Banerjee (@)
        28th May 2012, 10:22

        +1,fully agree with you PM,its a point most people seem to have missed!!!!

      2. Chris (@tophercheese21)
        28th May 2012, 11:04

        Good point, i forgot to factor in the chance of rain. But still, lol, i didnt really see any close battles until the end, and then it was okay.

        Hopefully canada will throw up another winner.
        LEWIS!…if Mclaren dont screw him over again. lol

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