Monaco GP receives lowest rating of 2012 so far

2012 Monaco Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Monaco, 2012The Monaco Grand Prix produced an extraordinarily close finish. Just 4.1 seconds covered the top five finishers, led by Mark Webber, after 78 laps of racing.

But despite this, the race received an average rating of 5.436, the lowest so far this year. It was also rated lower than the four previous Monaco Grands Prix.

The race was shaped by the ever-present threat of rain, which led teams to be very conservative about the tyre strategies, as Solo pointed out:

Another problem was the one pit stop strategy that they all end up doing either waiting for rain or as a plan.

With such a strategy everyone was on conservative mode to keep the tyres alive.
Solo

Several commenters remarked that the team’s ‘want-and-see’ strategies made for a lifeless race:

David Coulthard made a comment after the race about how impressed he was that the top six 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.
Davidwhite

For some, this was what made the race, though they seemed to be in the minority:

The strategy on the pit wall and the strategic driving in this race was second to none and with the first four cars separated by 1.4 seconds the tension until the end was incredible.
Macca

JCost argued that the traditionally glitzy atmosphere did nothing to entertain:

The glamour cannot save that race as a show for the spectators. I understand drivers love the challenge but for viewers it’s very boring.

A bit more rain would make it a thriller but it never came and we ended up with a poor show.
JCost

John H views Monaco as an all-or-nothing track:

Moncao can either be fantastic or a bore-fest. Obviously its convenient to criticise it after this race but next year it could be fantastic again like it almost was last year, in 2010 and 2008.
John H

Despite echoes of the thrilling climax to this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, rambler wasn’t excited:

I’d say it’s the only time I have ever been so bored while the top six of a race are so close together.

You just knew nothing would happen despite everyone being so close. They might as well been 20 seconds apart, I wouldn?t have felt any different.
Rambler

But have the changes in racing in recent years altered our view of Monaco? DK and Craig-o offered some perspective:

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.
DK

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.

It would have been an amazing race five years ago. But abysmal by 2012 standards.
Craig-o

What did you think of the Monaco Grand Prix? Does it deserve its place at the foot of the rankings? Have your say in the comments

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Race Rating
2008 Monaco Grand Prix 8.177
2009 Monaco Grand Prix 5.504
2010 Monaco Grand Prix 6.217
2011 Monaco Grand Prix 7.684
2012 Monaco Grand Prix 5.436

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75 comments on Monaco GP receives lowest rating of 2012 so far

  1. JustinF1 (@justinf1) said on 5th June 2012, 17:45

    Maybe because passing is limited,. It appears to be a nightmare to drive. 1,000% focus at 100% of the time. I have to admit I do prefer Qualy more than the race at Monaco because feel the drivers are pushing it to the max with light fuel.

  2. Wilhelm (@wilhelm) said on 5th June 2012, 18:05

    Ranked lower than the 2009 edition? Really?

    For people sunbathing in the yachts nearby maybe, but else…

  3. Paulocreed (@paulocreed) said on 5th June 2012, 19:00

    I disagree that this was a boring race. Just because the cars didn’t attempt an overtake, doesn’t mean they weren’t pushing. Even if they’re trying to conserve the tires they still need to drive fast or risk loosing their position. In Monaco it is insanely difficult to pass. You need a car that is SEVERAL seconds faster per lap. And any failed attempt at a pass will damage the car or tyres or cost the driver time. Tyre or even car conservation has always been a part of racing. In-fact it was even more so in the past, because the cars were not as reliable as they are now. Do you think that if the drivers were pushing as hard as they can for 78 laps straight they wouldn’t blow the engine or overheat something in the car other than the tyres? I’m sick and tired of hearing all this talk about this is not real racing because the tyres fall off too early or DRS or this and that. Every team has the same available tools at their disposal. I personally took a different approach at watching this race. As I’m a big fan of racing, and play F1 2010 as often as time allows me. I know that I can’t go half distance of a race at Monaco and be as consistent as these drivers were. If I were in any of the top 6 drivers shoes, even if I couldn’t get passed anyone, I’d still feel as if I was racing, I just didn’t have the right opportunity to pass the racer ahead of me. I study the drivers, and try to learn what I can and apply it to the game so I can become a better racer. I know I went off topic but I still say this was an entertaining race, just not as much as the last 5 races. My rant is done.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 6th June 2012, 7:55

      @paulocreed

      “You need a car that is SEVERAL seconds faster per lap.”

      Try telling that to Jenson Button, stuck behind Kovalainen ;)

      • Paulocreed (@paulocreed) said on 6th June 2012, 18:16

        @andrewtanner like I said, several seconds faster. In qualifying Jenson’s time was only one second faster than Kovalainan’s. Button’s car would have to be at least 4 seconds faster if not more per lap. Remember when Alonso started from the back of the grid? I believe it was in 2010. The passes he was able to make, as difficult as they were, were because his car was much faster.

  4. jpowell (@jpowell) said on 5th June 2012, 19:18

    Cars going so slowly even Pirelli tyres not under stress, eyes started closing half way through. The only way one of those up front were going to make a mistake is if they followed suit.

  5. OOliver said on 5th June 2012, 19:45

    I guess fans like chess when you can grab the pieces and not when they are speeding along.

  6. Michael Brown (@lite992) said on 5th June 2012, 21:07

    Personally I thought it was boring because nobody even made an attempt to overtake anyone else. The only moves I can recall are Perez on Kovalainen (once or twice out of the tunnel, one at St Devote), Vergne on Perez at the tunnel, and MSC attempting to pass Kimi out of the tunnel.

    Yes one stop strategies are boring but when the drivers aren’t even attempting to pass – and the DRS couldn’t even fix that – shows how worried the teams are about these tires. It might be fun for the viewers but I’m sure it’s not fun for the drivers.

    • Kimi4WC said on 7th June 2012, 3:25

      Because Kimi’s tyres were gone 6 laps ago and he was lacking traction out of corners for 10. Lotus and their winning strategies, gotta wonder.

      For me this was the most exiting moment too, I stopped watching GP after I realized Lotus pulled another of their strategy masterpieces.

  7. Slim (@slim) said on 6th June 2012, 2:39

    The Monaco race from see above can be a bit tedious but the views from inside the cockpit… Come on theyre brilliant! I love watching the race from the drivers perspective and also that low angle shot at the end of chicane where you see the cars literally bounce off the curbs.

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 6th June 2012, 7:47

    I think I have it a 7 and I stand by that. Personally, I can only vote for the race I did see, rather than what I didn’t so with that in mind I scored it pretty high. Yes, drivers were very concerned about their tyres but I would attribute that to the weather rather than any supposed high-wear, after all, Vettel did 46 laps on the softs! You can only expect so much at Monaco, the cares were extremely close in the end, to me that’s a good race, irrespective of position changes.

  9. andrew_s (@andrew_s) said on 6th June 2012, 10:47

    as I mentioned in an earlier comment, I do not recall moaning at the kids once to keep quiet during the race. In fact, I recall speaking to them a fair bit during the race. :)

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