Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monte-Carlo, 2013

Rate the race: 2013 Monaco Grand Prix

2013 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monte-Carlo, 2013What did you think of the today’s race? Share your verdict on the Monaco Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (6%)
  • 2 (3%)
  • 3 (5%)
  • 4 (8%)
  • 5 (10%)
  • 6 (15%)
  • 7 (22%)
  • 8 (19%)
  • 9 (9%)
  • 10 (3%)

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  1. I always accept that you don’t get a lot of overtaking at Monaco & that the races can often be a bit processional so always look to the challenge of Monaco to provide the excitement. Watching the drivers mm from the armco pushing hard knowing that 1 mistake could end there race has always been the fun of watching the Monaco Gp.

    Today however we didn’t even get a lot of that. With everyone running 3-4 seconds a lap off what they could to look after the tyres we just had a dull procession in which most the field wasn’t pushing which took away the best part of watching the cars running around Monaco.
    You had big gaps between most the cars as they were been told to back off in order to watch there tyres, Don’t get too close to the car ahead to watch its tyres & as a result there wasn’t much racing going on.

    Lewis started pushing harder to have a go at Webber & was then told by his team to back off to watch his rear tyres.

    This tyre management stuff is getting stupidly out of hand now, Its gone from been a factor to been the biggest factor at every race.
    Its making the races really dull because were no longer really seeing any racing.

    Not sure i’ll be watching F1 for much longer unless the tyres are changed to make tyre management much less of a factor!

  2. I’d give the first half of the race a mark of maybe 3. The second half I’d give perhaps an 8.
    But it’s Monaco, and overall remains boring, boring, boring.

  3. Worse race, is time for F1 to leave Monaco…this track has nothing to do with F1

  4. Incredibly boring, as always with Monaco – 3/10.
    The little choo choo to the finish but even worse with tyre management. Good for Rosberg and Vettel, both ferraris were soo terrible and Perez below everything as he ruined both his and Raikonnen’s race.

  5. what a boring race that was, proves the fact that DRS does make f1 way more intresting!
    also the f1-tv-direction was absolutely awful, i want to see the cause of a yellow flag immediately and not 40 seconds after the incident, even i could direct races better…

    perfect drive from rosberg, definately driver of the weekend, kudos to perez and sutil for actually trying to make a move

  6. Not more than 6. Despite a thrilling race, the result is not worth embracing. Alonso drove half-mindedly, Raikkonen unfortunately involved in an unfortunate incident resulting in losing his position as well as aggressive Chico failing to finish. Luckiest driver on the grid today would be Sutil, having all the drama taking place infront and still came out undamaged and made every penny out of it. Funny to watch Massa go off the track at the same place as in practice.

  7. Yet again, more tyre conservation than full-on racing. So boring. At least Perez and Sutil livened things up a bit. I’m pleased for Rosberg, though. It will mean so much to him.

  8. A procession as usual at Monaco. Scored it a 2 and only because Checo had a go.

  9. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan)
    26th May 2013, 16:35

    This race wasn’t bad, but could have been amazing.

    The first part of the race (before the first SC) was absolutely boring : no one could pass, and we had the feeling that Mercedes was holding everybody up. It was as if we were watching a formation lap for more than 20 laps.

    Then, after the first SC, the race started getting thrilling : we at least had the feeling that overtaking were possible. All the cars were glued together, Hamilton looked like he could pass Webber, Perez looked like he could pass everyone. It was a real thriller, but unfortunately, it didn’t last very long. Like in 2011, a red flag ruined it. Everyone could put the tyres they want.

    The last part of the race could have delivered the same amount of thrills, but instead it became very furstrating. There were a couple of impressive passes, but also a lot of frustrating moments : Perez destroying his race (and Raïkkönen’s) with a contact, Alonso sinking in the field (after he showed promising pace in practice), and the top 4 having their positions frozen without anyone attacking any more.

    The victory of Rosberg might have been a nice moment (that guy really deserves to have more wins). But, what I didn’t like was that we’ve seen a lot of dangerous incidents. Grosjean has stupidly rammed Ricciardo : we don’t want to see that side of Grosjean’s driving in races. Perez was nice to see most of the time, the incident with kimi was dangerous and frustrating. His retirement was even more frustrating. And last but not least, Chilton’s driving was way too dangerous : the accident with Maldonado was scary. Chilton was driving as if he didn’t pay attention to what was going around him. A drive-through was way too nice for that accident.

    I rated the race 6. Could have been a great race, but too many issued prevented me to like this year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

  10. Let’s say 6. It was really a typical Monaco—fastest car on pole, manages gap, escapes a shuffle-back in the inevitable SC period, wins. I add a point for Sutil carving Button and Alonso into tasty schitzel at Lowes.

    Checo, Checo, Checo…now his move on Raikkonen was foolish but I still think he had a better race that Button, who spent the entire race either crying on the radio like a little girl or getting passed by people in places where you cannot let happen in Monaco unless you only have 6th gear in your car or shot tires. Oh he also hit Alonso for no reason. Weak. Neither of those guys put in a performance worthy of McLaren.

  11. I gave it a generous 7, the safety cars and accidents made it somewhat a race otherwise it would have been another follow the train bore fest.

    I don’t like this GP2’esque Perez driving. I think he was taking Raikkonen for granted too much.

  12. These GP2 guys are driving like complete tools. First VDG cut the first corner and slammed into one Williams and then proceeded with slamming into the back of the same car in the hairpin.
    Perez drove like a maniac who based his chances on the fact that other drivers are sensible, so he just went on like a maniac and made them move out of his way.
    Chilton and Ro Gro managed to cause safety car and a red flag each. It’s just complete disgrace.

  13. Formula Pirelli, board game. YAWN

  14. A typical Monaco race, pretty boring for me (nice images, but apart from that… the most thrilling part of the Monaco week-end for me is the qualifications).
    But what kind of race did we get? How come VET sets the fastest lap 2s faster than the pace he and the leader had been going throughout? Are we watching at taxi drivers or F1 pilot? It’s easy to reduce costs in F1 : with such tyres, forget about V10, V8 or V6 turbo; a V2 will do…

    1. throughout = throughout the end, when he did his fastest lap…

  15. George Nikolaou (@)
    26th May 2013, 17:04

    a 7 from me.. and i am a die hard fan of the Monaco gp..
    The only problem today was the Red Bull duo… Vettel did not even tried to take the first place and my fav pilot Webber did not even thought to claim a better position..
    Alonso was in another race and Kimi very unfortunate…

  16. 8/10

    Quite an excellent race I thought: this is Monaco, so you can expect most drivers will be waiting patiently for the leading car to a mistake. But that’s not what we saw today: several drivers, notably Perez, Sutil and Raikkonen, really gave overtaking a go. Perez’s initial passes into the new chicane were great, as were Sutil’s clever passes into Loews. And I just saw Raikkonen’s passes round the outside of both Ste Devote and the Loews hairpin to take that final point and keep his record of consecutively scoring points alive!

    Just some (obligatory) words on the tyres: I’m afraid the thing that made this race so great was Mercedes backing up the field, turning the race into a high-speed traffic jam. Watching the race it really felt exciting, but thinking about it after the race it probably was a bit less exciting for the drivers than I thought it was.

    All in all: not a great race, a lot of rookie errors (Grosjean, Chilton), but still one of the best Monaco races we’ve seen. A good Monaco race is a high-speed traffic jam dog fight and although the battle for the lead was far from that, it was still very entertaining!

    1. Sorry mate but that was nowhere near one of the best Monaco races I’ve seen, it was a joke

    2. Had some time to think about it and decided to give it a 7/10 instead.

  17. 3/10 Boring and to easy to predict, I prefer races like the last one in spain where the strategies made it all intresting over this any day!

    I actually expected it to be an intresting race beforehand but the safety car/ red flag put everyone on the same strategy…

  18. Mr win or lose
    26th May 2013, 18:05


    This race was a joke. The drivers were nursing their tyres all the way to the chequered flag, the race control was inconsistent and in the end the cheating Mercedes team won.

    1. Which ‘bad looser’ faction are you? Red Bull or Red Car?

      1. Mr win or lose
        26th May 2013, 19:49

        I’m not a bad “looser”. I think it’s highly suspicious when a tyre supplier allows one of the teams to run a secret tyre-test to sort out their tyre problems. Probably Mercedes would have won the race even without that test, as overtaking was almost impossible and they had the power to control the pace in order to save their tyres, but this has little to do with racing. Even Van der Garde was at some point the fastest man on the track. Please bring back refuelling. :(

        1. I don’t see what the big deal is about the tire test. None f the tires used in this test were current tires, so none of the information gathered about the tires would benefit them… until next year/whenever/if-ever those tires are actually used.

  19. Ok, Monaco is very picturesque and glamorous and all of that, but the races here (unless it rains) definitely lack excitement.
    It’s a track that essentially doesn’t allow overtaking. Now some of you will go ‘Ah, but Sutil and Perez passed people!’. Sure, because they have absolutely nothing to lose. When Hamilton was on Webber’s gearbox he couldn’t get past and couldn’t risk much, because he would lose a heap of points that may even prove crucial to the World Championship. Same thing when Alonso had Raikkonen in his sight following a restart (can’t remember which one).
    If you are a top guy who has a chance of fighting for the Championship, you are just not going to risk it. Monaco overtaking manoeuvres end up in disaster too often.
    And I think that’s not good enough. Motor racing is all about overtaking, racing wheel to wheel. That doesn’t exist in Monaco. Processions is what happens here.
    I find it outrageous that Mercedes could impose a ludicrously slow race pace – so that Van der Garde was a second quicker than Nico – and nobody could go past. It’s just not how F1 is supposed to be.
    If Tilke came up with a track as narrow and twisty as this, he’d probably be stabbed 46 times by angry fans, commentators and drivers.
    The bits that were worth noting were the crashes, which is surely not how it’s supposed to be. I can’t give it more than 4.

    Now let’s move on to a proper track.

    1. Motor racing is all about overtaking, racing wheel to wheel.

      That’s only part of motor racing. Completing the set distance in the quickest time (by being the quickest car and driver combo) is what motor racing is about, overtaking may happen as a consequence. Monaco doesn’t allow for much overtaking, but as shown by some drivers, it isn’t impossible. Overtaking isn’t the be all and end all of F1 anyway- the unique challenge of being fast on a tough circuit for the drivers is what F1 is about.

      1. I’m sorry, but I don’t agree. F1 isn’t about finding out who would be fastest between the isles of a supermarket by qualifying first and then backing up by 4 or 5 seconds as the others can’t overtake him anyway. Racing is about driving on tough circuits (I agree there), but those tracks have to be suited to F1 racing. Monte Carlo clearly is not. And as you said, the fastest driver-car combination should win. On any other track, Rosberg would probably not have won today, as they were clearly not confident about their tyre wear. If Vettel could have overtaken them he would have pushed much harder than Rosberg did, and I believe the Mercs would have fallen back into the field. I think either Vettel or Raikkonen would have won.

        And as I said, the only people that even attempted overtaking manoeuvres this afternoon were drivers that had absolutely nothing to lose. Drivers that are into the Championship fight will never attempt overtaking here, because it’s too risky. And that’s not right.

  20. this is the most boring race ever..monaco should be removed from the f1 schedule and should be replaced with some good tracks ..same with bahrain ..monaco is just a 78 laps parade where cars maintain the position they start from ..**** load for a grand prix…looking forward to canada ..ps -wnt be seeing monaco grand prix from next year onwards ..the races are getting boring by the year

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