Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Monaco, 2013

Glamorous Monaco fails to gain high rating

2013 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Tom Taylor

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Monaco, 2013The Monaco Grand Prix may be feted as the most glamorous event in Formula One but as a race it often doesn’t quite cut it.

That was the case again this year as the ‘jewel in the crown of the F1 season’ attained an average score of just 6.132 out of ten. That placed it above only the Spanish Grand Prix in the races so far this year, but it did get a higher score than last season.

The build-up to the grand prix was dominated by the revelation of Mercedes’ secret tyre test in Spain. But that seemed to have little bearing on how F1 Fanatic readers rated the race.

Views were split between those who enjoyed the action that followed the red flag and those who pointed out there was no real fight at the front and the top drivers were forced to back off and preserve their tyres:

I really enjoyed that race: Excellent drive from Rosberg, good luck for Vettel and Webber, bad luck for Hamilton, Button?s finishing position surprised me but was welcome, Sutil was everything Perez was not… great drive from him! Coupled with the usual Grosjean/Maldonado smash-and-grab antics I thought it was highly entertaining.

Just boring. Horrible race even for Monaco. Gave it a two.

Dull first half of the race. Second part only spiced by moves from those that didn?t care about scoring points. No attacks from the guys leading the championship apart from Hamilton?s couple of shy tries on Webber.

Not even strategies could play a role in this race. All did the same saving tyres in the first half procession. Worst Monaco Grand Prix I’ve ever seen.

A major talking point was the driving of some of the recent GP2 graduates:

Perez, Grosjean, Maldonado… all with potential and all frustratingly crash-prone.

These guys have time to get their acts together but come next year I can?t see these three crash kids all being on the grid. I think it?s likely at least one of them won?t stop crashing and will be booted out (regardless of whether they bring in sponsorship or not). It?ll be interesting to see, and I like Perez and Grosjean enough to want to see them succeed.

While a few people leapt to their defence.

As much as the F1 fan base screams and wishes for more drivers like Gilles Villeneuve, Ayrton Senna and such ?ǣ they?re the loudest to scream that drivers like??Perez and Maldonado are ‘dangerous and unfit for F1’ when they actually show that aggression.

I think it?s worth pointing out to those who are arguing about the GP2 graduate drivers, mainly Perez and Maldonado, being reckless and ruining the race, that not all GP2 drivers are like that.

I mean, it’s not like a graduate won the race or anything…

It’s about as likely to happen as Kimi Raikkonen telling knock-knock jokes in the press conference, but some even called for the race to be scrapped:

Boring race. I also believe Monaco should not longer be in F1???s calendar. The drivers can handle the race to their limits but it?s no good to watch ten or twelve cars follow another for 80% of the race. I know it’s a ‘prestigious’ Grand Prix but we?re not here for the prince and the movie ‘stars’.

Agreed, very boring. Monaco shouldn’t be part of today?s F1 calendar. The history and glamour feeling shouldn?t be enough to keep it in. Time to update the calendar and actually go to tracks that suit the set safety regulations and measurements for F1 track.

Or perhaps it just needs a better standard of celebrity, suggested one tongue-in-cheek comment:

I expect higher quality celebrity representation, that?s what. There was a serious celebrity deficit. Minus three for that.

According to the NBC promos, which showed Will Smith about ten times, I expected to see more than David Hasselhoff and Cameron Diaz. Hasselhoff is barely a celebrity so that was really scraping the barrel. Diaz is past her professional prime. We can usually at least count on the Jamiroquai guys to show up.

Next year we must have at least Bieber, the Dalai Lama, Vladimir Putin, or a celebrity roster of equivalent aggregate fame.

There have been a few complaints about the standard of television coverage during the season. But Monaco – the only remaining race where a local TV director is used rather than one provided by FOM – came under stronger attack than usual:

First half was extremely tedious as Monaco is always. Got better towards the end, but the director did his best to miss interesting bits. We saw none of Raikkonen’s overtakes during the final laps and instead we were shown the top four cruising around.

The TV coverage director: zero out of ten. Was absolute and total rubbish the whole weekend, but in the race he somehow managed to do worse than that.

Missed huge amounts of action and never even showed Raikkonen’s charge from sixteenth to tenth in the last seven laps.

In the view of one reader, this was the race that had the ingredients of a classic but couldn’t make anything out of them:

This race wasn?t bad, but could have been amazing.

The first part of the race (before the first Safety Car) 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 Safety Car, 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 on the tyres they wanted.

The last part of the race could have delivered the same amount of thrills, but instead it became very frustrating. There were a couple of impressive passes, but also a lot of frustrating moments: Perez destroying his race (and Raikkonen’s) with a contact, Alonso sinking in the field (after he showed promising pace in practice), and the top four 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 Raikkonen 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.

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