Monaco GP: Does F1’s crown jewel need to make changes to improve racing in Monte Carlo? | F1 News

For the first time in F1 history, the top 10 drivers in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix started where they finished.

In a dramatic first lap, Sergio Pérez and Kevin Magnussen tangled at high speed, trapping the other Haas of Nico Hulkenberg as debris scattered the track and brought out a red flag.

During the suspension of the race, everyone changed tires, so there was no need to pit again as the drivers had used two tire compounds.

Carlos Sainz returned to his starting position for the resumption of the race after suffering a puncture at the original start when touching Oscar Piastri, an accident that left him behind.

And there were no overtakes among the top 10 during the 77 laps of the Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc won his home race from Piastri, Sainz and Lando Norris, with George Russell holding off Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to complete the top seven.

Verstappen and Hamilton pitted in the final 30 laps to change tires, but neither driver was able to gain a position.

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Max Verstappen says Red Bull’s strategy was ruined after the red flag and it made for a “boring” Monaco GP.

“We just finished where we started. The strategy was ruined with the red flag,” Verstappen said. Sky Sports F1.

“From the first lap, on the restart, I was four seconds off the pace and I relaxed. There was no exercise whatsoever. Just very, very boring.”

Have F1 cars overtaken Monaco?

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Highlights of the Monaco Grand Prix.

There are very few places to overtake an F1 car in Monaco, and even then you need to stick your elbows out or hope the driver you’re racing sees you coming.

Since 2017, F1 cars have been two meters wide and around 5.5 meters long, so driving one at high speeds on a narrow track is difficult enough when driving alone, let alone trying to overtake.

“I think it’s something we should look at collectively. It’s not a race as such when you’re driving three or four seconds off the pace because the other car has no chance of overtaking,” the Red Bull team said. Chief Christian Horner.

“Monaco is a great place to race, but the cars are so big now that we just have to see if we can do something that introduces an overtaking zone or at least the potential for an overtake.”

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A look back at several accidents in the Monaco Grand Prix tunnel.

“I think it’s something that F1 should consider collectively because it’s a great place, there’s a lot of history here, but everything evolves and I think the cars are so big now, if you compare them to the cars from 10 years ago, they’re almost double.” in size. So it’s something, collectively as a sport with the promoter, (for us) to see how we introduce an overtaking opportunity.”

In the last 30 years, the highest number of overtakes at the Monaco Grand Prix was 23 in 1997, but it was a wet race. The most overtakes in a dry race was 17 in 2006, with 16 overtakes in the 2011 and 2013 races.

In 2003 and 2021, there was no on-track overtaking, so it’s not a new problem for F1, even when the cars were a little smaller in the past.

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Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz reflects on all the big talking points from the Monaco Grand Prix.

“I think Monaco as an event is spectacular, but the racing has always been a bit boring, whether the cars were small or big,” said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.

“I’ve said it before, maybe there is something on the track that we can do. But it needs rain or massive strategic changes. We still want to come here. Everything around it makes it very special.”

Hamilton suggests special tires for Monaco

Even without the red flag, Monaco is always a guaranteed one-stop race due to relatively low tire degradation and the difficulty of overtaking, even on new rubber.

When Pirelli returned to F1 in 2011, that year’s Monaco race featured different strategy options with the top three drivers using one-, two- and three-stop strategies due to high tire wear.

However, for the last decade, the simple strategy has been to make just one pit stop, which is another reason for the lack of action.

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Lewis Hamilton says there are encouraging signs for Mercedes as improvements continue to come after a positive result in Monaco.

“Monaco is still… it’s Monaco, it hasn’t really changed much. The cars are getting bigger, you can’t overtake without a big risk of collision,” Hamilton said.

“I wish we had bigger roads and the track was wider, but I don’t think that’s the case in Monaco because it’s a small place and the race is still more or less the same.”

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Lance Stroll is on the charge after switching to the softs, passing Zhou Guanyu in the tunnel and then going up the inside of Logan Sargeant on the exit of turn one.

“I would say that maybe having special tires for this race, to have more pit stops, would create more variability. Whether we have Sprint weekends or not, a specific weekend can definitely arise.”

“This weekend in particular, I think they should come up with some new formula instead of just doing the same thing. That’s just my opinion.”

Sainz: “Nothing beats Monaco”

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Ferrari continues its celebrations by jumping into the harbor after its victory at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Monaco is one of only four tracks that were on the original 1950 F1 World Championship calendar (Silverstone, Monza and Spa-Francorchamps are the others) and, apart from the canceled 2020 race, has appeared on the calendar every year. years since 1955.

Ferrari’s Sainz has been on the podium in three of the last four Monaco Grands Prix and defended the event, but admitted track organizers should consider changing the layout to create a better overtaking spot.

“I’m sorry for the others, but I think no one beats Monaco and no one ever will. The only thing they beat in Monaco is the spectacle on race day, which in Monaco is sometimes a bit boring,” Sainz said.

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Valtteri Bottas finds the gap and overtakes Logan Sargeant in Monaco.

“If there is an opportunity to create a passing spot around Monaco, take a look at the city, take a look at the layout and make an effort to make that happen, because it would make Monaco an even better track.”

“It would leave us all waiting for Sunday. Knowing that Monaco is the best and will always be the best in terms of glamour, I wouldn’t underestimate the changes that Imola, Monaco and these types of circuits can make for the future.”

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