Every year that Monte-Carlo fails to produce a cracker of a race, detractors are quick to question the appropriateness of the venue for Formula 1 and it was the same story this year after a dull afternoon at the principality, prompting F1 motorsport chief Ross Brawn to ask: What do you expect at Monaco?
This time around the likes Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso led the chorus of critics in the wake of a mundane Monaco Grand Prix, the Spaniard labelled it the most boring race ever while the Briton claimed that drivers were in cruise control all afternoon at the principality.
Brawn said in a press release after the race, “I’ve heard and read a number of comments from drivers and F1 people saying the race was boring and it’s true that it wasn’t action-packed, all the more so as the tyres were the key factor. However, it’s a bit naïve to expect lots of duels and passing moves in Monaco!”
“That’s in contrast to the unique spectacle of Saturday’s qualifying, as this is the only place one can get so close to the action as the 20 drivers brush the barriers (sometimes clipping them) at speeds that are just unthinkable for mere mortals: maybe we don’t give enough credit to these guys who can lap the 3,337 metre track in around 71 seconds.”
“Monaco is such a special race that it should not be judged by the same criteria as the others. The atmosphere in the paddock and the town, the glamour that surrounds the event makes it unique.”
“Having said that, one of the aims we have set ourselves for the Formula 1 of the future is to work together with the promoters and all stakeholders to ensure the new circuits provide more overtaking opportunities and that current ones are improved.”
“Naturally, the opinion of the drivers is welcome and our door is always open. However, in Monaco, you’d need to reclaim land from the sea to do something and that’s definitely not up to us!” added Brawn.
Big Question: Can Formula 1 do without Monaco in its current guise?