“It’s Pretty Challenging” – Why F1 Can’t Find an Easy Solution to Monaco

Published 05/26/2021, 5:13 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021 General view of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during the race REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious races on the F1 calendar. However, it is also one of the least exciting races as the narrow roads of Monte Carlo limit the chances of overtaking. As seen in the 2021 Monaco GP, Haas’s Mick Schumacher was the sole driver able to pull off an overtake; he passed his teammate, Nikita Mazepin, at the Fairmont Hairpin.

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The only changes to the track were done back in 2003 near the harbor area to the swimming pool due to safety reasons. Hence, the idea to change the track layout was brought up to make the races more exciting.

F1 director, Ross Brawn, is open to the idea of altering the Monte Carlo circuit

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As quoted by ESPN, Brawn said, “We’ll take a look. But it won’t be the first time someone has taken a look at doing something like that and no one has come up with a solution so far.

“But we do have tools now. We have built our overtaking simulation tool and we will certainly have our people take a look at it, but it’s pretty challenging.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

He added, “People often say why don’t you change the tyre strategy, or things like that, but the teams adapt. They just find tactics to overcome it, so I don’t think tyres or strategy is going to make a lot of difference.

“We’ve got new cars [as a result of a new set of regulations] next year, so it will be interesting to see what evolves with that.It’s a brilliant event, but we all know the limitations of the track,” the Briton concluded.

How did this year’s Monaco Grand Prix pan out?

After skipping it last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, F1 returned to Monaco for the 2021 season. It was a controversial race for some as Charles Leclerc managed to retain his pole position despite getting into a session-ending crash at turn 16. However, due to drive-shaft issues, the Monégasque couldn’t participate in his home race.

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Hence, it gave Max Verstappen the perfect opportunity as he started in second place to lead the race from the start. The Red Bull prodigy did exactly that and lead the pack of drivers for 78 laps around the circuit.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race with his team Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

The Dutch driver scored Red Bull‘s second win of the season and hopes to carry this form in the upcoming races. With a possibility of changes coming next year to track, will it make racing more exciting? We can only speculate till then.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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