boring 2024 Monaco GP

Drivers, fans and pundits react to boring 2024 Monaco GP. Image: File

F1 reacts to boring 2024 Monaco GP

Formula 1 fans are united in demanding that something be done about the boring 2024 Monaco GP spectacle this past weekend …

boring 2024 Monaco GP

Drivers, fans and pundits react to boring 2024 Monaco GP. Image: File

As Charles Leclerc and Ferrari celebrated, the Formula 1 world was united in lambasting the boring 2024 Monaco GP spectacle. Following a fearsome lap-one crash which triggered a red flag, drivers were permitted to fit new tyres. The entire field then proceeded to drive around Monaco in a slow, processional fashion.

“I should have brought my pillow,” said world champion Max Verstappen on the radio. Ferrari boss Frederic Vasseur admits that en route to victory Monegasque Leclerc, “Could have driven three to four seconds per-lap faster”. The big, heavy and stiffly sprung F1 cars on the tight streets of Monaco saw the entire top 10 finish exactly where they started. It’s the first time in Formula 1 history this has occurred.

BORING 2024 MONACO GP

boring 2024 Monaco GP
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc broke his home-track jinx in the boring 2024 Monaco GP. Image: File

“It has never been worse than this,” said Olav Mol on Ziggo Sport. After the race, Oscar Piastri, who followed Leclerc home in P2, said, “It was the slowest race I’ve ever driven. Formula 2 must have been faster than us.” Mercedes’ Toto Wolff admitted he also found himself in uncharted territory. “I got myself a yoghurt and an espresso. And I’ve never done that in 12 years,” said the Austrian. 

Wolff’s Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner commented, “It’s no longer a race when you slow down three or four seconds per lap because the other car has no chance to pass you.” During a post-race interview with Viaplay, Verstappen joined the discussion with George Russell and told the Briton, “My God, that was awful … How boring was that?” To which Russell replied, “They really need to change something on Sundays here.  Maybe compulsory pitstops.”

WORST CARS FOR MONACO

Siya Kolisi speaks to famed F1 broadcaster Martin Brundle
Arguably the highlight of the weekend was Siya Kolisi’s presence in the Red Bull garage. Here he speaks to famed F1 broadcaster Martin Brundle. Photo: X

Spanish F1 veteran Fernando Alonso said that the only point of interest in racing in Monaco is the pitstops, and that was lost after the red flag. “The current cars are also the worst for Monaco – too big and heavy and our tyres are too hard. At least the F2 cars still have an overtaking option,” said Alonso. – with GMM

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