Despite the fact that Daniel Ricciardo put in a stonking pole lap and followed it up with a seriously impressive drive with a broken car, much of the chatter in the days since has been whether Monaco should still have a place on the F1 calendar.
So, is it a glorious one-off event with flaws we should accept in the name of the history and spectacle of cars going at ridiculous speeds around such a narrow circuit? Or has the sport evolved so far beyond the race that it’s time for Monaco to finally be dropped (or at the very least altered) from the calendar? Fans, drivers, and pundits alike have been sharing their thoughts on Twitter – here are a selection of viewpoints.
IMO Monaco is only on the calendar for historic / marketing reasons. The track itself is entirely inappropriate for today's cars. I understand why it is still part of the championship but I don't think it should be.
— Ben Kerby (@BenKerby) May 28, 2018
Disagree… Monaco is on calendar because it represents everything that F1 is. Where it is about inches and millimeters that seperate you from being P1 or P22. If you are true racer and enjoy F1 then this is not even a debate Part of Formula 1 and will always be.
— Eduan (@EduanEls) May 29, 2018
I’ve tweeted several times that people look at the past with rose tinted glasses too much. However, let’s be honest, the race pace this year often being 10% slower than Quali was rubbish! https://t.co/uTPS3KFvXU
— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) May 31, 2018
I'm sure being there and experiencing the whole Monaco atmosphere is a different animal to those of us just tuning in to watch the race. I'll be honest, unless there's rain forecast, Monaco is the one GP I don't mind missing, it's a procession unfortunately.
— Danny of Nazareth (@dannyalbo) May 29, 2018
I think if there were still only 14/15 races it it would be taking up space but when there’s 20+ I think there’s room for it.If for nothing else than to marvel at the ridiculous speed being carried through corners. Plus on the occasions when it’s wet it becomes of the best races!
— Yeah, you? (@JarydCorny) May 29, 2018
I think its fair if we as fans get 20 races that are primarily for us to enjoy, and the drivers get 1 race thats primarily for them, you don't have to watch it if you don't want to.
— Luke Montgomery (@LukeMontgomery7) May 31, 2018
Till the end of time. If #F1 continues to sell out the heritage tracks the very soul of #F1 will be lost. The racing may be boring in Monaco but the whole weekend is one fans wouldn't want to miss. Rather Monaco than some of the tracks we have with runoffs the size of car parks.
— Chris Laker (@ChrisLakerF1) May 31, 2018
Anyone justifying the need for Monaco GP in the Calendar will emphasise the heritage, glamor & track difficulty… but, will fail to acknowledge the track isn’t compatible with the current gen. cars.
— mani (@mani517) May 29, 2018
F1 needs a serious revamp not Monaco
— Squirrelz (@cyrilderiviere) May 28, 2018
A car on joke tyres can't pass a broken car. And this is the pinnacle of motorsport? #F1 #MonacoGP
— Richard Ginn (@74Ginn) May 27, 2018
The qualifying spectacle Monaco provides is the best one of the year by far .. if that decides the race result who gives a shit … The drivers lay it all down Saturday watch Riccardos qualifying lap! he earned the chocolates….Monaco has to stay …#FakeNews
— Agent Scully (@BasementRoom5) May 28, 2018
The Monaco GP is almost always the most boring race of the year. Only worth watching for quali.
— Bullitt (@MrBrownlegg) May 28, 2018
If they need monaco on the calendar then they need to make a change quickly.. Whether they change it to a time trial or a rallycross style shootout, something has to change
— [SHAGGY!] (@SHAGGYxLFDY) May 27, 2018
Still seeing comments on Monaco GP. Those slating it for lack of passing have fundamental misunderstanding of what motor racing is. Give me a tense race with no passing over a DRS snorefest any day. 1981 Spain anyone?
— Marcus Simmons (@MarcusSimmons54) May 31, 2018
Awwwww no! Looks like I have a fundamental misunderstanding of what motor racing is! I thought I did! And after their comments, it also looks like @alo_oficial @LewisHamilton and Sebastian Vettel have a fundamental misunderstanding of what motor racing is! We're doomed! 🙂 🙂 https://t.co/orj9uvCEDS
— Perry McCarthy (@original_stig) May 31, 2018
Personally, I hate the Monaco GP. Once the awe has worn off from the seeing the cars fly through the Swimming Pool section (usually sometime during the first practice session) the realisation quickly dawns that modern F1 has outgrown the event and that unless something bonkers happens, it’s not going to be a good race.
I’m sure it’s a completely different experience being there, but watching it at home leaves me completely cold, a matter not helped by the fact that a few hours later comes the Indy 500, a race which I always find utterly enthralling.
But that said, I would hate to see Monaco dropped from the calendar. So what if the races are regularly boring? Other circuits, from Spa to Sochi, Monza to Montreal, and Silverstone to Singapore have all churned out their fair share of borefests. That’s the nature of F1.
In fact, as far as this year’s race went, I actually thought it was about as good as you can reasonably expect a Monaco GP to be without a ton of safety cars, collisions, or rain. There was tyre uncertainty, different strategies and – courtesy of Max Verstappen’s Saturday mishap – a reasonable amount of overtaking. I don’t even care that drivers were lapping several seconds off the pace they could have been doing, because to the naked eye, I certainly couldn’t tell.
But whilst Monaco shouldn’t be dropped, I think it should be changed – whether that’s in terms of layout, or whether the race should have some special rules to really help what is supposed to be ‘the jewel in the crown’ of F1 stand out even more.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.