The Monaco Grand Prix received an average rating of less than five out of ten this year – the lowest the race has been given since F1 Fanatic began Rate the Race in 2008.
A largely processional race saw Sebastian Vettel take victory after jumping ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen in the pits. The change of positions left many wondering whether Ferrari was already favouring the driver who is in the strongest position in the points standings.
Here’s what you had to say about the race.
The Monaco GP should be scrapped – it is boring and the cars are too big for the track. No one ever overtakes because it is simply impossible. The only time drivers change positions is when a pit stop takes place or someone goes out of the race. Boring.
The only reason the race is held in Monaco is for the rich people. It’s more of a chance to show off how wealthy you are than the actual race.
Just about nothing happened in this race. Even the outcome of the pit stops was quite obvious except for the Bottas and Verstappen thing. I did not even see any tries with a reasonable chance of a take over.
Excellent racing, exciting passing moves, wheel to wheel action, some flashy crashes and a last lap fight for the victory! I give this race a ten.
Oh right, I was watching the Indianapolis 500… IndyCar showed this weekend that at least one oval race can be more interesting then the Monaco bore-fest that has no reason to keep existing.
However the track has its defenders:
Yes, Monaco doesn’t generate overtaking (when has it ever), but it is a unique challenge – there is nowhere else like it.
I knew most people would call the race boring but I enjoyed it. Monaco has to be taken with a grain of salt. Watching the cars go round this track in itself is pretty awesome and we got lots of beautiful slow motion shots of the cars brushing the barriers on the limit. The pit stops were very exciting and resulted in quite a few position changes although It would have been nice to see some passing on the track. Loved the radio exchange with Button. You could tell he had no idea Alonso was going to call.
I love F1 because there’s variety. There’s a bit of old school and a bit of the new. Monaco is never going to be a track for lots of overtaking; and lots of overtaking is not all that F1 is about. Monaco Grand Prix is older than F1 itself, and deserves its place on the calendar, where drivers need to be inch perfect and the barriers define the edge of the track.
I know this is rate the race, but to have the top three split by less than 0.05 seconds in qualifying is incredible; Vandoorne pushing too hard and stuffing it in the barriers in qualifying, that’s the commitment I want to see, because its the drivers making the difference over a lap, not just the machinery. And it was good to see drivers actually push all race in Monaco, something we haven’t seen in years like in 2013 when they were lapping five seconds a lap slower than they could have done. There was a sprinkling of overtaking attempts, some crashes, some strategy played out and this Monaco Grand Prix compared to the last few years was great.
Kevin Wong (@Fongu)
And as happens every year the unique Monaco television director earned a special mention:
It was mentioned in commentary that the TV footage is controlled by a local director and I don’t think they did that good a job, for example in qualifying there were a few times when they focused on a warm up lap rather than a fast lap. Also in my opinion for the TV viewers the area where Monaco can be the best is the on board footage, with how close they are to the barriers watching on board footage around Monaco is normally the highlight of the weekend but there was hardly any during the race.
Earlier this year Lewis Hamilton suggested changing the race format for Monaco – a view Golding1X agrees with:
I’ve think they should do something different at Monaco, as well as the race have a time trial or something. They could make a team time trial even. One guy does a standing start and a lap, as they cross the line the teammate starts from the pit lane and does a lap. Fastest wins, constructors points only.
It wouldn’t affect drivers’ championship and we get to see team mates actually be team mates
Do you think it’s time for the Monaco Grand Prix to be run to a different format? Or dropped entirely?
Or should it be left as it is? Have your say in the comments.
Rate the Race: The Twitter verdict
The reaction on Twitter was, if anything, even more negative.
Team order or not F1 race is getting boring.
— Joshua Wong (@Joshuahua) May 28, 2017
A race isn't a race if you can't overtake. Waste of everyone's time #MonacoGP
— Steve Holdsworth (@sjholdsworth14) May 28, 2017
Any F1 pundits who agree with or accept what Ferrari did, is what's the problem with F1. Fake racing. Wasted 78 laps. Robbed
— Kai (@TheKopSings) May 28, 2017
The Monaco F1 Grand Prix has got to be one of the most boring races to watch in motorsport.
— Louis Karsenbarg (@LouisKarsenbarg) May 28, 2017
The Monaco GP summed up everything that is wrong with F1. Manufactured results. I love Ferrari but that was a poor show. #skyf1
— Lano (@Lano1uk) May 28, 2017
— Alana D. (@Alana_R_Davis) May 28, 2017
monaco is always such a brilliant race every god damn year god i love car's #MonacoGP
— lexi (@tapiocabitch) May 28, 2017
— World HeavyweightPod (@TheWHPC) May 28, 2017
— Nikhil Nair (@NNNair) May 28, 2017
— James Austin (@jamesaustin50) May 28, 2017
— Leoma Dyke (@LeomaDyke) May 28, 2017
— Stuart Howarth (@SHowarthPhoto) May 28, 2017
— Alan Cohen (@alancohen1975) May 28, 2017
— ali asad (@AliAsad1110) May 28, 2017
The #MonacoGP is so boring. Used to have some allure but now its just a 2 hour parade
— RYΔN N!LE (@RyanNile) May 28, 2017
— Robin King (@Dobbinking) May 28, 2017
F1 has outgrown Monaco these last few years, imo. Time to consign it to classic cars only.
— Tom Phillips (@TomSprints) May 28, 2017
#MonacoGP whats the point of racing on a circuit where overtaking is so rare. yawn yawn yawn f1 so boring
— andrew davies (@andrewlynn444) May 28, 2017
That was the most boring F1 race ever #F1
— Gary Leach (@gartleach) May 28, 2017
#MonacoGP should be removed from Calendar. A complete procession. Nb. to self never watch again.
— Steven Dunsmore (@Steven_Dunsmore) May 28, 2017
— frank (@onfordarken) May 28, 2017
— Nic64 (@NGBenj) May 28, 2017
Sebastian wins…but what a boring grand prix right?
— The F1 Debate Show (@f1_ds16) May 28, 2017
Honestly, I think you'd see more variety, action and overtaking standing on a bridge over a motorway than watching an #F1 Grand Prix.
— Philip Fennell (@philipfennell) May 28, 2017
Ferrari are spoiling f1
— Chris Cameron (@Cameron5Chris) May 28, 2017
What a load of corrupt boring old tosh F1 is
— OldSparky (@OldSparky6) May 28, 2017
Monaco GP is a waste of time. If they want an exhibition 'race' then use that. F1 outgrew the street circuit along time ago.
— Mike (@I_am_mike75) May 28, 2017
For me the Monaco grand prix needs to be axed from the f1 calender. A whole race with 0 overtakes on track. #boring#gottogo @SkySportsF1
— connah ratcliffe (@connah90) May 28, 2017
Love #F1 but Monaco was dull today. Apart from Button trying to thread needle and Ferrari politics, more excitement driving to supermarket.
— David Helliwell (@Dave_Helliwell) May 28, 2017
— Pete McIntosh (@PeteMcIntosh) May 28, 2017
Monaco F1 was pretty awesome
— Aziz (@Homerisfat) May 28, 2017
— Sam Hardy (@SamboHardy) May 28, 2017
— mark africa (@africa_mark76) May 28, 2017
And also the f1 was extremely boring, just have to leave that comment here…
— boringcarguy (@boringcarguy) May 28, 2017
— Amy Cope (@AmyCope2) May 28, 2017
— Darren Bovill (@BovDaz) May 28, 2017
Man, that #F1 was dull 🙁
— Paulceptor (@TF_PFoz) May 28, 2017
— Tom corr (@Tomdameek) May 28, 2017
Drive round for 35 laps, pit, drive round behind safety car, drive car to flag. That was without doubt the most boring f1 race ive ever seen
— James B (@J8mes_b) May 28, 2017
— John Robinson (@Jr_SVB) May 28, 2017
I only watched up until halfway through the #MonacoGP and there had been no passes on track. Should this race even be on the calendar?
— Jay's Eye View (@JaysEyeView) May 28, 2017
Don't know what to think of that race. Bit meh, wish there was more racing instead of conserving tyres. #MonacoGP
— Connor 🐲 (@connorm_edge) May 28, 2017
— murtala (@coolmurray) May 28, 2017
No wonder F1 drivers around Monaco just follow each other the whole race. If they do try 2 overtake there's a crash. Waste of time & boring!
— Nick Malligan. (@NicholasMallig1) May 28, 2017
— Geoff Meston (@MrMeston) May 28, 2017
— Elizabeth Shepley (@ElizabethLouisa) May 28, 2017
— Gary Loader (@gloader3) May 28, 2017
— Olga K (@OlgaKorts) May 28, 2017
F1 have to do something proactive about the snoozeathon that is #MonacoGP. Not good that action dependent only on pit stops or safety cars.
— Cordelia Sutton (@LutonLady) May 28, 2017
— Mantazzo (@mantazzo) May 28, 2017
Meh I'm flipping. F1 is out of my life…
— Alex Pozo Pérez (@AlexPzPrez_) May 28, 2017
— Peter Hill (@kebladas81) May 28, 2017
#MonacoGP worst. track. ever. How are you supposed to overtake in this corner laden narrow track?
— Kamba Sensei (@kuchiki254) May 28, 2017
— Leigh Morrison (@MorrisonLeigh) May 28, 2017
Monaco Grand Prix is only fun to watch when there are crashes and delays on the track #MonacoGP
— Kat (@NicoAben) May 28, 2017
2017 Rate the Race Results
|2017 Australian Grand Prix||6.408|
|2017 Chinese Grand Prix||7.534|
|2017 Bahrain Grand Prix||7.957|
|2017 Russian Grand Prix||4.900|
|2017 Spanish Grand Prix||7.869|
|2017 Monaco Grand Prix||4.936|
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