Yesterday’s Monaco Grand Prix was the most entertaining in years, as changing conditions brought about varying strategies that resulted in several overtakes (yes, really, in Monaco…) and the top four finishers separated by mere seconds.
It was a saving grace for Formula 1, which tried its best to shoot itself in the foot once again by delaying the start of the race when the heavens opened as the cars prepared to depart.
Frustration was widespread both at the circuit and on social media but, as ever, Sky F1 commentator Martin Brundle was bang on the money, shrewdly noting: “It’s a dangerous business. That’s why we’re all tuned in.”
Thankfully, the race did eventually get under way, saving F1 a repeat of the controversial situation that it inflicted upon itself in Belgium last year. Even so, the organisers have been left with a lengthy to-do list around their procedures for weather and for delays in general.
To the disappointment of the fans, the start was a rolling one, but the lack of drama at turn one was more than made up for later on.
Pole-sitter Charles Leclerc led the pack away around the drying, tight and twisting streets of the principality, followed by Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz and the Red Bull Racing duo of Sergio Pérez and Max Verstappen.
The Monégasque driver was desperate for a first finish at home, but he didn’t allow this desire to get the better of him as he drove in a calculated fashion to pull out a strong lead.
The initial excitement came from the midfield, as AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly pulled off some smart overtakes by dint of having swapped from wet to intermediate tyres at the start.