Formula 1 drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez believe that the Monaco Grand Prix should not be removed from the calendar, but suggest that improvements could be made, such as narrowing the cars and possibly altering the track configuration to allow for more overtaking opportunities.
‣ The Monaco Grand Prix is often criticized for its lack of overtaking opportunities, with some suggesting that the race outcome is largely determined by qualifying results.
‣ Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, however, do not believe the race should be removed from the Formula 1 calendar, but suggest improvements could be made.
‣ Both drivers identify the width of the cars as a problem in Monaco, expressing hope that new regulations will lead to narrower vehicles.
‣ In the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix, three-time world champion won the race, with Esteban Ocon securing a third-place finish and Perez finishing 16th.
The Monaco Grand Prix. It’s a hot topic in the Formula 1 world. Critics argue that it’s a yawn-fest, with overtaking being as rare as a blue moon.
Some even jest that the race’s outcome is pretty much sealed on Saturday itself, thanks to the qualifying results. Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, two big names in the sport, have their own two cents to add to this debate.
So, does Verstappen think the Monaco Grand Prix should be axed from the calendar? “No, I don’t think so,” he said during a Red Bull Racing broadcast. But he isn’t blind to the issues. “I do think that we can look at maybe some things to improve. So we can race a little bit or at least have a kind of a passing opportunity somewhere,” he added.
Perez and Verstappen see problems with cars in Monaco. Perez chimed in, “The problem is also the cars.” Verstappen nodded along, adding, “The cars are too wide, so hopefully with the new regulations they’ll become a bit more narrow. It will still be tough, so maybe we need to look at out of the tunnel to maybe have a different configuration or something.”
Flash forward to 2023. The Grand Prix was won by a now three-time world champion. And guess who was on the podium with a third-place finish? Esteban Ocon. As for Perez, he finished 16th in the Grand Prix.