It's fair to say that it hasn't been the most entertaining season of Formula 1 so far in 2019. With five rounds gone, only one (Bahrain) has been a thriller, with the other four a chore to watch for even the most loyal fans of the sport. The F1 circus has arrived in Monaco for the sixth race of the season this weekend, something that won't fill all motorsport fans with much optimism. The Monaco GP has produced some incredible action, something that some viewers seem to forget when criticizing one of the oldest circuits still being raced on the calendar. The negatives of racing here are pretty obvious, but I believe that there are many more positives to doing so and here's why the Monaco Grand Prix is a special Formula 1 race.
#3 It's the Ultimate Challenge
A common gripe of the Monaco GP's critics is that it's incredibly difficult to overtake, even compared to circuits such as Albert Park and the Circuit de Catalunya, both of which receive similar criticisms. This is undeniable, there aren't any true straights and the areas where you can go flat out are very short. With the way the current cars are designed, though, this is a problem at most of the tracks which F1 visits. Furthermore, the tight and twisty nature of the Circuit de Monaco is what makes it really stand out, in my eyes. Watching Daniel Ricciardo's pole lap from last year is sure to thrill even the most ardent anti-Monaco F1 fans.
Martin Brundle has said that if you were to propose an identical or similar track to Monaco as a new race on the calendar, it almost certainly wouldn't be accepted. That's not due to the quality of the layout - far from it - but because how little run-off there is, if something goes wrong. The Monaco GP is a throwback to a bygone era of Grand Prix racing, where aristocrats tore through the Mediterranean city's streets on their Sundays off. The very best have ended their races early in the wall in Monaco, including Ayrton Senna while leading by 40 seconds in 1988, Nigel Mansell while ahead in 1984, Max Verstappen on numerous occasions and Michael Schumacher behind the Safety Car in 2004.