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GP Week : Issue 47
Where the streets have no fans > F1MONACO > MONACO is, by tradition, Formula 1’s most glamorous race. The sight of an F1 car gunning it around the narrow streets of the Principality has for many years encapsulated the very essence of the sport to devotees and one-off fans alike. It’s the Superbowl of motorsport, if you like; the one race that people will tune in to watch even if they’re not that big a fan of the sport. To many, Monaco is Formula 1. With the future of the sport in flux, and its financial prowess under serious strain, it was therefore perhaps unsurprising to see this state of affairs mirrored by the championship’s blue ribbon event. Grandstand seats went unsold; hotel rooms and apartments that are usually oversubscribed and overpriced went spare. Hell, I booked my room on the Tuesday before the race. The exclusive F1 Paddock Club remained half full. It’s tough for company executives to quaff champagne while they’re cutting staff. Even the F1 teams themselves cut back. Red Bull’s traditional welcome party on the Thursday night, which usually takes over the entire ‘energy station’motorhome, was softened down to a media-only affair on a smaller extremity of the great floating palace. For those who had to drive, there was little or no traffic to complain about. Even the town’s bars seemed quiet. And the harbour, which is usually packed out by some of the world’s most luxurious yachts felt strangely empty. With harbour space over the grand prix weekend usually booked up years in advance and at an unbelievable premium, the Monaco Harbour Master was reportedly doing WiLL BUxtON GPWeek Editor last minute deals to fill the ports over the weekend. It was a little bit weird. And it’s a huge shame. If there is one place that is sure to make you forget about the politics, it is Monaco. Standing in the tunnel, watching F1 cars fly through the Swimming Pool chicane … there’s nowhere else on earth where you get that close to the cars going that fast and looking so beautiful and yet menacing. This is why F1 needs to sort itself out. It’s not just the credit crunch that is keeping the fans away, it’s the political mess that the sport keeps on throwing itself into. If F1 needed a wake-up call, the Monaco Grand Prix was it. One hopes the powers that be heed the warning its biggest race has served to them. Because if you can’t sell out Monaco, you’re doing something very wrong indeed. Pos # Driver FORMULA 1 Round 6 MONACO Team 1 22 Jenson Button 2 23 Rubens Barrichello 3 4 4 3 Kimi Räikkönen Felipe Massa 5 14 Mark Webber 6 16 Nico Rosberg 7 7 Fernando Alonso Brawn-Mercedes Brawn-Mercedes Ferrari Ferrari RBR-Renault Williams-Toyota Renault 8 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari Toyota BMW Sauber Laps 78 78 78 78 78 78 78 78 9 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 78 10 10 Timo Glock 11 6 Nick Heidfeld 12 1 13 9 77 77 Lewis Hamilton Jarno Trulli 14 20 Adrian Sutil McLaren-Mercedes 77 Toyota 77 15 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota Ret 2 Ret 5 Ret 15 Sebastian Vettel Ret 8 Nelson Piquet Ret 12 Sebastien Buemi BMW Sauber RBR-Renault Renault STR-Ferrari Force India-Mercedes 77 76 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 51 Robert Kubica 28 15 10 10 Time 1:40:44.282 +7.6s +13.4s +15.1s +15.7s +33.5s +37.8s +63.1s +65.0s +1 Lap +1 Lap +1 Lap +1 Lap +1 Lap +2 Laps Accident Brakes Accident Accident Accident Grid 1 3 2 5 8 6 9 14 13 19 16 20 18 15 10 7 17 4 12 11 Points – Drivers: Button 51, Barrichello 35, Vettel 23, Webber 19.5, Trulli 14.5, Glock 12, Alonso 11, Hamilton 9, Raikkonen 9, Massa 8. Manufacturers: Brawn 86, Red Bull 42.5, Toyota 26.5, Ferrari 17, McLaren 13, Renault 11, Williams-Toyota 7.5, BMW Sauber 6, Toro Rosso 5. 31 opinion