2018-05-29 08:11:32 UTC
So the diagnosis of Sunday was that the tyres were too fragile to permit flat out running for large proportions of the race.
But presumably also the lap time advantage of the hypers and ultras over the soft were so significant that it was better to tip toe around on fragile but fast tyres than it was to run at the limit on slower tyres, if I've understood things satisfactorily?
Bottas seemed to be able to run fast enough on the softs behind Kimi, so presumably any of the top drivers could have chosen to run on the softs with no penalty compared to the ultras?
What could be done to make it more interesting? Harder tyres so that even if they didn't degrade much we'd at least have them on the limit as drivers, and with the mandatory tyre change requirement they'd still have to stop.
Or what about a menu choice - 2 stops if using an ultra / hyper combination, 1 stop if using a medium / soft combination?
As Monaco is "different", why not have different rules for this one circuit to facilitate at least some potential for action, despite the lack of overtaking opportunities?
I know drivers like Hamilton complained that it was boring, but I watched in the same way that I always watch Monaco, hoping something interesting would happen but sufficiently satisfied that as its a one off race I'm prepared to sit through some boredom just in case.