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Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix 2024

The damning statistic that shows Monaco is in desperate need of change

The Monaco Grand Prix was labelled as boring by some after the chequered flag with few overtakes occurring around the narrow but challenging circuit.

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Charles Leclerc's race win at the Monaco Grand Prix was a feel-good story as the local favourite finally prevailed on home soil.

The Ferrari driver led from start to finish, coming out on top as he fended off the threat from rivals behind during two standing starts that occurred.

A red flag deployed shortly after the first start allowed all drivers to make their mandatory pit stops while waiting for the race to resume.

As a result, when the race recommenced, no driver was obliged to pit. 

Inside the top 10, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton did box for fresh tyres - but did so with the knowledge they would not be overtaken by any following cars.

With few opportunities to overtake around the track, the top 10 order after qualifying remained unchanged for the final race result.

It marked the first time that such an occurrence has happened in F1 - highlighting the difficult nature of overtaking potential around Monaco.

Throughout the weekend in Monaco, several drivers have been calling for changes to the event going forward.

While qualifying remains one of the most exciting sessions of the year due to the high risk that is presented to the drivers, the race has often been a procession.

Reigning world champion Verstappen was among those who voiced desire for alterations to the track layout to be made to accommodate overtaking opportunities.

F1 cars have become both wider and longer in recent years, making it much more difficult to overtake rival challengers during the race.

While the red flag interruption put a damper on strategic opportunities to make gains through the pit stop phase, Monaco's biggest downfall was still highlighted on Sunday through the processional 78 laps as a close tussle between opposing teams was denied by the narrow walls.

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