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The rain in Monaco may have resulted in a host of delays, suspensions and two flying starts, but it also helped bring much-needed excitement to one of the most stale races on the calendar. Formula 1.

Sergio Perez won after wet weather upended the team’s tire strategies, opening up opportunities at a circuit infamous for its lack of overtaking opportunities.

A stop-start race meant that instead of the usual 77-lap limit, the race was called at the end of the three-hour limit, and it was a thriller until the finish.

Perez, Carlos Sainz, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc rode bumper to bumper for the final five minutes, but the Mexican held on despite aging tires and heavy pressure from the Ferrari driver.

Leclerc, who was on pole, was furious as Ferrari’s confusion over his approach to the pit stop cost the Monegasque victory in his hometown. “No words, no words,” Leclerc said on the radio afterwards. “The season is long but we can’t do that, we can’t do that.”

Pierre Gasly, who had been quick in practice but struggled in qualifying, took advantage of being one of the first to move on to intermediate to finish 12th.

fading star

The noise around whether or not the Grand Prix, which has existed since 1929, should remain on the calendar has become louder of late.

Perhaps the sport’s most famous street circuit, Monaco’s tight spaces and twisty corners leave little room for error or overtaking. The drivers love it, but the real race here is qualifying, as Lewis Hamilton admitted ahead of this season’s race.

“It’s all about qualifying. So Saturday is the day. On Sunday, unless you’re lucky with a bit of strategy, there’s not a lot of overtaking here. Now the cars are bigger and heavier, and there probably won’t be any more.” “

Mick Schumacher suffered a serious accident but got away with it

Monaco’s contract with F1 is up this year, and although it is supposed to be renewed, the need for change remains. Small cars would be a start, although given current F1 car powertrains that seems unlikely. Mick Schumacher suffered a serious accident after misjudging the width of his car.

Changing the circuit would open up strategic decisions and potentially increase the chances of overtaking.

Even the glitz and glamor of the Monaco GP has faded in recent years as other races on the calendar have grown in popularity – see Bahrain, Abu Dhabi or one of the races in the United States.

“It’s part of F1, the glamor and even though it’s more chaotic here than anywhere else, Monaco is a highlight,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said ahead of the race.

The 2022 edition has proven to be one, but F1 can’t always rely on the weather to deliver excitement.