The seven reasons why Monaco 2021 wasn’t a better F1 race
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The seven reasons why Monaco 2021 wasn’t a better F1 race

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As several opportunities to enliven the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix failed to materialise, Max Verstappen took full advantage and romped to a comfortable victory. Now atop of the Formula 1 drivers' standings, the Red Bull driver will be one of few glad of the woes that robbed him of meaningful competition

The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix was a unique event in the race's storied history. But this was down to the restrictions the COVID-19 pandemic imposed, meaning it was more subdued compared to its regular pomp than anything wildly unusual happening in the race's 78 laps.

But there was nevertheless still something of a celebratory atmosphere the night ahead of the grand prix. Hometown hero Charles Leclerc had claimed pole in bizarre circumstances given his late Q3 crash, which prevented others improving. That led to Monegasque flag-bearing yachts and cars blaring their appreciation as dusk rolled in.

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