Before delving into the review of the Grand Prix much further, I do want to add my respects to Max Mosley, former President of the FIA whose death was announced the day after the race at the age of 81. It was in his position as FIA president that he was instrumental in helping improve the safety of the sport following the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna in 1994 until he was succeeded by Jean Todt in 2009. It goes without saying that he leaves behind a huge legacy in F1
After a year out from the F1 calendar for the first time since 1954, the Monaco Grand Prix made a return to F1 this year for the fifth round and the question marks are still there as to how crucial could it be in the shakeup of the 2021 championship.
With the narrow streets of the Principality making overtaking very difficult indeed, pole position is often critical with the race being won from pole in 8 of the previous 12 visits and you would have to go back to 2008 for the last time the race was won by a driver not starting on the front row. The Safety car has also featured heavily in recent years with Bert Mylander being deployed in 9 of the previous 10. However, with no such Safety Car for also the first time in 2021, it was a largely processional race with only one genuine on track racing overtake. You would be forgiven for not realising it was also the quickest Monaco Grand Prix in history!