F1 » Heidfeld: Even after all this time, Monaco is still special

He is a man who has already made ten F1 starts in the glamorous Principality and scored in four of them, but Lotus Renault GP star Nick Heidfeld insists the Monaco Grand Prix will always be 'unique'

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May 24, 2011 5:02 PM

Yes Monaco is very important for F1, glamour/ wealth/ character/ history, but as per Formula one racing per se it shouldn't count for the drivers and constructors championships as it is a joke racing a formula one car on that type of circuit.
I remember a time when there was many a better track which cars raced on during a season which didn't count for the championship.


May 24, 2011 6:45 PM

The real competition is on saturday, there have been quite a few occasions where one of the underedogs have manage to throw a spanner in the works of the expected running order, may not happen this year, and the skill of being able to defend on shot tyres is not going to save anyone due to kers and drs

Mark _

May 24, 2011 8:52 PM

@Pitstop - Alright I am calling you on that one. I have played several different F1 games on the PS and there is no way that Monaco is the only race that you are winning. If you can win that one you can win most others. It is typically the most difficult, unless you have the damage turned off and are using the barriers to keep you on the track.

pitstop - Unregistered

May 24, 2011 9:14 PM

Mark,spot on i do have the damage turned off and the reason i can win it is it the only track i know every single part of because it is so distinctive,out of all the games i tend to find Formula One 06 on PS2 the easiest these new games on the PS3 are just too hard.


May 24, 2011 9:29 PM

ahhhh, come on! playstation?? that is for kids!

monaco is pointless as a f1 race, but it is important for the spectacle. where else can f1 be seen running around the streets with the sound of the engines echoing off the buildings.. pau was another such f1 circuit but is no longer used for f1. watch the historic f1 races there, being shown on motors tv ! whatever the result will be at monaco, it has little to do with the overall wdc, as there isoften a freak result. the main problem will be finding a gap when coming out from a pitstop. come out behind a slow car, and you are bunched!

Mark _

May 24, 2011 10:15 PM

@richard - I have not found many kids that appreciate racing games. While I understand how some people hate video games I also know that it is the closest I will ever get to racing on any of these tracks. The graphics and physics have gotten very believable in the these games. The modern PS3 is really not that much different than the simulators that the teams are using, aside from the controls. Even J. Villenueve used a PS to help learn the tracks as a rookie. For a racing fan is does a good job of giving one some perspective of what it would be like. It is much better than any incar footage that I have seen on TV.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

May 24, 2011 10:23 PM

Personally, I never get tired of seeing F1 cars (and others) slalom between rails in the Monaco harbour.

I also like the fact that it is a very different challenge to what usual F1 tracks propose even if we tend to see less surprises nowadays. For the same reason, I really miss the old Hockenheim.

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