The Monte Carlo Grand Prix is one of the most iconic, glamourous and historic circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, but despite this, some fans have criticized the race weekend for its lack of action on track over the years.
The street circuit of Monaco makes it really difficult for drivers to overtake, as cars are now even wider and everything is played on Saturday: qualifying is absolutely critical as you don't normally gain positions barring some luck, and tyre strategies have a big role in the final standing.
The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix was no exception, as all drivers, except for Lewis Hamilton [because he went for the fastest lap], opted for a one pit-stop strategy. Most of the overtakes were played in the pit-lane.
Alpine's Fernando Alonso started his race in seventeenth, but ended up in 13th: he recovered two places thanks to Leclerc and Bottas' DNF, and he also overtook two cars in the opening lap. He spent his first stint wearing medium, which lasted 45 laps, and then switched to soft for the remaining 32 laps.
C3, C4 and C5 were the Pirelli compounds available in Monaco, the softest of the range. Monaco's street circuit is a low speed circuit, meaning the tyres do not wear out quickly, leading all teams to opt for a one stop- strategy.
This is why the two-time world champion suggested Pirelli might develop a specific compound for circuits like Monaco: a very aggressive tyre, for that might spice up things at venues where it's almost impossible to overtake.
"Probably there is something that the sport needs to study deeper," Alonso said, according to RacingNews365.com.
"For these historic circuits, maybe have a very specific tyre that is not available in any other circuit, you just have for these kinds of street, and then, maybe in the race, make sure that everyone is using that tyre only."
"You don't have the possibility to put the hard tyres on at any time or something like that," he said.
"So you are only running with soft. So yeah, maybe special rules for special races are needed."