I'm really glad to hear I wasn't the only one who enjoyed and loved the Monaco GP. Every year, it's a highlight for me and even if I can respect that some might find the procession the races usually result in boring, I really appreciate the fact that it offers a 'different experience', a race pretty unique with very different challenges.
If every track offered easy passing opportunities, we'd always end up with pretty much the same result. At Monaco we did too, but some of its uniqueness ensured a slightly different result; for one, we had Ferrari mess up Q1 with Leclerc starting from 15th, we had RedBull beat Mercedes in the pits that led to the pit incident and Bottas losing a position. There was also a lot going on further down the grid strategically; Pit during the safety car or not. Some that did, fell into traffic while others profited.
Ferrari could have played a significant role too, had they not messed up in Q1. If both Ferraris had been in the top 5, they could have had a few interesting strategic options to play; For one - stay out and not pit and then use one car to artificially slow down the pack while the one in front could have gotten a free pit stop out of it. Similarly, Mercedes could have left Bottas out and use Hamilton to control the traffic to protect their 1-2. Stuff like this is only possible at Monaco, really. In the end, I appreciate the event for what it is; a race where 90% of the work is done on Saturday and the race itself sometimes offers unique circumstances that can mess with the order.
From a drivers point of view, I also think it takes immense concentration to bring home a result without making a mistake. There are some replays of various drivers (Grosjean and Hamilton included) touching the barriers. A bit more here or there could have instantly resulted in a DNF.
Not for nothing, Rosberg's Championship is the only thing that lends credibility to Hamilton's recent success. Otherwise, he'd just be the guy who's had the best car. — bhall II