Top 3 Highlights From The 2023 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix
It’s Monaco baby! While there is a lot of debate over whether Formula 1 should even be racing at this location on a yearly basis, there is really no denying that this is one of the most iconic race tracks on the entire Formula 1 grand prix. No seriously, the tunnel, how much more iconic can you get? That being said, let’s go over my top 3 highlights from this years race!
Finally Formula 1 Directs The Broadcast
For as long as I have been a fan of Formula 1, the Monaco Grand Prix was hosted by local TV broadcast directors. While this sounds all good and dandy to some, especially those that believe there should be a “local touch” on the broadcast, this left a bad taste for many who viewed on TV/internet. Finally, in 2023, the broadcast and directing of the live grand prix coverage is officially being produced in-house by F1. This not only ensures that the commentators can influence the direction of the footage but they also will very simply had better production value overall. This was a much needed change in the world of Formula 1 and I hope it remains this way for the foreseeable future.
Mercedes W14 Gains Some SidePods
It’s a shame to see that Mercedes gave up on their Zero Sidepod design but clearly they no longer saw any more additional performance from that design concept. Now they instead opted to follow the mainstream concept and fundamentally move towards what Redbull has been doing since 2022. Using traditional sidepods to create a downwash effect towards the rear end of the car and mix in some tunneling that started with Ferrari and has taken a unique approach via Aston Martin. While the Mercedes still looks a little more unique compared to other cars thanks to their little wings still protruding out of the chassis, it’s a shame that the zero sidepod design didn’t work becaue that would have fundamentally been really cool to see become the main design of teams.
So this one was most certainly out of left field for me. While I knew that Alpine had a decent car underneathe them I never really expected Ocon or Gasly to fight their way all the way to a podium position. Basically what I’m saying is, I don’t know how Esteban got…