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Coulthard slams “rubbish” Monaco Grand Prix

May 28, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

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David Coulthard waded into the argument over the nature of racing in F1 by branding Sunday’s race “rubbish”.

The two-time Monaco Grand Prix winner, who is now an F1 commentator for the BBC in the UK, said the race was “not Formula One the way I think it should be”.

“I said in commentary that it was rubbish, and I stand by that,” said Coulthard in a column after the race.

“Normally, I’m the first person to defend F1. It is the fastest motorsport, with the best cars and the best drivers. It is a sport that attracts elite people in all areas, whether it’s the media, the catering or anything else.

“But when you have drivers clearly racing way below the pace they are capable of, that’s not right.”

Criticism has been building over the extent to which drivers have to back off to conserve their tires. Coulthard said it had gone to “extreme” lengths in Monaco.

Sebastian Vettel, who finished second, said: “I was a bit surprised by the slow pace in the opening laps”.

“Usually you expect two silver arrows in front of you and there were two buses today going for a cruise – at least in the first couple of laps.”

His team mate Mark Webber said his race consisted of “just driving around, saving the tires and waiting for the checkered flag”.

  1. wallio - May 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    The only way to fix this is to bring back the tyre war. Period. Pirelli has no incentive to improve. Competition would be that incentive.

  2. janinwashingtonstate - May 28, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Don’t know yet if the race was rubbish–tho I usually trust DC. Between NBC & DirectTV, I haven’t been able to watch it yet!!! THAT’S RUBBISH

  3. Vortex Motio - May 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    First, we should note that DC is a recent (if not current) employee of Red Bull. And that RB is currently in a very loud, full court PR press to change the tires to harder tires.

    Second, this Monaco race was fairly typical, as it is a very narrow old course, so we don’t expect very much side by side action.

    Third, there was some good side by side action, thanks to the Force India and McLaren drivers. Kimi also in the last few laps passed a bunch of folks, though unfortunately the world TV feed failed to share that with us.

    Finally, note that DC in that BBC column spoke rather excitedly about other parts of the race in his column, after his “rubbish” comment.

    Conclusion, consciously or not, he is merely singing the RB song when he cries “rubbish”.

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