Monaco snub dis­re­spects F1

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The cir­cus sur­round­ing Fer­nando Alonso skip­ping the Monaco GP in favour of the Indy 500 is a sad in­dict­ment of the state of af­fairs in which he, McLaren and Honda, now find them­selves. Nor is it good for the sport.

F1 is cycli­cal, in terms of who is on top; it al­ways has been and al­ways will be. A change in reg­u­la­tions al­lows for that cy­cle to be bro­ken and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to steal a march on the op­po­si­tion, but the whole McLaren-Honda F1 project was al­ways doomed to fail­ure, be­cause the de­ci­sion to en­ter part-way through the hy­brid era has left them play­ing con­stant catch up.

The de­ci­sion to go to Amer­ica does them lit­tle credit ei­ther. In the past, the ‘triple crown’ was high on the list of per­sonal am­bi­tions and prob­a­bly still is. But it takes some­thing away from the spec­ta­cle of F1, the pin­na­cle of mo­tor­sport, to not have one of its star driv­ers com­pet­ing at its blue riband event.

While there may be a like-for-like re­place­ment, I’m not sure that as pay­ing fans we should be happy to have driv­ers pick­ing and choos­ing what grands prix they wish to en­ter, es­pe­cially when I have par­tic­u­larly wanted to watch them.

Who ex­actly is call­ing the shots here? I know who it should be – and that is the team, not the driver. Michael Bri­er­ley Manch­ester, UK

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