Torquing Point: The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix

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Given that there was next to no on-track action at the Monaco Grand Prix, there’s a remarkable amount of stuff from it that needs discussing. 

For instance, Max Verstappen is suddenly now leading the Drivers’ Championship for the first time ever, while Red Bull are ahead of Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship. How did that happen?

Finley and Henry start off by looking at just that, paying tribute to two excellent drives from Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, wondering why the real Lewis Hamilton never showed up and paying sympathies to poor old Valtteri Bottas.

For the first time this year though, Red Bull and Mercedes aren’t the only teams to discuss when looking at the fight for the win, with Ferrari also looking excellent in Monte Carlo. Just how good is that car? And the same question has to be asked of the man who drove it home in P2, Carlos Sainz. What a season he’s having.

So too his former team-mate and buddy Lando Norris, who claimed his second podium of the year and consolidated P3 in the standings. While he thrives though, his team-mate flounders, with Daniel Ricciardo looking a shadow of the man who won at the very same track. Should we start to be concerned about his form?

Another driver to previously win the race for Red Bull was much better, with Sebastian Vettel putting in his best performance in a long time. Whisper it quietly, but he may still have it…

After applauding his efforts, the PF1 team then take a look at the young guns who are getting the better of their title-winning team-mates and assess how the three rookies handled one of the sport’s biggest challenges before discussing whether that challenge should remain on the calendar given the somewhat dull affair it’s been in recent times.

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