The Monaco Grand Prix has long been regarded more as an event than a real race, with the tight and twisty streets of the principality on the Cote d'Azur offering precious little overtaking opportunities. This year, things might be a little different, with the DRS and, more significantly, Pirelli's high-degradation tyres having teams and drivers making all sorts of wild predictions about the kind of race we will see on Sunday afternoon.
If there's one thing that this season has taught is, it is that anticipating how the tyres will behave heading into a weekend is a recipe for disaster. Pirelli has allocated the soft and hitherto unraced super soft rubber for this weekend. Opinion is divided as to how long the super softs will go during a stint, with some predicting that the fastest qualifiers will either be heading to the pits, or creating a rolling roadblock, within a few laps of the start.
This poses another question - will the difference in performance and degradation make overtaking possible? The answer is, most likely, yes. While this race will never be an overtaking-fest, it's possible that a car on good tyres can pull off a move on someone struggling with degraded rubber, particularly in the hard braking area into the chicane.
However, they won't have the benefit of the DRS to help them there. In the race, the DRS activation zone has been placed on the start/finish straight, and although it is possible to imagine an overtaking move into Ste Devote, it's not exactly probable, so expect, at most, only the odd one and possibly none at all.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.