CAN anyone remember the last truly exciting Monaco Grand Prix? No, me neither.

Those with slightly longer memories will have little trouble conjuring up some of the classics to have taken place at the Principality. The infamous 1996 Monaco Grand Prix which saw just three cars cross the finish line as wet weather wreaked havoc lives long in the memory.

As does Ayrton Senna's mesmeric pole-position lap for the 1988 race and Jarno Trulli's first and last grand prix win as he soaked up the pressure from Jenson Button to take an unlikely victory for Renault in 2004.

But a look at recent seasons and you'd be hard pushed to pick out any memorable Monaco races. Daniel Ricciardo's botched pit stop in 2016 and his redemption victory last year, having to drive 50 laps while managing an MGU-K failure, are the pick of a very slim pile.

But both of these races can't disguise the fact that despite individual moments of high drama the races as a whole have been pretty dull.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise as the narrow nature of this street circuit has meant overtaking has always come at a premium. The result is the actual racing often takes a backseat to the glitz and glamour of the harbour-side surroundings, frequented by the rich and famous perched upon their super yachts.

After the droll race last year there was even talk of making the race a compulsory two stopper in a bid to increase excitement for fans - and no doubt for the drivers too.

While the idea failed to gather momentum it did highlight the fact that the FIA knows there is something inherently wrong with the Monaco Grand Prix and that something needs to be done.

No doubt the idea will resurface again on Sunday as bar any wet weather, we can expect the pole sitter to storm to victory as the other 19 cars fall in line in one of the worlds most expensive driving parades.

Monaco is often heralded as the jewel in the F1 crown but if recent seasons are to go by it has become more of a dusty relic confined to the attic.

The problem is that while Monaco has stayed stagnant other street circuits have arisen in recent years to steal its crown. Both Singapore and Azerbaijan have served up superior racing since they were adopted into the F1 calendar with Baku particular becoming a firm fan favourite.

Street circuits are inherently more difficult to overtake at then say a Silverstone or Suzuka but that shouldn't be used as an excuse. A quick look over to Formula E, which races exclusively on street circuits in some of the worlds most iconic locations, demonstrates they can offer the overtaking and drama fans crave.

The fact is these wider F1 cars with huge amounts of downforce have outgrown the Monaco streets. Although regulations to allow cars to follow each more closely this year might improve the show, it will be redundant on a circuit which offers few overtaking opportunities.

As it stands, by the end of 'Super Saturday' we will more than likely know our race winner. For any sport this level of predictability is a poor show, especially one which is currently plagued by a vast gulf in the competitive levels of its teams.

In a season which has thrown up very little surprise so far, don't pin your hopes on Monaco bucking the trend. As it continues to race on with its entitled sense of nostalgia, the powers behind the sport must take action to ensure Monaco is fit for purpose in the modern F1 era and serves up a race worth watching once more.

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