Monaco Grand Prix Preview

Glitz and glamour is the first two words that come up when you think about the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo.  It’s where Hollywood and Formula 1 meets for a short weekend love affair in the south of France.  But we’re not here to talk about romance because there won’t be any of it in the streets when the lights go out on Sunday. 

The Mercedes team come into the weekend with a very healthy lead in the championship and could not have asked for a better position at this stage of the season.  They will go into the weekend as favourites, but the chasing pack will feel that they have a chance to turn the tables in Monaco.  Many believe that the famous street circuit in the harbour will neutralise the speed advantage of the Mercedes team.  With the narrow straights and tight corners enclosed by barriers all around the track, the circuit does not leave any room for error.  With not much space on the track for overtaking, strategy plays a bigger roll than speed and Ferrari and Red Bull will aim to gain the advantage in this area.

Nico Rosberg will be most confident I believe as he won the race in 2013 and the Mercedes team dominated the first practise session yesterday, but Ferrari came back to finish on top in the second session so it’s all to play for.  The qualifying session tomorrow will be crucial as track position early on can make or break the race for any driver. 

I will put myself out there and say that we’ll see a win for Alonso on Sunday, but this is Monaco and anything is possible. Weather forecasts says that Saturday will be clear but there is a chance of rain on Sunday which could make it a very interesting race. I can still remember the 1996-race when only 3 cars finished and Olivier Panis emerged as survivor rather than winner.  Just one mistake and it’s the end of your race so let’s see how it all turns out.  This is one of the most exciting races of the season so enjoy!

The current Drivers’ Championship standings: 

Pos

Driver

Nationality

Team

Points

1

Lewis Hamilton

British

Mercedes

100

2

Nico Rosberg

German

Mercedes

97

3

Fernando Alonso

Spanish

Ferrari

49

4

Sebastian Vettel

German

Red Bull Racing-Renault

45

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Australian

Red Bull Racing-Renault

39

6

Nico Hulkenberg

German

Force India-Mercedes

37

7

Valtteri Bottas

Finnish

Williams-Mercedes

34

8

Jenson Button

British

McLaren-Mercedes

23

9

Kevin Magnussen

Danish

McLaren-Mercedes

20

10

Sergio Perez

Mexican

Force India-Mercedes

20

11

Kimi Räikkönen

Finnish

Ferrari

17

12

Felipe Massa

Brazilian

Williams-Mercedes

12

13

Romain Grosjean

French

Lotus-Renault

4

14

Jean-Eric Vergne

French

STR-Renault

4

15

Daniil Kvyat

Russian

STR-Renault

4

16

Adrian Sutil

German

Sauber-Ferrari

0

17

Esteban Gutierrez

Mexican

Sauber-Ferrari

0

18

Max Chilton

British

Marussia-Ferrari

0

19

Kamui Kobayashi

Japanese

Caterham-Renault

0

20

Pastor Maldonado

Venezuelan

Lotus-Renault

0

21

Marcus Ericsson

Swedish

Caterham-Renault

0

22

Jules Bianchi

French

Marussia-Ferrari

0

 

Constructors’ Championship

 

Pos

Team

Points

1

Mercedes

197

2

Red Bull Racing-Renault

84

3

Ferrari

66

4

Force India-Mercedes

57

5

Williams-Mercedes

46

6

McLaren-Mercedes

43

7

STR-Renault

8

8

Lotus-Renault

4

9

Sauber-Ferrari

0

10

Marussia-Ferrari

0

11

Caterham-Renault

0