Monte Carlo is the place to be this weekend. Well, aside from the other 51 weekends of the year, of course. The Monaco Grand Prix will see some of the wealthiest people in the world come out in force as they witness one of sport’s most prestigious and spectacular events.
With the Principality of Monaco as a backdrop, the sun-kissed mountains and yacht-filled harbor which border the Mediterranean Sea, many have dubbed the Circuit de Monaco "an exceptional location of glamour and prestige.” It is by far the most popular and important race on the Grand Prix calendar.
The race is held on the narrow streets of Monte Carlo, and with its high-tempo chicane and tight twists and turns, drivers describe Monaco as the toughest and most demanding track on the calendar. Taking about six weeks to construct through the narrow streets of Monaco, it takes about three weeks to disassemble, or 250 races run back-to-back.
- The Monaco Grand Prix was first held back in 1929. It has been on the Formula One calendar uninterrupted since 1950.
- McLaren have scored the most victories at the Monaco race with fifteen wins. The second most successful team is Ferrari with nine.
- Drivers on average change gears 54 times per lap at Monaco.
- The Monaco circuit is the shortest Grand Prix track on the calendar at 3,340 kilometers. The race distance of 260,520 km is the shortest of the season and nowhere else does a race cover more laps (78).
- The great Ayrton Senna has won the race (6) more times than anyone. He dominated the race from 1987 to 1993. Michael Schumacher and Graham Hill have both won with five teams in Monte Carlo.
- Fernando Alonso is the only driver to have won the race in consecutive years for different constructors, winning for Renault in 2006 and McLaren in 2007.
- Current World Champion Lewis Hamilton has won this race once, in 2008. Having qualified on pole position last year, he finished third.
This Year’s Contenders
Coming off the back of a maiden F1™ victory in the Spanish Grand Prix, 18-year-old Max Verstappen will be high on confidence. The same can’t be said for Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian was left enraged by a pit wall in the Spanish GP that saw him ‘take one for the team’ in place of Verstappen and had to settle for a fourth-place finish. Having started this week’s practice off at a blistering pace, many see Ricciardo as a genuine threat to take the checkered flag. Of course, a lot depends on qualifying on Saturday, given the unique nature of this circuit. World champion Lewis Hamilton, winless in 2016, enters this race with a lot at stake. Already 43 points behind Rosberg in the drivers’ standings, a win this weekend would revive his challenge.
Prediction: Lewis Hamilton – experience is key around this track and the world champion cannot slip any further behind the championship lead.
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