The Formula One Championship heads to Monaco for round six in what could be a fascinating race weekend. The track boasts 37 unique winners during the Formula One Era. So could we see a new winner or someone different take the coveted top step of the podium? Here is the team-by-team preview in order of Championship Standing.
Redbull – Max Verstappen And Sergio Perez
There has never been a team that has looked so dominant as Redbull has this season. Thanks to the genius mind of Adrian Newey, the Milton Keynes outfit has designed a car that is untouchable on the straights. However, Monaco only has one DRS zone with a very short breaking distance, so we could finally see a weakness.
Although they are running away with the championship, all the focus is on if the team will allow their two drivers to fight it out. There is no doubt that Perez is the superior street driver, and this is a circuit that suits him more than others. Verstappen, however, could be content with consolidating the weekend, knowing that bigger points can come elsewhere.
Aston Martin – Fernando Alonso And Lance Stroll
The Aston Martin team has surprised many this season. They have produced a car that, in any other season, could challenge for top honors and will look to continue building on a solid start. Monaco may be the perfect storm for them, with the rain being the decisive factor.
Stroll is proving to be more than a paid driver, displaying a talent for racing and keeping other midfield drivers from reaching the points positions. However, Fernando Alonso is in a career renascence, and with the predicted rain coinciding with the Qualifying Session, he may start the race in P1 and go on to win the race the next day.
Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton and George Russell
This may not be as bad a season as Toto Wolf and the Mercedes Team will have you believe. While the car may not be as quick as they would like, they have been consistently in the points each weekend with on podium finish for Hamilton in Australia. With upgrades spotted in the Monaco pitlane, expect a vast improvement from both drivers.
Ferrari – Charles Leclerc And Carlos Sainz
Ferrari has been plagued with issues this season and, yet again, has produced a car that is quick on over one lap but unable to challenge at race distance. With a race winner traditionally decided by whoever tops qualifying, expect one lap expect hometown hero Charles Leclerc to be the Pole Sitter. On the other hand, Sainz will continue his good Monaco form finishing inside the points yet again.
Mclaren – Lando Norris And Oscar Piastri
It is safe to say this season has not been up to the standards set by CEO Zach Brown, however in a recent interview with Tom Clark on the F1 Nation Podcast; Brown said that he said while they have been very disappointed with the car so far, they are finding the answers. All the data points to a decent Monaco showing, yet their focus has already turned to the 2024 season.
Alpine – Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon
The French Team will be looking for a good showing in front of what would be considered their home race this season. Pressure is increasing on Team Principle Otmar Szafnauer to produce results and improve on the 14 points collected so far. However, the driver’s rivalry has cost them points already this season, and with other cars in the midfield more suited to the Monaco circuit, they will struggle for points.
Haas – Kevin Magnussen And Nico Hulkenburg
The famous American Team is having a good season so far – mainly due to the form of Nikko Hulkenberg. They have looked quick in stages and look like they will compete if the conditions are right. As the car is effectively Ferrari parts, it will suit the corners better than most and could be in for a profitable finish in the top 10.
Alpha Romeo – Valtteri Bottas And Zhou Guanyu
The Italians are struggling to find any consistency this season. They have contributed to some good midfield battles but have primarily been anonymous. Coming to Monaco will produce more of the same. They will be among the back markers on a frustrating weekend.
Alpha Tauri – Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck De Fries
Reports of in-team fighting will not be welcome as the Redbull second team arrive in Monaco. The accusations made by Team Principal Franz Tost will surely disrupt preparations. Another team to have a mediocre season so far and will again disappear into the back of the grid.
Williams – Alex Albon and Logan Sargent
While they may be bottom of the grid, the Williams hasn’t looked bad. Albon has been able to compete for the top 10 places, while Sargent still tries to adapt to the new sport and Monaco Track in his rookie year. So there may be a chance one or both of the Williams drivers sneak into the top 10.
Monaco Track Walk
With this being one of the oldest races on the Formula One calendar, having hosted 50 races, this street circuit will be familiar to all the teams. The 78-lap race will cover almost 162 miles taking in famous race corners such as the Saint Dévote Curve and the Virage Fairmont Hairpin. Rain is often the deciding factor over the event culminating in some surprise winners like Oliver Panis in 1996.
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