F1 Monaco Grand Prix Preview
The glitz and glamour of Monaco welcome the Formula 1 drivers, as they descend upon the principality for round six of the World Championship
The glitz and glamour of Monaco welcome the Formula 1 drivers, as they descend upon the principality for round six of the World Championship.
With Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso both leading the Championship, will there be another different driver on the top step this season?
With racing on the 3.340 km circuit since 1929, no driver has been more successful than the late Ayrton Senna, taking a monumental six wins. Graham Hill and Michael Schumacher have won five times and the latter will be looking to add to that tally and equal the Brazilian. But with a five-place grid penalty last time out in Spain, he will have to hope for a miracle due to the lack of overtaking.
McLaren have had a huge amount of success at the street circuit and have won an incredible fifteen times, the first back in 1984. With the last win in 2008, the British pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will be looking to getting their campaigns back on track and take another victory for the constructor.
Red Bull have won it the past two years, Mark Webber in 2010 and Vettel last year, but a man on a mission is the Lotus Renault driver, Kimi Raikkonen. Holding the fastest lap record from qualifying in 2006 with a 1m 13.532, the ‘iceman’ will look to stay ahead of his team-mate, Frenchman Romain Grosjean and take the top step on Sunday afternoon.
With practice always on a Thursday, unusually rain has played a factor in the proceedings. And with what looks like a forecast of more this weekend, the drivers have had minimal dry running. Jenson Button set a lap time of 1m 15.746 just before the showers appeared and edged out Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. With qualifying on Saturday, no doubt the grid will spring a few surprises.
The Monaco GP can be quite unpredictable and one lapse of judgement is all it takes to change the outcome of a race. Who will hold their nerve, avoid the barriers and savour a victory at the most glamorous race on the F1 calendar? With the results so far this season, it’s anybody’s guess.
|Sat 26 May 2012|
|Practice 3||10:00 - 11:00|
|Sun 27 May 2012|