Monaco Grand Prix 2019 preview:-
“Monaco is very special — it is magical,” that’s how Alain Prost a four-time winner here at the streets of principality described the Monaco Grand Prix. So as we prepare for the 77th running of the prestigious event here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect from this year’s race.
Who’s up for pole?
Only 6 pole positions are shared among the current grid of 20 drivers- with 4 of those belonging to Alfa’s Kimi Raikkonen and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, it looks quite difficult for both to fight for the top spot this year due to reliability issues shown in the past events by Renault and the lack of pace from the Alfa(which looked promising only in pre-season testing).
Apart from them,the only two drivers to get a pole in Monaco are Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. But its hardly a record that suggests that either of the two could be on top 100%.
There was a talk in Barcelona in the previous race weekend about the performance in SECTOR 3 equating it to a competitive form in Monaco, which can be justified by the fact that in 2018 Daniel Ricciardo was the fastest in that tight and twisty sector(sector 3) and ended up clinching pole in Monaco. Predicting pole on that Basis makes Valtteri Bottas a strong Candidate for the pole, being the fastest whole weekend in sector 3 of Circuit de Catalunya.
A pole for Max Verstappen is also not impossible, in his heavy downforce package from RedBull it could mark the first pole for the Japanese engine manufacturer Honda since their return to the Sport in 2015.
Who’s looking good for the race win?
Just as they share poles, both Vettel and Hamilton share two wins to their name.
However It’s Ricciardo and Raikkonen who also have a winning form here with both winning it once, Ricciardo could have won it twice, had RedBull not screwed his pitstop.
Having suffered various crashes in his weekend, Max Verstappen has been a frequent visitor to Monaco’s barriers. However, he showed a promising drive, recovering from 20th on the grid to 9th after his Fp3 shunt last year. And if he can keep it away from the barriers he too has the potential of a strong result this weekend- Monaco definitely presents the Dutchman a great chance of a win this year as street circuits usually suite the characteristics of RedBull cars.
Charles Leclerc’s sole appearance last year ended up in disaster with a brake failure which forced him to crash out of the race. He too seems a strong competitor for a podium here this weekend on the streets where he has grown up.