A look at the Monaco Grand Prix 2018 with an introduction and the potential candidates who can win the race.
The Monaco Grand Prix happens to be one of the highlights of the Formula One calendar. The first F1 race at Monaco was held in 1929. Alongside races like the 24 Hours Le Mans and Indianapolis 500, the Grand Prix Monaco is regarded as one of the prestigious automotive race events in the world.
Its location in the Principality of Monaco is also a major factor in this status. The race is usually accompanied by a lot of glitz and glamour. Even though plenty of street races are being held today, F1 Monaco was one of the first of its kind.
The Circuit de Monaco happens to be one of the most challenging in the business. The course is laid out on the streets of Monaco and it is extremely narrow – by racing standards. To add to the complexity, the course also features several elevation changes, a tunnel, and extremely tight corners. This makes the Monte Carlo Grand Prix as one of the most demanding circuits on the Formula One calendar.
Setting the car in the ideal way is a huge challenge considering the vast number of scenarios. While the end of the tunnel and the home straight do provide the very limited overtaking opportunities, setting the car up to excel in these situations may present a problem when it comes to the tight corners. Finding the balance becomes a crucial element at Monaco F1. The average speeds at the Grand Prix de Monaco are substantially lower than at other racetracks, while the safety car is also often called upon. The FIA has a minimum requirement of 305 km per race, but Monaco is the only event that does not stick to the guidelines. Racing takes place at a distance of just over 260 km.
Ayrton Senna remains the most successful driver at Monaco, as he won the race six times – five of those victories came in consecutive seasons from 1989 to 1993. Fernando Alonso holds the distinction of being the first driver to win the F1 Monaco with two different constructors in consecutive seasons. He won the race with Renault in 2006 followed by a victory with McLaren in 2007.
Monaco Grand Prix 2018 will be the 75th edition of the race, and celebrations are likely to be extravagant to mark this landmark. Here are some of the potential candidates set to win the race:
Despite losing out to Nico Rosberg in the 2016 Formula One Championship, Lewis Hamilton will remain a strong favourite for the 2018 campaign. Since winning Monaco sets the tone for the next handful of races, Hamilton would ideally be targeting a victory at Grand Prix Monaco 2018. The dominance from Hamilton was shone in 2016 when he won the race ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez. Hamilton also set the fastest lap time of 1:17.939. This was Hamilton’s first victory at this race since his success in 2008 – when he was a rookie driving for McLaren.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo has had immense progress in the world of Formula One racing. Since his debut in 2011 with HRT, he has come a long way to be one of the main drivers at Red Bull racing. After struggling to make an impact in the Monaco Race – widely seen as the best race in the calendar – in the initial stages, Ricciardo has steadily improved at this track. His third place finish in 2014 was recently bettered by a runner-up place in the 2016 edition. The 2016 edition also marks the first time Ricciardo has taken to the grid with a Red Bull Racing car.
Sebastian Vettel may have four world championships under his belt, but he has not won the world title since 2013. In the 2016, Vettel finished fourth while racing for one of the biggest names in the business – Ferrari. Even though it was a disappointing campaign, Vettel and Ferrari have the strength come back stronger. Vettel has managed to just one victory at Formula One Monaco and it was in 2011. Second-place finishes in 2010, 2013, and 2015 remain his best return in the nine races he has taken part. The Formula 1 Monaco 2018 will be witnessing Vettel entering the race with Ferrari for a third race.
The 75th edition of the iconic Monaco F1 race will be something to witness. It is not a surprise that there is a huge amount of interest in knowing the Monaco Grand Prix schedule for the 2018 season.
|AUS||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||256|
|NED||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||204|
|MEX||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||101|
|GER||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||72|
|ESP||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||46|