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Your guide to the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix

Written by  May 23, 2017

 

The Monaco Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. Run since 1929  and joined the FIA Formula One world Championship 1950, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world and, with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport. The circuit has been called "an exceptional location of glamour and prestige".

The race is held on a narrow course laid out in the streets of Monaco, with many elevation changes and tight corners as well as a tunnel, making it one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One. It is the only Grand Prix that does not adhere to the FIA's mandated 305-kilometre (190-mile) minimum race distance.

Monaco Grand Prix, Round 6 of the 2017 Formula 1 season

Circuit Name: Circuit de Monaco

Race Laps: 78

Circuit Length: 3.337 km (2.074 mi)

Race Length: 260.286 km (161.734 mi)

Number of corners: 19 (11 Right, 8 Left)

DRS Zone: One Zones (Start/Finish Line Between Turns 19 and 1)

Circuit Direction: Clockwise

Pole Position 2016: Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:13.622

Track Record (During the race): 1:14.439 Michael Schumacher – Ferrari 2004

Circuit de Monaco

 

Pirelli used compounds

Tyres that must be available (one of them to be used) at some point in the race:

One set of P Zero Yellow soft

One set of P Zero Red Super-Soft

Tyres assigned for Q3 in qualifying:                     

One set of P Zero Purple Ultra-Soft

Teams/Drivers compounds choice

Driver

Soft

Super-Soft

Ultra-Soft

Lewis Hamilton

1

3

9

Valtteri Bottas

1

3

9

Daniel Ricciardo

1

1

11

Max Verstappen

1

1

11

Sebastian Vettel

1

2

10

Kimi Raikkonen

1

2

10

Sergio Perez

1

2

10

Esteban Ocon

1

2

10

Lance Stroll

1

1

11

Felipe Massa

1

1

11

Stoffel Vandoorne

1

2

10

Jenson Button

2

1

10

Daniil Kvyat

1

3

9

Carlos Sainz

1

3

9

Romain Grosjean

1

2

10

Kevin Magnussen

1

2

10

Nico Hulkenberg

1

1

11

Jolyon Palmer

1

1

11

Marcus Ericsson

1

2

10

Pascal Wehrlein

1

2

10

 

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW:

 

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

“The three softest compounds are the obvious choice for Monaco, but there is still plenty of scope for strategic variation, because wear and degradation is so low that the teams can more or less choose whenever they would like to make their single pit stop from ultrasoft to supersoft, which should be the standard choice for the race. This is the first grand prix that the drivers have been able to select their own tyre allocations, and as expected the nominations have overwhelmingly favoured the ultrasoft. This is the tyre that will be used the most in both qualifying and the race.”

MONACO MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)

 

Monaco EOS - CAMBER LIMIT

 

 Monaco Grand Prix Winners 1950 – 2016

# Wins

Driver

Years Won

2016

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2015

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

2014

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

2013

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

2012

Mark Webber

Red Bull-Renault

2011

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2010

Mark Webber

Red Bull-Renault

2009

Jenson Button

Brawn-Mercedes

2008

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

2007

Fernando Alonso

McLaren-Mercedes

2006

Fernando Alonso

Renault

2005

Kimi Raikkonen

McLaren-Mercedes

2004

Jarno Trulli

Renault

2003

Juan Pablo Montoya

Williams-BMW

2002

David Coulthard

McLaren-Mercedes

2001

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

2000

David Coulthard

McLaren-Mercedes

1999

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

1998

Mika Hakkinen

McLaren-Mercedes

1997

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

1996

Olivier Panis

Ligier-Mugen-Honda

1995

Michael Schumacher

Benetton-Renault

1994

Michael Schumacher

Benetton-Ford

1993

Ayrton Senna

McLaren-Ford

1992

Ayrton Senna

McLaren-Honda

1991

Ayrton Senna

McLaren-Honda

1990

Ayrton Senna

McLaren-Honda

1989

Ayrton Senna

McLaren-Honda

1988

Alain Prost

McLaren-Honda

1987

Ayrton Senna

Lotus-Honda

1986

Alain Prost

McLaren-TAG

1985

Alain Prost

McLaren-TAG

1984

Alain Prost

McLaren-TAG

1983

Keke Rosberg

Williams-Ford

1982

Riccardo Patrese

Brabham-Ford

1981

Gilles Villeneuve

Ferrari

1980

Carlos Reutemann

Williams-Ford

1979

Jody Scheckter

Ferrari

1978

Patrick Depailler

Tyrrell-Ford

1977

Jody Scheckter

Wolf-Ford

1976

Niki Lauda

Ferrari

1975

Niki Lauda

Ferrari

1974

Ronnie Peterson

Lotus-Ford

1973

Jackie Stewart

Tyrrell-Ford

1972

Jean-Pierre Beltoise

BRM

1971

Jackie Stewart

Tyrrell-Ford

1970

 Jochen Rindt

Lotus-Ford

1969

 Graham Hill

Lotus-Ford

1968

 Graham Hill

Lotus-Ford

1967

 Denny Hulme

Brabham-Repco

1966

 Jackie Stewart

BRM

1965

Graham Hill

BRM

1964

Graham Hill

BRM

1963

Graham Hill

BRM

1962

Bruce McLaren

Cooper-Climax

1961

Stirling Moss

Lotus-Climax

1960

Stirling Moss

Lotus-Climax

1959

Jack Brabham

Cooper-Climax

1958

Maurice Trintignant

Cooper-Climax

1957

Juan Manuel Fangio

Maserati

1956

Stirling Moss

Maserati

1955

Maurice Trintignant

Ferrari

1954

Not held

1951

1950

Juan Manuel Fangio

Alfa Romeo

 

Multiple Winners (Drivers)

 

# Wins

Driver

Years Won

6

Ayrton Senna

1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993

5

Graham Hill

1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969

Michael Schumacher

1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001

4

Alain Prost

1984, 1985, 1986, 1988

3

Stirling Moss

1956, 1960, 1961

Jackie Stewart

1966, 1971, 1973

Nico Rosberg

2013, 2014, 2015

2

Juan Manuel Fangio

1950, 1957

Maurice Trintignant

1955, 1958

Niki Lauda

1975, 1976

Jody Scheckter

1977, 1979

David Coulthard

2000, 2002

Fernando Alonso

2006, 2007

Lewis Hamilton

2008, 2016

Mark Webber

2010, 2012

 

 

Multiple Winners (Constructors)

 

#Wins

Constructor

Years

15

 McLaren

1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998,2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008

8

 Ferrari

1955, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1997, 1999, 2001

7

 Lotus

1960, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1987

5

 BRM

1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1972

4

 Mercedes

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

3

 Cooper

1958, 1959, 1962

 Tyrrell

1971, 1973, 1978

 Williams

1980, 1983, 2003

 Red Bull

2010, 2011, 2012

2

 Maserati

1956, 1957

 Brabham

1967, 1982

 Benetton

1994, 1995

 Renault

2004, 2006

 

 

Numbers and Facts

Most wins (driver) 6 Ayrton Senna 1987 – 1989 – 1990 – 1991 – 1992 – 1993

Most wins (constructor) 15 McLaren 1984 – 85 – 86 – 88 – 89 – 90 – 91 – 92 – 93 – 98 – 2000 – 02 – 05 – 07 – 08

Wins from pole position 27 Most recent 2014 (Nico Rosberg)

Lowest grid for past winner 14 1996 (Olivier Panis – only winner to start outside the top 10)

Most recent 1-2 finish 2014 Mercedes (Nico Rosberg-Lewis Hamilton)

Most emphatic win 1 lap 1950 – 1964 – 1967 – 1982

Closest winning margin 0.215s 1992 Ayrton Senna-Nigel Mansell

Rain-affected races 10, 1960 – 1972 – 1975 – 1982 – 1987 – 1996 – 1997 – 2008 – 2012 – 2016

Safety Car-affected races 12, 2003 – 2004 – 2005 – 2006 – 2008 – 2010 – 2011 – 2012 – 2013 – 2014 – 2015 – 2016

Red Flag (and result declared) races 1, 1984

2-hour rule shortened races 4 1975 – 1996 – 1997 – 2008

Fastest race 2007 78 laps @ 1hr 40m 29.329s (1984 red flag race finished at 31 laps in 1hr 01m 07.740s)

Slowest race (here) 1950 100 laps @3hrs 13m 18.7s

Most pole positions (driver) 5 Ayrton Senna 1985 – 1988 – 1989 – 1990 – 1991

Most pole positions (constructor) 11 McLaren 1984 – 86 – 88 – 89 – 90 – 91 – 98 – 99 – 2001 – 05 – 07

 

What Happened last race here?

Lewis Hamilton won the eventful Monaco Grand Prix from Daniel Ricciardo, while Serigo Perez took third in hangeable conditions saw plenty of action.

Sebastian Vettel was fourth for Ferrari, followed by Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, while Nico Hulkenberg snatched sixth from Nico Rosberg on the run to the line.

With heavy rain hit track prior to the start, the FIA announced that the race would begin under Safety Car conditions.

The race begun properly at the start of lap eight. Ricciardo made a strong getaway, pulling out a second over Nico Rosberg.

Later on, Jolyon Palmer lost control of his Renault over the start/finish straight, slamming into the outside barriers and spearing into the wall. And the Virtual Safety Car was called.

When the race resumed, Kimi Raikkonen understeered into the barriers at the Hotel Hairpin, breaking his front wing before colliding with Romain Grosjean at Portier, putting the Ferrari out of the race.

After a mix of strategies, Ricciardo attempted to use his speed to jump Hamilton in the pits, but when he arrived in his pit box there were no tyres to be found with the Red Bull mechanics in a costly error saw Hamilton resume into the lead.

Hamilton had to resist heavy pressure from the chasing Red Bull, but despite Ricciardo’s best efforts, the Red Bull driver was unable to find a way past the Mercedes and Hamilton duly held on to claim his first victory of the season. 

2016 Race Classification

Pos.

Driver

Constructor

Time/Retired

Grid

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:59:29.133

3

2

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

+7.252

1

3

Sergio Perez

Force India-Mercedes

+13.825

7

4

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

15.846

4

5

Fernando Alonso

McLaren-Honda

+1:25.076

9

6

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

+1:32.999

5

7

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

+1:33.290

2

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

+1 Lap

6

9

Jenson Button

McLaren-Honda

+1 Lap

13

10

Felipe Massa

Williams-Mercedes

+1 Lap

14

11

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas-Ferrari

+1 Lap

12

12

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Mercedes

+1 Lap

10

13

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

+2 Laps

15

14

Pascal Wehrlein

MRT-Mercedes

+2 Laps

20

15

Rio Haryanto

MRT-Mercedes

+4 Laps

19

Ret

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

Collision damage

17

Ret

Felipe Nasr

Sauber-Ferrari

Collision damage

PL

Ret

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

Accident

PL

Ret

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

Collision damage

16

Ret

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

Collision/Electrical

8

Ret

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

Accident damage

11

Ret

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

Accident

18

 

Did you know?

DRIVERS

Sebastian Vettel Vettel has not won back-to-back Grand Prix since he won the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix. That race ended a 9-race run of victories that started in

Belgium, (BEL, ITA, SIN, KOR, JAP, IND, ABU, USA, BRA)

Vettel will be looking for a 75th F1 front row this weekend

Lewis Hamilton is just 4 pole positions from equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 F1 GP pole positions. Since he has been at Mercedes he has taken

pole 38 times already. That is over 40% of all races he’s started for the team (38/ 81 = 46.9%). He is also just 1 behind Ayrton Senna’s (second-best) career total of 65 pole

positions. Clearly he could equal Senna’s total on Saturday

Hamilton in Spain beat Jim Clark’s career total of 11 F1 hat-tricks (pole, win and fastest lap). Only Michael Schumacher with 22 F1 hat-tricks has now scored more than

Hamilton (12)

Hamilton has won (55) 28.5% of all GP he’s started (193) and is in the top 10 drivers races to win ratio of all-time. This is how he compares:-

  1. Fangio 47.0%, 2. Ascari 40.6%, 3. Clark 34.7%, 4. M. Schumacher 29.7%, 5. Hamilton 28.5%, 6. Ja. Stewart 27.2%, 7. Prost 25.6%, 8. A. Senna 25.5%,
  2. S. Moss 24.2% 10. Vettel 24.0% (44/ 183),

Hamilton has now led 103 different F1 Grand Prix races. Only Michael Schumacher has led more (142)

Valtteri Bottas has led 378 km of F1 race laps. It is the same distance led by Jean-Pierre Beltoise who scored his one and only F1 victory here 45 years ago driving a

BRM. The very wet race proved to be BRM’s final F1 race win

Bottas has yet to record a top 10 finish in Monaco in 4 starts to date. His best result here is 12th in 2013 and again last year

The Spanish Grand Prix marked the first anniversary of Max Verstappen’s first Grand Prix win. He has until the Singapore Grand Prix in September to win a second

while still a teenager. (20th birthday on September 30th 2017). He is of course, so far the only teenager in F1 history to win a F1 World Championship Grand Prix and could

still become the only teenager to take pole position too for a F1 World Championship Grand Prix. Max and Ricardo Rodriguez who started the 1961 Italian Grand Prix

from P2 in his Ferrari when aged 19 years and 208 days are the only teenage drivers to date to have started a Grand Prix from the front row (Max the youngest, at the

2016 Belgian Grand Prix where he started P2 he was aged18 years and 333 days

Sergio Perez needs just 1 more podium to become the Mexican driver with the most F1 podiums (currently =1 with Pedro Rodriguez on 7)

Fernando Alonso in Spain finally ensured that every 2017 driver who entered a race to that point had been around for the waving of the chequered flag for at least 1

Grand Prix. Jenson Button now needs to be circulating when the Monaco Grand Prix finishes to keep that record going

On his return to F1 Button is scheduled to equal Michael Schumacher’s 306 F1 Grand Prix starts. Only Rubens Barrichello has started more (326)

 

CONSTRUCTORS

Mercedes in Monaco will be aiming to lockout the front row for the 49th time. The all-time record is 62 and is jointly held by McLaren and Williams

Mercedes’s fastest lap of the race in Spain courtesy of Lewis Hamilton was the marque’s 50th as a F1 World Championship constructor

Ferrari last season was the only team to score championship points at all 21 events

Ferrari has still not scored consecutive pole positions since Fernando Alonso took pole for the Scuderia at the 2012 British and German Grand Prix and has still not scored a consecutive front row lock-out since Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa lock-out the front row for the 2006 US and French Grand Prix

Red Bull has achieved a podium result for at least one of their drivers podium in 101 different F1 Grand Prix

The current Williams team traces its origins back to the setting up of Williams Grand Prix Engineering by Frank Williams and Patrick Head in 1977. This year the team will

be celebrating its 40th anniversary. The team began by running a March for Belgian Patrick Neve who sadly died earlier is year and later in 1978, became a constructor

running a single FW06 car for Alan Jones. In 1979 the team expanded to 2 cars with Clay Regazzoni joining Jones. Regazzoni won Williams’s first Grand Prix, at Silversone

in 1979 while Jones claimed Williams’s first driver’s and first constructor’s titles in 1980. Frank Williams had made his first forays into F1 in 1969, running a Brabham for

Piers Courage. Campaigns with De Tomaso, private March’s, with his own cars and ex-works Heskeths latterly in conjunction with Canadian-Austrian entrepreneur Walter

Wolf followed but it wasn’t until Williams teamed up with Head and started a new team all over again that Williams’s F1 fortunes really took off

Force India is the only constructors to have finished both cars in each of the 5 Grand Prix so far this season

 

MONACO GRAND PRIX

This year is the 75th Monaco Grand Prix (the figure includes pre-WWII races and sportscar-only Grand Prix)

At least 1 Safety Car intervention has interrupted the Monaco Grand Prix in each of the last 7 races. All told, since 2003 12 Monaco Grand Prix have featured a Safety Car

intervention at some point during the race ie 12 of last 14 races (86%)

Olivier Panis who won here in 1996 is still the only driver to win the Monaco Grand Prix and to have started the race he won from a grid start outside of the top 10. Panis’s

win remains also the most recent F1 race win by a French driver

Both of Lewis Hamilton’s Monaco Grand Prix wins have come off a P3 grid start

Mercedes is chasing a 5th Monaco grand Prix win in a row. The record is 6 in a row by McLaren between 1988 and 1993 and they are the only constructor in the World

Championship history of the event to have won more than 4 in succession. Mercedes and BRM (1963 to 1966) have both won 4 in a row

 

Driver’s Championship standing

POS

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Sebastian Vettel

104

2

Lewis Hamilton

98

3

Valtteri Bottas

63

4

Kimi Raikkonen

49

5

Daniel Ricciardo

37

6

Max Verstappen

35

7

Sergio Perez

34

8

Esteban Ocon

19

9

Felipe Massa

18

10

Carlos Sainz

17

11

Nico Hulkenberg

14

12

Romain Grosjean

5

13

Pascal Wehrlein

4

14

Kevin Magnussen

4

15

Daniil Kvyat

4

16

Marcus Ericsson

0

17

Lance Stroll

0

18

Fernando Alonso

0

19

Antonio Giovinazzi

0

20

Jolyon Palmer

0

21

Marcus Ericsson

0

 

Constructor’s Championship standing

POS

CONSTRUCTOR

POINTS

1

Mercedes

161

2

Ferrari

153

3

Red Bull/Renault

72

4

Force India/Mercedes

53

5

Toro Rosso/Renault

21

6

Williams/Mercedes

18

7

Renault

14

8

Haas/Ferrari

9

9

Sauber/Ferrari

4

10

McLaren/Honda

0

 

Driver’s penalty points:

Driver

Penalty points

Jolyon Palmer

7

Sebastian Vettel

6

Pascal Wehrlein

6

Daniil Kvyat

5

Carlos Sainz

5

Kevin Magnussen

5

Nico Hulkenberg

4

Esteban Ocon

4

Sergio Perez

3

Romain Grosjean

 3

Stoffel Vandoorne

3

Valtteri Bottas

2

Kimi Raikkonen

2

Marcus Erricson

2

Felipe Massa

2

Lewis Hamilton

2

Max Verstappen

1

 

 

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