Monaco, the jewel in the Formula One crown. One of the most historic tracks on the calendar and notoriously difficult for a number of reasons. This weekend F1 hosts arguably the race it is most known for and considering how detrimental even one small mistake could be, things could flip very quickly.
Charles Leclerc, the driver from Monaco is still yet to have success at the Monaco grand prix. As he has not finished a single one, he started in F1, and this even goes back to F2 in 2017 where he suffered two DNF’s, in the sprint race and feature race. 2018 he had a brake failure causing a crash down towards the chicane after the tunnel. In 2019 he suffered a puncture and caused a lot of damage to his car meaning he was not able to continue. Then last year he did not even get to start because of crash in qualifying that caused an issue to the gearbox. Could we see Leclerc break this run of non-finishes and seemingly never-ending curse?
Alpine have had some good results this season and after the Spanish GP where race pace was good, they will be looking for another positive result this weekend. They brought upgrades last weekend, and have done so again this weekend, this time for the floor. Even with the upgrades though, they will need to qualify better than they did in Spain to have a better chance at another double points finish. With Alpine only 5 points behind Alfa Romeo in the championship, a good double points finish could see them slide up in to fifth.
Someone who has had success in the past years but seems to be struggling this season is Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo has only picked up 11 points this season while team-mate Lando Norris has picked up 39 points. At times Ricciardo has struggled to find the pace Norris can in the McLaren. The last time Ricciardo picked up points was in Australia, since then it has been disappointing. But can Monaco help him find some of the pace that is still there but has not been seen much so far this season.
With Red Bull winning the last three races, and two of them being 1-2 finishes, they are looking very strong, even with Ferrari’s struggles. Can Ferrari bounce back and gain their first win in Monaco since 2017? Or will Red Bull continue their early form and push the gap to Ferrari even more in the championship? Will Mercedes pull off a shock and put themselves in a winning position? Whatever happens, it will certainly be interesting to find out.