Who won the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix on? Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
FIVE KEY FACTORS
There is something special about the Monaco GP. It is a stunning location for a race, and the fans and cameras are just inches away from the action. F1 cars making their way around of the narrowed streets of the glamorous Principality, perilously close to the barriers, is a sight to behold. The sound of the cars blasting through the tunnel is incredible. Although the races can be processional, there is a difficulty in overtaking. There is no room for error and even the slightest mistake is costly.
Mercedes powered to their fifth one-two finish of the season at the Spanish GP. Ferrari appear to have dropped to third in the pecking order, now behind Red Bull and way behind Mercedes. The Silver Arrows are doing everything right and Ferrari can’t get anything right.
There have always been periods of domination in F1, with Mercedes doing an excellent job. Their purpose is to win, not provide racing spectacle, but Mercedes' continued domination is in danger of killing the sport. The lack of challenge and competition is making for boring processions, and casual fans are switching off. Ferrari have fallen well short of expectations and for all their so-called power advantage, they are not delivering.
After their dismal start to the season, Ferrari are in crisis. The Italian media have been scathing and questions are being asked as to how long it will take to resolve their 2019 car’s problems. Even Ferrari are admitting their design concept may be wrong, and despite upgrades to their chassis and engine in Spain, they were thrashed and their title hopes are arguably over.
He may be leading the drivers’ championship, but Lewis Hamilton only has one pole position this season whilst his team-mate Valtteri Bottas has claimed three in a row. Hamilton will be focused on a better qualifying result on the streets of Monaco, where grid-position is everything.
If there is a race where Mercedes’ one-two run might end then it's Monaco. Valtteri Bottas has never made the podium, and the longer-wheel base of their car is a massive disadvantage around the tight streets of Monte Carlo.
Monaco is a unique track. The circuit should help other teams to close the gap. Last year Red Bull won with Daniel Ricciardo, but Max Verstappen impressed moving from starting 20th
on the grid (crashed in qualifying) to finish ninth. The Dutchman heads to Monaco after grabbing a deserved podium in Spain.
The prediction is for Max Verstappen to claim the win and bring about a much-welcomed change of winner.