2022 Monaco Grand Prix Predictions & Race Preview
Monaco Grand Prix has been held on the streets of Monte Carlo since 1929 and is considered one of the most important and prestigious races in motorsport.
With the Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans, it makes up the triple crown of motorsport, and the only man who has managed to win it is Graham Hill. He won five times grand prix in Monte Carlo, while he won once Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Active driver Fernando Alonso has been trying for several years to win in Indianapolis and thus become the second in history to complete the Triple Crown, but failed.
There is almost no overtaking space in Monte Carlo at all, so this is one of the few races on the calendar where Saturday’s qualifying is much more important than Sunday’s race.
The course length is 3,337 kilometers and the scheduled distance is 78 laps. It is an F1 race with the most laps, and also the shortest F1 race. The track in Monte Carlo has 19 corners and just one DRS zone on the main straight, although it usually does little to aid overtaking.
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Can Max Verstappen win for the fourth race in a row on Charles Leclerc home track?
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen is in fantastic form. He has won three previous races in Barcelona, Miami, and Imola, and has also won in Saudi Arabia. In the remaining two races of the season, he had to retire his car, and if it weren’t for those problems, he could easily have won all six this year.
Verstappen won in Monaco last year and he is one of the two biggest favorites to do so this year as well. His main competitor will again be Charles Leclerc, who currently has six points less in the championship than the Dutchman. The Ferrari driver has won two races this season and it is certainly one of his biggest dreams to achieve a triumph at home in Monte Carlo.
Last year, Leclerc was sensationally first in the qualifying, but due to car problems, he did not start the race at all, which was a huge disappointment. After three years of great crisis, Ferrari once again has a car capable of fighting for victories and Leclerc will be highly motivated this coming weekend.
Except for Verstappen and Leclerc, no one has won a Grand Prix this year. Sergio Perez was frustrated with the team’s decision in Barcelona, while Carlos Sainz is in poor form and the question is whether Red Bull and Ferrari would allow their „second“ drivers to be ahead of Verstappen and Leclerc when it is clear that the two will fight for the title this year.
As for the rest of the grid, Mercedes came to Barcelona with huge upgrades and it had a positive effect. George Russell finished third, and Lewis Hamilton would probably have been a contender for the podium if he did not have an accident at the start of the race.
Alpine, McLaren, and Aston Martin are far from the results they wanted this year, and Alpha Tauri has taken a step back. Teams using Ferrari’s power unit (Alfa Romeo and Haas) have had some good races and they will be competing for points again.
Verstappen has gone from being 46 points behind Leclerc to being 6 points in front of him in just 3 races! 🤯
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Pick: Charles Leclerc to win race
There is no man on the grid who knows the streets of Monte Carlo better than Charles Leclerc. His house is only a few meters away from the track and his whole life he has been dreaming of winning in Monaco.
Last year he would have had a huge chance if the car hadn’t broken down, and now that Ferrari is significantly better than last year’s.
Advices & Tips
Pick: Valtteri Bottas in top 6 in race – NO
Although he has the sixth fastest car on the grid, Valtteri Bottas constantly manages to finish the race within the top8. There is no room for overtaking in Monte Carlo, so he will have to be in the top 6 in Saturday qualifying.
It will not be an easy task because the drivers of Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes have a car much faster than Alfa Romeo, and in order to finish at least in seventh place in qualifying, Bottas will have to be faster than both McLaren and Alpine drivers.
Pick: Fernando Alonso in top 10 in race – YES
Fernando Alonso is in great form this season although it doesn’t look like that when you look at the driver’s standings in the championship.
The Spanish driver had an incredible number of unfortunate circumstances in several races, and if that had not happened, he would probably be at least in seventh place with more than 25 points. If there are no problems with the car in Monaco, he will almost certainly end up in the top 10.
First free practice: 14:00-15:00
Second free practice: 17:00-18:00
Third free practice: 13:00-14:00
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