1. It’s Monaco!
What more can be said?! Monaco is one of the most iconic racing venues in the world, and its absence was keenly felt last year as the race had to be canceled. The drivers are therefore all desperate to get back on the track and once again experience the pleasure of driving a Formula 1 car in the streets of Monte-Carlo.
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The track always offers a real test, with a lot of emphasis on qualifying due to the difficulty of overtaking, and the drivers love being able to make a real difference themselves in a place where a car’s limitations can be slightly. more compensated by the pilot.
But it’s also an event that brings the glitz and glamor associated with F1, and this year will have even more of it.
2. A different view of Hamilton against Verstappen
This has been a recurring theme so far this season, with all four races so far having seen at least one moment where the two title protagonists have gone from wheel to wheel.
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Hamilton has come out on top three times against Verstappen when we talk about race wins, but each won when the other started from pole position, and Hamilton had to pass Verstappen for victory in Portugal and Spain.
Red Bull appeared a little more competitive against Mercedes in qualifying, with a pole position margin for Hamilton in Spain of just 0.036s, and Verstappen seeing a time that would have been good enough for the deleted pole in Portugal. With machines this close on a flight lap, the qualifying battle between these two is likely to be absolutely spectacular.
3. Perez under pressure
In some ways, Monaco couldn’t have come at a worse time for Sergio Perez. The Mexican has shown real glimpses of his abilities during his short time at Red Bull so far, but he has also struggled to achieve the required results.
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In Portugal and Spain he was not in the fight alongside Verstappen, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas because he got stuck behind slower cars in the first part of the race, and that happened. proved particularly expensive in Barcelona. This certainly cannot happen in Monaco, where position on the track is even more important.
To his credit, Perez is happy to add to the pressure, saying he has a car capable of fighting for victory in Monaco, so he’s aiming high.
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4. Ferrari and Alpine with high hopes
It is not only Perez who sees Monaco as a great opportunity, as Ferrari and Alpine are aiming for big results in the Principality.
This is largely due to their pace of qualifying, with Ferrari regularly blocking first place behind Mercedes and Red Bull. Charles Leclerc qualified and finished fourth in Barcelona, but they also had the encouraging sign of a strong car in the final sector.
Alpine, on the other hand, has now had back-to-back races where she looks very quick on one lap, but struggles to maintain that form over a race distance. It’s not so much of a problem in Monaco, where getting a good grid position is key and even a poor race pace shouldn’t hurt the end result as faster cars will have a hard time passing.
5. New McLaren livery and 750 for Williams
An iconic race is always a good time to celebrate something special, and that’s exactly what happens with two iconic teams at McLaren and Williams.
As announced on Sunday, McLaren will sport a classic livery that has not been seen in F1 but has been used in their sports car history, taking on the distinctive Gulf colors for the Monaco weekend. The entire car has been changed with an impressive design, but there will also be cool suits, special driver’s helmets and bespoke team gear.
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Limited edition products are also on sale and a unique logo is applied to the car to mark the occasion, as Williams becomes the third team – after Ferrari and McLaren – to reach the milestone.
After such a competitive race for the team in Spain, it would be a pretty good time to finally land their first points since 2019, right?