The biggest weekend in motorsports is upon us. The Monaco Grand Prix (9 a.m. ET/ESPN) kicks off a big day of a triple header of racing action. With that being said, here are the top five storylines for Sunday’s race.
3 Different Manufacturers Have Won Last 3 Years
While parity is few and far between in F1 these days, Monaco has had parity though. Three teams have won every F1 race since the start of the 2014 season. All three of those teams have won each of the last three years on the streets of Monaco too.
Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton won in 2016. Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel won in 2017. Red Bull and Daniel Ricciardo won last year. Will we see a new winner this weekend?
If so, it will be the first team Lotus in the 2013 season opener in Australia to win an F1 race.
4 Straight Different Winners Too
Parity doesn’t stop with the teams. We’ve seen four straight years of a different winner in Monaco. Nico Rosberg won in 2015 to go along with the three winners above. Heading into this weekend, Valtteri Bottas appears to be the top threat to extend this streak as he’s finished in the top two in literally every race this season. But, he has never came home on the podium in Monaco before. Home town hero Charles LeClerc would be the next best for Ferrari. But, he’s struggled a bit in 2019 too.
Then there’s Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly for Red Bull. Neither have a podium result in Monaco either.
Mercedes 6th Straight 1-2 Finish?
No one has held a candle to Mercedes in 2019. They’ve finished 1-2 in literally all five races run this season. Can they make it 6-for-6?
Hamilton, has four podium finishes in his last five starts at Monaco. Bottas’ stats are above. I have a feeling this is still their race to lose.
Mercedes, Red Bull Have Won 11 of Last 12 Races In Monaco
The reason I say that Mercedes should be the favorites is just how well that they’ve done in Monaco. Even the Red Bull’s have been strong in these two combining to win 11 of the last 12 years in Monaco.
Ferrari Has Struggled There
Ferrari is not off to a very good start to the 2019 season. Also, while they’ve won at Monaco 10 times, they’ve won just once since 2002.