Today was the start of race weekend at Monte-Carlo for the 77th Monaco Grand Prix. This race is always special due to its historical significance, where legends of motorsport have been competing since 1929. It’s even more true this year as the Grand Prix is celebrating its 90th anniversary !
Arriving here, we are wondering who could take the win apart from Mercedes who have been so strong for the 2019 season? Regarding the fact that they won the first five races of the season, in doing each time a 1-2, I can’t think thing of a better contender to place one’s bet on! But Monaco is unpredictable, less-power dependent, we could maybe see a Red Bull win just like last year, or maybe, could Ferrari end Mercedes winning spree this weekend? In fact, Charles Leclerc will probably get that extra boost in front of his fans as it’s his home race so that could be the perfect opportunity for a first Scuderia win this year.
The two practice sessions from today saw the two Mercedes in good shape. Lewis Hamilton got the fastest time of the two sessions, Valtteri Bottas was third in the morning and second on Practice 2. They definitely showed a much better pace than Ferrari and Red Bull in Practice 2. For Red Bull, Max Verstappen ended first practice in second position and Pierre Gasly ended fourth on Practice 2. For Ferrari, Charles Leclerc got fourth fastest time in the morning session but seemed to struggle in the afternoon with only the tenth fastest lap; Vettel got fifth fastest time in the morning and third in the afternoon.
For now, Mercedes seem to have a big performance advantage but that’s only first day here in Monaco ! Photo credits: Xavier Soquet