F1: Here at the Monaco Grand Prix for an Exciting Weekend
Circuit de Monaco is the home of the F1 Monaco Grand Prix
This is an exciting car racing weekend: the F1 Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500 and the Nürburgring 24 Hours happening.
This year McLaren’s is fielding a car in the Indy 500 and has its star F1 driver, Fernando Alonso, driving it. With the 2 events clashing, Jenson Button has come out to drive a McLaren F1 car at Monaco.
The Monaco GP is and always been the jewel in the motorsport calendar.
The race was on the calendar for the Inaugural season of F1 in Y 1950, and been since Y 1955. This history and the knowledge every driver wants a Monaco GP win on record, makes the race to watch.
The race is held on the Circuit de Monaco, a street circuit of 2.071 miles. The layout has remained almost unchanged over the years, the biggest updates taking place in Y 2004 when a new pit complex was built. Tight confines and sharp corners make overtaking hard, and makes the Monaco GP the slowest race of the season.
The slow speeds mean tire degradation is at a minimum, allowing for a 1-pit stop strategy. Tire supplier Pirelli has brought its 3 softest compounds to Monaco: Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft.
After this latest practice session, MercedesAMG was well behind the leaders late on the day.
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel was the fastest followed by Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and then Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen.
MercedesAMG’s star driver, Lewis Hamilton, was 8th, his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was 10th on the day. MercedesAMG’s engineers are looking at the car setup to see it is wrong.
Going into Saturday’s qualifying session and Sunday’s race, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel leads the 2017 Drivers’ Championship with 104 points, Mr. Hamilton has 98 points and Mr. Bottas is rd with 63 points.
In the Constructors’ Championship, MercedesAMG leads with 161 points. Ferrari is close behind with 153 points and Red Bull is 3rd with 72 points. Last year’s winner in Monaco was Lewis Hamilton.
2017 Monaco Grand Prix – Facts and Figures
Track: Circuit d’ Monaco
Lap Record: Lewis Hamilton 1:17.939 (2016)
Tire Compounds: Ultra-Soft/Super-Soft/Soft
2016 Winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2016 Pole Position: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:13.622
2016 Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:17.939
DRS Zone: T19 to T1
2017 Monaco Grand Prix – TV/Stream Times
|NYSE:RACE||85.5||26 May 2017||-0.20||85.01||85.61||84.96||379,335|
|HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE:||Overall||Short||Intermediate||Long|
|Very Bullish (0.59)||Bullish (0.44)||Very Bullish (0.62)||Very Bullish (0.71)|
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