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2014 Monaco GP: Formula One F1 Starting Line-Up Grid & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on May 24, 2014 - 04:36 PM
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2014 Monaco GP: Formula One F1 Starting Line-Up Grid & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

Qualifying for Formula One's 2014 Monaco Grand Prix is over for the 61st time. The infamous principality has been a part of Formula One since inception (1950) and will host round six of the 2014 F1 championship. The first Monaco Grand Prix was won by racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio in an Alfa Romeo.

If you are looking for history, Monaco has it. The first event was held back in 1929 when an Anglo -Frenchman known only as 'Williams' - no relative of Williams F1 team owner Frank - won the first Grand Prix de Monaco in a Bugatti 35B.

Reviewing the statistics, it is clear that in recent history a pretty good place to start the Monaco Grand Prix is at the front. Pole to be exact. Of the last ten races, nine have been won from Pole. Previous to that, Pole was basically the first car predicted NOT to win. From 1992 to 2003 - 12 races - the Pole winner only twice triumphed. In fact, only 25 times in the 60 runnings has the Pole sitter won at Monaco.

Another interesting stat is that only two men has won this race twice since 2001 - Fernando Alonso (2006 & 2007) and Mark Webber (2010 & 2012). The other winners have been Michael Schumacher (2001), David Coulthard (2002), Juan Pablo Montoya (2003), Jarno Trulli (2004), Kimi Raikkonen (2005), Lewis Hamilton (2008), Jenson Button (2009), Sebastian Vettel (2011) and Nico Rosberg (2013).

More interesting, four of the last eight F1 drivers World Champions have won Monaco on their way to the title, but even more interesting is that Michael Schumacher only won the Monaco Grand Prix once during his drive to five straight championships. Monaco isn't a guarantee of a driver's championship.

Is a Monaco Pole a good stat for predicting the race win ?

Yes.

Plus consider this, only once since 1986 has a driver won from a position lower than third - Olivier Panis started 14th in 1996.

So, our pick for the win will be Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg who will start on Pole. Rosberg is the defending winner - also from Pole. Mercedes have claimed six Poles this season, and have turned those premium starting positions in five victories. Can number six be far behind ?

If so, Mercedes will become the first constructor since McLaren - in 1988 - to win the first six Grand Prix of the season.

So keep an eye on Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo if Rosberg should fail. His Mercedes teammate will start second with the world championship with the World championship points lead, but will he leave that way ?

Turn One has always had the makings of disaster, but someone how each year the drivers muddle through. The 2014 Monaco Grand Prix is sure to have an interesting start, and with moving chicane's fighting for position, the yellow - or even red flag - may play a very important role in the 61st edition.

Enjoy! The Monaco Grand Prix is a great start to a full day of racing in the United States with the 2014 Indianapolis 500 to follow, and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 to bat clean-up.

 

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2014 Monaco GP: Formula One Qualifying Results
Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:17.678 1:16.465 1:15.989 26
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.823 1:16.354 1:16.048 27
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.900 1:17.233 1:16.384 22
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:18.383 1:17.074 1:16.547 25
5 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:17.853 1:17.200 1:16.686 27
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:17.902 1:17.398 1:17.389 27
7 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:17.557 1:17.657 1:17.540 26
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.978 1:17.609 1:17.555 25
9 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:18.616 1:17.594 1:18.090 23
10 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:18.108 1:17.755 1:18.327 26
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:18.432 1:17.846 20
12 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.890 1:17.988 20
13 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:18.407 1:18.082 20
14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:18.335 1:18.196 23
15 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:18.585 1:18.356 21
16 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:18.209 No Time 10
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.741 11
18 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.745 11
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:19.332 10
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:19.928 9
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:20.133 9
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:21.732 9

Q1 107% Time 1:22.985



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