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F1 Monaco 2021 Grand Prix Race Preview and Prediction

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The 20th to 23rd of May 2021 will see us return yet again for race weekend, in a season that adds the glitz and glamour to our race calendars. As we will be witnessing the famous F1 Monaco 2021 Grand Prix, from Formula 1 Circuit de Monaco!

This race is sure to add to the excitement of this already exhilarating season, where we have witnessed the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen exchange wins in the opening four races, with Hamilton winning last time out in Spain.

F1 Monaco 2021 Grand Prix Track Details

Monaco was first established as a colony of Genoa in 1215. It was 1929 when racing engines first reverberated around the Principality after cigarette manufacturer Antony Noghes decided to organise a race with his pals from the Automobile Club de Monaco.

The race was part of the calendar in the first year of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1950, and hasn’t been off it since 1955.

The track is known for being incredibly narrow and totally iconic. Nelson Piquet memorably described driving around Monaco as “like riding a bicycle around your living room”… which is a fair assessment.

Despite that, it’s a challenge that nearly all drivers love, forcing them to put their skills on the line and rewarding millimetric accuracy. Overtaking on the tight streets is harder, however, with the 2003 Grand Prix witnessing a grand total of zero passing moves!

Circuit length – 3.337 km

Number of laps – 78

Race distance – 260.286 km

Lap record – 1:14.260 M Verstappen (2018)

Race Recap

Of course, the 2020 Grand Prix was canceled due to COVID, therefore we go back to 2019 for the last race where Lewis Hamilton endured a frantic afternoon in Monaco to secure the 77th win of his career, and his third in Monaco, finishing ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton wore a special Niki Lauda tribute helmet, enjoyed a near race-long battle with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, as he struggled to extend the life of medium tires put on during a Safety Car period. Which was caused by a puncture suffered by Charles Leclerc that would eventually force Ferrari’s local driver intro retirement on Lap 18.

Another impressive performance from Lewis Hamilton in the Spanish GP

Despite finishing just behind the winner Hamilton on the road, Verstappen was eventually classified fourth, having been given a five-second penalty for an unsafe release earlier in the race.

F1 Monaco 2021 Grand Prix Prediction

My prediction for the F1 Monaco 2021 Grand Prix, takes a controversial turn at the start of the race leading to an interesting podium, with P1 being a close yet comfortable win for Max Verstappen and Red Bull. Here’s where it gets interesting after the Spanish GP situation between Lewis Hamilton and Valteri Bottas I believe a racing incident will occur leading both the near-perfect Mercedes to depart the race.

The rest of the grid is a wide-open battle for the podium, Perez needs a big performance after a rather lacklustre race last time out coming in 5th 11 seconds behind LeClerc, and the McLaren team Norris and Ricciardo have a great opportunity here to get both cars on the podium. I have Ricciardo taking P2 with Norris narrowly missing out on P3 to another impressive performance by Esteban Ocon in the Alpine.

From P5 to P10 the Ferrari’ of Sainz and LeClerc lockdown P5 and P6 in another good performance by the red arrows. With the Alpha Tauri, Aston Martin, and the remaining Alpine of Alonso fighting out for the remaining points. With Gasly, Alonso, and Vettel P6 to P9 and Perez taking the final point in P10. I think Tsunoda and Stroll will struggle at Monaco and will be fighting it out with the Alfa Romeo, Williams, and Haas will be at the back of the grid.

Here’s where qualifying will be so important, as we know Monaco isn’t known for its overtaking. I have Raikonnen just missing out on points in P11. A race to forget for Williams as both fail to finish the race along with the second Alpha Romeo of Giovinazzi. Stroll takes P12 with Mick Schumacher taking P13 holding out the Alpha Tauri of Tsunoda. I believe Schumacher’s Haas teammate Mazepin, who managed consecutive finishes, fails to finish in Monaco.

F1 Monaco 2021 Grand Prix Prediction – Winner: Max Verstappen

So, there you have it, my prediction for the F1 Monaco 2021 Grand Prix. Do you agree with my predictions for the F1 Monaco 2021 Grand Prix? Leave your opinion down below in the comments!


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