Monaco Grand Prix Preview

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The glamour event of the Formula One calendar is almost upon us. In three days time, 20 high-powered machines will be racing past Rascasse, Piscine and the Casino in a bid to put their names in the F1 history books as a Monaco GP winner.

Long gone are the days when this was a race in its purest sense. In the modern era, this is effectively a parade, with the sights and prestige of the location playing a starring role. In fact, such is the demands this tight old street circuit, teams have to completely overhaul their steering and suspension in order to take on some of the tight corners, particularly the Fairmont Hairpin.

Therefore, qualifying is key. Whoever takes pole on Saturday has a great chance of taking victory on the Sunday, assuming conditions are stable. If there's rain, we're in for a treat. In that scenario, it can be anyone's race providing they have a good strategy and luck on their side.

Philip Boeckman Monaco Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton

Who will come out the victor? History suggests it won't be Lewis Hamilton. The Briton has won only one of his nine races at Monaco and his form hardly suggests he's going to be atop the podium come Sunday afternoon. Max Verstappen will be hoping for a better Monaco experience than last year, where he was fined and vilified for a high-speed collision at the first corner.

One team to keep a close eye on is Red Bull. They look a completely different outfit this year and their recent performances suggest that they'll be a contender this season. Mercedes will be favourites as they usually are, providing Rosberg and Hamilton can avoid another Spanish-eqsue collision, but the RB's have a great chance of challenging Ferrari for the third podium spot. Talking of Rosberg, the son of Keke grew up in these parts and is a bit of a don when it comes to this race. Should he win on Sunday, he'll make it four wins out of four in the Principality. You can take the boy out of Monaco...

What about McLaren? Long out the equation when it comes to race-winner discussions, the British-based team are making a comeback and they mean business. Having made it into Q3 in Spanish GP qualifying last time out, they'll be hoping to make it two from two this weekend. With 15 wins, they're the most successful team at taking on the Monte Carlo track, and the team are optimistic that they'll perform well this time out. "I believe that our car is rather suited to this type of circuit", said Honda chief Yusuke Hasagawa this week.

What is it about Monaco that melts the hearts of every F1 enthusiast? 

Philip Boeckman

Huge fan of @F1 and Motor Racing in general. I blog about anything and everything from the world of Formula 1