Monaco Grand Prix Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 27th May 2018

Monaco Grand Prix Track Guide

The highlight of the Formula 1 calendar is coming up this weekend, with the world’s top stars bound for the sunny climbs of Monaco. This Grand Prix is a huge one, with Lewis Hamilton coming in off the back of two straight victories. The Mercedes driver has moved 17 points clear at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings, but can he extend that advantage?

There are worrying noises coming from the Mercedes camp, and they for once don’t seem like bluster. Ahead of the tight turns of Monaco, the Silver Arrows look a little blunt. That’s left room for others to step up, including Red Bull.

Top Tips

Daniel Ricciardo to win @ 4/1

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Race Info

The street circuit at Monaco is an incredibly difficult one, which makes it a tough race for any of the top drivers. Mercedes seem to be struggling in particular ahead of the tight turns in the principality. While it’s one of the shortest distances of any F1 race, that doesn’t make it any easier.

RoundCountryCircuitRace Distance
6/21 Monaco Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco 260km / 78 Laps

Schedule

 DateStart TimeFinish TimeForecast ConditionsTV Coverage
Practice 1 Thur 24th May 10:00 11:30 Dry / 22° -
Practice 2 Thur 24th May 14:00 15:30 Dry / 22° -
Practice 3 Sat 26th May 11:00 12:30 Dry / 27° -
Qualifying Sat 26th May 13:00 14:00 Dry / 27° Sky F1
Race Sun 27th May 14:10 16:10 Dry / 28° Sky F1

Previous Race Results (2017)

Sebastian Vettel won here last year, as he pushed Hamilton for the title. He impressed throughout the weekend, as Ferrari secured a 1-2 finish in qualifying and in the race. This race was a tough one for Lewis Hamilton last year, as he slipped down to seventh in the standings. Red Bull secured two places in the top five too, but they’ll be hoping for better this year.

Hamilton struggled in qualifying last year, ending up 13th on the grid. Given how his team are preparing for this race, the Brit could end up struggling yet again here. Despite that, we did get a close battle this time last year, with Vettel only edging out challenges from Raikkonen and Ricciardo, and hopefully this race will turn out just as thrilling.

PositionDriverCarGrid PositionPoints
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 2 25
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1 18
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 5 15
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 3 12
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 4 10
6 Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 6 8
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 13 6
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 8 4
9 Felipe Massa Williams 14 2
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 11 1

Race News: Alonso Casts Doubt on Mercedes in Monaco

As always, there’s plenty of anticipation ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix. Two-time winner Fernando Alonso claimed that this weekend’s race could be “crazy”. He also pointed to the difficulty of the street circuit, claiming that the iconic twists and turns will act as a leveller between the teams, leaving us with a few surprises.

While he’s clearly taking aim at Mercedes there, the Spaniard also wants to see McLaren take this opportunity to boost their points return. Alonso missed the 2017 edition after heading to the Indy 500, but he’s back and searching for another successful run in the principality.

Mercedes Worried Ahead of Monaco

Mercedes have admitted they are afraid ahead of the Monaco GP, despite a 1-2 at the Spanish GP last week. The tight corners and turns at the circuit will make this a difficult race for Hamilton and co. Their boss Toto Wolff has admitted those problems, claiming that they can’t work out why their car doesn’t perform on the streets of Monaco.

Analysis: Hamilton’s Run to End

Lewis Hamilton seems to have accepted the fact that they’re set to struggle here, after a couple of tough runs around similar circuits last season. He also admitted that he’s having the toughest season of his career, which could continue when he visits the Principality this weekend.

Mercedes aren’t just worried about their problems at Monaco, but there’s also the fact that their rivals aren’t likely to suffer the same issues. Both Ferrari and Red Bull were strong at this race last season, and we think that the latter could impress around the streets of Monaco this weekend.

Final Verdict: Ricciardo to win

We think that Red Bull will come out on top this weekend, with their improvements making them perfectly suited to this circuit. Of the two drivers, Daniel Ricciardo has the best chance to make a big impact, in what is expected to be his final season with the team. He already has a victory to his name this term, and with Mercedes seemingly out of the running his chances of taking maximum points is pretty strong.

Ricciardo is our pick to win this race, and he can be found at an impressive price of 4/1 to take the victory this weekend. Given that they’re suited to a challenge in the Principality, that seems like a great bit of value. You can also back him at 11/10 to take up a place in the top three, and we expect him to make the podium at the very least. After Hamilton’s poor finish here last season, you can back the Mercedes man to finish outside of the top three at 5/4, which is another decent value pick this weekend.

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