Monaco Grand Prix Betting Tips & Predictions – Sunday 26th May 2019

Monaco Grand Prix Track Guide

Will Mercedes continue their brilliant start through the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend? They’ve been relentless so far this term, with the fight for the title seemingly between Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas. There’s little between them at the top, but who will win here?

There seems so be an expectation on Mercedes to win their sixth race of the season this weekend, but will this be where the challenge finally arrives? They’ve historically had problems at the showpiece race in the F1 calendar, so there will be some looking to go against the top two, which is what we are doing. Mercedes are third on the overall list of Monaco team winners and without a win at the last two Grands Prix there, and we think they may struggle once again.

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Max Verstappen to win @ 7/2

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Race Info

For many fans the Monaco Grand Prix is the standout event of the F1 calendar, with plenty of stars lining up for this weekend’s race. It’s known for being a tight city circuit, which isn’t something Mercedes have been built for in recent years. They tend to be seen as the outsiders for this race, so it will be interesting to see how they get on with expectation behind them.

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

Schedule

 DateStart TimeFinish TimeForecast ConditionsTV Coverage
Practice 1 Fri 24th May 10:00 11:30 Dry / 17° -
Practice 2 Fri 24th May 14:00 15:30 Dry / 17° -
Practice 3 Sat 25th May 11:00 12:30 Dry / 17° -
Qualifying Sat 25th May 14:00 15:00 Wet / 18° Sky F1
Race Sun 26th May 14:10 16:10 Dry / 21° Sky F1

Last Season's Result (2018)

Last year’s race in Monaco was a victory for Red Bull, with Daniel Ricciardo taking the points. He was able to see off both Vettel and Hamilton – who were then the two in the title frame. That impressive win showed the talents of Ricciardo in a difficult season for him, so he’ll be looking to build on that after a tough 2019.

However, it’s also worth remembering the achievements of Max Verstappen in Monaco. Problems during qualifying saw him start this race at the very back of the grid. He fought his way into the top 10, which isn’t easy on the bends of Monaco. The top six qualifiers finished in the exact same positions in the final race, which shows how well Verstappen did climbing the standings in 2018.

PositionDriverCarGrid PositionPoints
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bulls 1 25
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 2 18
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 3 15
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 4 12
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 5 10
6 Esteban Ocon Force India 6 8
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 10 6
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 11 4
9 Max Verstappen Red Bull 20 2
10 Carlos Sainz Renault 8 1

Race News: Tributes to Lauda Likely

There are sure to be many tributes paid to the remarkable driving, courage and personality of Niki Lauda who of course died this week. In some ways whatever happens on the track will be overshadowed by his death. Many drivers have already spoken kindly of the Austrian Formula One driver, who won the F1 World Drivers' Championship three times. Lauda, who triumphed in 1975, 1977 and 1984, may be a little old to have directly inspired many of the current crop of drivers but there is no doubt they have felt his influence and he will be missed by all in the F1 community.

Analysis: Will Mercedes Finally be Challenged?

Ironically, we could see a challenge to Mercedes just as they become favourites in Monaco. This race has never really suited their car, with the street turns opening it up for the likes of Red Bull. It perfectly suited Ricciardo last year, so that could well make this race more interesting. Given Mercedes’ six straight wins to kick off the 2019 campaign, we do need something to level up the playing field.

While Ferrari will be out to get back in the mix, we expect Red Bull to make the big challenge here. That’s after Verstappen’s unfortunate 2018 race here, which saw the Dutchman pull off an impressive fightback to get his top 10 finish. Given the performance, he should expect to challenge this week.

Final Verdict: Verstappen To Win

Verstappen is enjoying a strong season so far. He’s emerging as the real challenger to Mercedes, having pulled off another third place finish in Barcelona last time out. While he’s some way off the top two, he could pull back that gap by claiming a win here. He’s been consistently in the mix for the podium, but will he step up this weekend?

The race in Monaco seems built for Red Bull to make a challenge, while Verstappen is their key man. The Dutchman has a point to prove after last year, while he’ll also be itching to climb the standings after his tough year so far. We see Verstappen getting over the line here after impressing of late, so we think the Red Bull man is well priced to win this famous race. We’re backing Verstappen to win at 7/2 here, while he’s priced up at 1/2 to finish in the top three. Charles Leclerc is another one to watch ahead of his hometown race, he’s 7/4 to claim a spot on the podium in the Monaco Grand Prix.

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