FIA Formula1 WorldChampionship 2019, race#6, Monaco F1 Grand Prix, 23.-
This weekend Formula 1 journeys to its most iconic venue, Monaco, for a grand prix that harnesses the finest qualities of racing’s great heroes – precision, calculation, commitment, passion, and heroism.
Some major milestones are in prospect at this weekend’s race in glittering, glamorous Monaco. Kimi Räikkönen is set to join an exclusive clubs of five drivers, Mercedes are seeking a record run of results, and Valtteri Bottas is hoping to break his podium-
* Title rivals Sebastian Vettel, Scudería Ferrari, and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, are well matched at the Monaco Grand Prix. Both have two wins in the Principality and both scored them with different teams. Hamilton won in 2008 with McLaren and then in 2016 with Mercedes, while Vettel won with Red Bull Racing in 2011 and with Ferrari in 2017 (pictured). Both drivers also have six podium appearances apiece in Monaco. Vettel edges it, though, with four second places (2010, 2013, 2015, 2018) to add to his victories, while Hamilton has two second places (2007, 2014) and two third places (2015, 2018). Both have a single pole here, with Vettel starting from P1 in 2011 and Hamilton in 2015. Vettel has two fastest laps (2010, 2013), while Hamilton has just one (2016).
* Mercedes are, of course, seeking a sixth consecutive one-
The Silver Arrows have already set a benchmark for one-
* This weekend will mark Kimi Räikkönen’s 300th presence at a grand prix weekend.
The Finn has not missed an event in a season in which he has raced since his debut at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix but he has missed three starts during that time. In Belgium in 2001 the race was stopped after four laps following a serious crash involving Jaguar’s Eddie Irvine and Prost’s Luciano Burti. Those opening laps, during which Kimi suffered a transmission failure, were nullified and the Finn didn’t take the re-
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However, it will do so without one of the sport’s greatest legends, a man who embodied all of those sublime characteristics and more – Niki Lauda.
The sad news of Niki’s passing this week, at the age of 70, robs Formula 1 of one of its most charismatic figures. Three-
For example Formula 1 Managing Director, Motorsport, Ross Brawn, -
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