Welcome to the sixth round of the 2013 Formula One World Championship season at the Circuit de Monaco. At least seven drivers head to the principality this weekend with a chance of victory and with the top-3 being separated by only 17 points, either Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen or Fernando Alonso could come out it leading the championship. The circuit has featured on the Fomula One calendar since 1950 and has since remained relatively unchanged. The fast-flowing Beau Rivage, snail-pace Fairmont Hairpin and the Rascasse are just three names of a handful of universally-recognised corners that make up the Circuit de Monaco. Moreso than any other race on the calendar, perfection is paramount around these Monegasque streets.
Previous winners of the Monaco Grand Prix include Mark Webber (2012 and 2010), Sebastian Vettel (2011), Jenson Button (2009), Lewis Hamilton (2008), Fernando Alonso (2007 and 2006), Kimi Raikkonen (2005).
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Spanish Grand Prix Recap
Fernando Alonso took gold in front of his home crowd, closing the championship gap to Sebastian Vettel by 13 points. Kimi Raikkonen scored his third consecutive second-place ahead of Alonso’s team-mate Massa. Ferrari’s podium double put them ahead of Lotus in the Constructors’ Championship.
Red Bull struggled for pace throughout the weekend, eventually finishing fourth (Vettel) and fifth (Webber).
After securing a dominant one-two in qualifying, both Mercedes drivers fell back throughout the race. Rosberg finished in sixth place, almost 70 seconds behind Alonso, while Hamilton came home a disappointing 12th and over a lap behind.
Further down the field di Resta secured his fourth points-place of the season, leading home rival Mercedes-engined McLaren drivers Jenson Button (eighth) and Sergio Perez (ninth).
Daniel Ricciardo recorded his second points finish of the year, holding off a charging Esteban Gutierrez in the final laps.
As they have for the past two seasons, Pirelli will be bring the Super-Soft and Soft compound tyres to the Monaco Grand Prix. These are the two softest compounds and will provide maximum grip to the drivers around the streets of Monte Carlo. The tyre supplier isn’t expecting degradation like was seen in Spain two weeks ago as this track generally has lower degradation rates than others on the calendar.
The driver makes over 130 significant steering inputs during every lap at the Monaco Grand Prix, changing gear on average every 50 metres.
Paul Hembery, Motorsport Director at Pirelli, said of this weekend’s outlook,
“The last race in Spain was won from lower down on the grid than it has ever been won before, so it will be interesting to see if this pattern can repeat itself in Monaco: a track that is renowned for being difficult to overtake on.”
“In the past we have seen drivers trying completely different strategies yet ending up very close to each other at the finish.”
Drag Reduction System
Drivers will be able to use the Drag Reduction System between turns 18 and one. As it has been since the introduction of the system in 2011, there will be no DRS zone in the tunnel between corners eight and 10.
There are only two races on the 2013 calendar that will feature a single DRS zone: The Monaco Grand Prix and the Japanese Grand Prix.
Weather Predictions suggest sunshine throughout the weekend, with a chance of showers interfering with Saturday’s qualifying.