F1 Database preview: our form guide to the 2018 Monaco Grand Prixby Peter Higham on 24th May 2018
Previewing the Spanish Grand Prix with statistics from the database
Ayrton Senna remains the most successful driver in the history of the Monaco Grand Prix with six victories, whereas no one on Sunday’s grid has won the race more than twice.
McLaren has more wins than any other team (15), followed by Ferrari (10), but McLaren has not won on the streets of the Principality for 10 years.
Lewis Hamilton is one of those drivers with two victories to his name and he has always finished in his 11 starts. He was only seventh last year after failing to make it through to Q3, but the championship leader has a record of 30 successive points finishes.
Sebastian Vettel’s two wins include that he earned in the 2017 race, and he has scored a podium finish in five of his 10 visits so far. Ferrari team-mate Kimi Räikkönen, who won in 2005, qualified on pole position last year for his only pole since 2008. Fernando Alonso scored back-to-back victories in 2006 and 2007 and he finished fifth in 2016, the last time he raced in Monaco. That equalled his best result at any GP during the McLaren-Honda years.
This will be Red Bull’s 250th Formula 1 start and Daniel Ricciardo has finished the last four Monaco GPs in the top five since joining the team. It was here in 2016 when the Australian recorded the only pole position of his F1 career but was denied victory by a botched pitstop. In-form Haas driver Kevin Magnussen has started the Monaco GP on three occasions and finished was in 2014 and 2017.
Sergio Pérez has started four of the last five Monaco GPs from seventh on the grid, and he finished third in 2016.
Carlos Sainz has always scored points here – finishing sixth last year for Toro Rosso. Charles Leclerc will become the first Monégasque national to start his home race since Olivier Beretta finished eighth for Larrousse in 1994.
Nine of the last 10 Monaco GPs have had a safety car or virtual safety car period – 2009 being the exception. Rain is rare, however, having affected the race just three times in the last 20 years – 2008, 2012 and 2016.