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2024 Monaco Grand Prix :monaco:

Circuit de Monaco | Monte Carlo | Monaco | Sunday, 26 May

2024 F1 Season - Round 8 (Grand Prix 8 of 24)

Last year saw rain in Monaco cause a lot of chaos in the second half of the race, turning what is often a fairly processional race through the narrow streets of the Principality, on it’s head. Multiple contacts from the first lap. Ferrari applied a late double stack pit strategy for Inters which cost Leclerc the podium. Sainz smacked into Ocon, bitched about Ferrari’s pit strategy, and spun twice. Stroll had problems after his front wing got lodged under is wheels. Even mighty Max picked up a bit of contact but managed to save his car from retirement. Ocon and Alpine had their best result for the year (and since!) All told, not a totally boring race:

Just the Facts

  • First Grand Prix – 1950
  • Track Length – 3.337km
  • Lap Record – 1:12.909, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2021
  • Most Poles – Ayrton Senna (5)
  • Most Wins – Ayrton Senna (6)
  • Pole to Turn 1 – 142 metres
  • Overtakes in 2023 – 36
  • Safety Car Probability – 57%
  • Virtual Safety Car Probability – 43%
  • Pit Stop Time Loss – 19.2 seconds

Last Race (2023)

  • Pole Position: Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT, 1:11.365
  • Fastest Race Lap: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:15.650

2023 Podium

  1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT
  2. Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes
  3. Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault

Last Five Monaco GP Pole-sitters

  • 2023 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 2022 – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  • 2021 – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  • 2019 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2018 – Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

Last Five Monaco GP Winners

  • 2023 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 2022 – Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
  • 2021 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 2019 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2018 – Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

The Schedule

Decent afternoon and early evening times for the action on circuit this weekend:


The Circuit

Jolyon Palmer, former Renault F1 driver: Monaco is a beautiful circuit and a true driver’s track. It feels like madness in an F1 car; even in comparison to other street circuits it’s so narrow, the roads are cambered, it’s tight and twisty and there are challenges everywhere…

I love coming out of Sainte Devote, Turn 1, which is a challenge in its own right. It’s so steep at the exit, you’re looking at the sky going to Massenet and Casino. You’ve got to hug the inside line at Massenet, otherwise you skittle into the barriers on the outside.

The hairpin is a little bit more straightforward, but you feel like you’re in there for an eternity, bouncing your way through as it’s all really bumpy.

You flash out of the tunnel and pick a braking point for the chicane, where you’ve got to get as close as you can to the armco on the left-hand side. Occasionally you see people getting too greedy and just nibbling it, causing a puncture and a bit of damage.

You also see so many people going straight through the chicane, especially early on in practice, just trying to find the right braking point. It’s one of the few places where you have a little bit of room for error, so people will take it the fastest.


The Weather Forecast

As it stands, there is a threat of some showers hitting the track on Friday and Saturday, potentially causing some drama in qualifying, but conditions are expected to be pleasant and sunny for the race.


The Tyres

Pirelli have chosen their softest three compounds – the C3, C4 and C5 – for this weekend’s action in Monaco, with the tyre manufacturer noting that the track “has a particularly smooth surface, given it is in daily use for road cars, and so the tyres must provide as much grip as possible”.

Indeed, the tyres experience some of the lowest forces seen across the season on Monte Carlo’s streets, thanks to a very low average speed around the 3.337-kilometre venue, and just under a third of the lap being spent at full throttle.

But there will still be stress to consider in the traction zones, with 78 twisting and turning laps to get through on Sunday, while graining can also cause some problems, particularly over the first couple of days when the track is rubbering in.

As for strategy, the only viable option is a one-stop, as drivers extend their opening stints and look to gain from any potential Safety Car periods – four of the last seven races in the Principality having been neutralised.

Prior to the race, qualifying is even more important than usual, with overtaking extremely difficult around the barrier-lined circuit, meaning track position is often maintained unless reliability issues or the aforementioned Safety Car make an appearance.


More News and Info

Stay on top of it all the news over on the official F1 site: Monaco Grand Prix 2024 - F1 Race (formula1.com)


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Gunther is probably happy he’s not team boss anymore

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Frikken Haas’s killed my F1 Fantasy run - looking at -70 points for having both drivers in my lineup. But it don’t matter one iota because my man Chuck got the win!! Forza Charles!!

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Yeah, this was a terribly boring race that was absolutely worth watching for seeing Charles take his first Monaco win.

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Hahaha yeah boring race but best outcome haha. You almost hoped it stayed boring XD

Le Cleeeeeerc! Finally man. Get that monkey off your back! Even Prince Albert was shedding a tear :sweat_smile:

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Ocon out!

I am shocked

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No chill… Can’t surely be just for the weekend? That was probably just either final nail or a good opportunity

Sergio is safe

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2026 regulations are out. “Agile, competitive, safer and more sustainable”.

From 2026 onwards Formula 1 will have:

  • More agile cars, which are 30kg lighter and thus better able to battle on track
  • A redesigned power unit featuring increased battery power and an even split between internal combustion engine and electric power plus the use of 100% sustainable fuels
  • Active aerodynamics in the form of moveable front and rear wings to allow for closer racing
  • Increased overtaking opportunities through the introduction of a new system that gives drivers a short burst of additional battery power when within one second of the car in front
  • Improved safety through stronger structures and even tougher tests
  • Commitment from a record number of six power unit manufacturers






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2024 Canadian Grand Prix :canada:

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve | Montreal | Canada | Sunday, 9 June

2024 F1 Season - Round 9 (Grand Prix 9 of 24)

I hope Williams have a spare chassis available for this weekend. They, and others, are probably going to need them… The weather forecast for the Montreal weekend shows a 60% chance of showers for the whole weekend. It’s possible that every session this weekend will be run in wet conditions.

Just the Facts

  • First Grand Prix – 1967 (Mosport)
  • Track Length – 4.361km
  • Lap record – 1m 13.078s, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, 2019
  • Most pole positions – Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton (6)
  • Most wins – Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton (7)
  • Pole run to Turn 1 braking point – 186 metres
  • Overtakes completed in 2023 – 46
  • Safety Car probability – 67%
  • Virtual Safety Car probability – 67%
  • Pit stop time loss – 18.35 seconds (including 2.5s stop)

Trivia

  • Canada played host to the longest race in F1 history in 2011, with the clock stopping at four hours, four minutes and 39 seconds

Last Five Poles

  • 2023 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 2022 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 2019 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • 2018 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • 2017 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Last Five Winners

  • 2023 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 2022 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 2019 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2018 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • 2017 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

The Schedule

North American day time for the race events this weekend means so late evening race viewing for us:


The Circuit

Jolyon Palmer (former Renault F1 driver)

Canada is a really nice track to drive and you get a sense of atmosphere going around it. Overhanging trees give it the feel of a park and it feels like a street circuit – in essence, it is.

There are a lot of slow-speed corners, the walls are very close in a lot of places, but it’s a great racetrack. You need a good front-end to get your car turned into the chicanes, which are pretty much everywhere.

Then there’s the hairpin, which launches you into an overtaking area at the final chicane. If not there, maybe you’ll have a little sniff of something into Turn 1. Turns 1 and 2 are pretty tricky because you’re approaching Turn 1 very, very fast, arcing to the right as you’re braking, and then hurling speed to the left.

If you have any sort of moment coming to Turn 1, you’re really off-line or cutting the corner down towards Turn 2. And tyre warm-up sometimes isn’t ideal here, particularly on chillier days in Montreal.


The Weather

A cold and wet weekend is being predicted for Montreal. With rain likelihood forecast at over 50% on all three days of the event, it’s highly likely that there’ll be a lot of wet weather tyres being used.

Friday - FP1 & FP2
Conditions: Showery weather expected, depending on the position of a low pressure area.
FP1: 21°C // FP2: 23°C
Chance of rain: 60%

Saturday - FP3 & Qualifying
Conditions: Showery weather expected, with temperatures to decrease.
FP3: 18°C // Q: 19°C
Chance of rain: 60%

Sunday - Race
Conditions: Low pressure system slowly moving westward. Showery weather prevailing at this range.
RACE: 20°C
Chance of rain: 60%



The Tyres

The entire track has been resurfaced for this year and the kerbs have been replaced.

On paper, the track’s existing characteristics of low abrasiveness and therefore reduced grip should remain the same, but the real indications will have to wait until the Pirelli engineers carry out their first measurement tests on Wednesday.

For most of the year, the track is only used by people on foot or cyclists and so lap times generally drop significantly as the cars rubber-in the surface. Graining might also occur, especially on Friday and particularly with the softer compounds.

The tyres are subjected to very low lateral forces, although the longitudinal ones are greater, but overall, Montreal is one of the easiest tracks of the season on tyres.


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I don’t think we’ll see a F1 Grand Prix in South Africa for a while… This week’s Beyond the Grid F1 podcast is with CEO of Liberty Media, Greg Maffei.

In the interview he is asked about where he would like to see the sport head next. He says:

“Well, I think we have we certainly tried to do one in Africa, have not been successful, it would be great to put one there.

“We went a long way down the road with South Africa. We were not able to put that deal together, we were not able to make that work, but continue to look."







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But what will they sound like? That’s an important question

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Yuki on the VCARB payroll for at least another year.

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Ai yay yay… What a race to forget for the rooies. Lekke points for some of the other teams with 5 DNFs.
Seems like Merc is properly in the mix now too XD

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Yeah, definitely one to forget for the Tifosi. Thought I had travelled back in time to Clowntown for a moment. Maybe the rain caused the brains to glitch?

Sergio may have a 2 year extension on his contract, but if he carries on being so kak he could still land up being demoted. Red Bull are loving Yuki at the moment, and if DRic continues to improve and show his true value, it wouldn’t shock me to see Sergio in a VCARB. If Sergio doesn’t improve things, we might even see a Red Bull driver swap this year still.

On a similar subject, who are the Williams reserve drivers? Because Sargeant might not make the rest of season at all either. He must be costing the team a frikken fortune in repair and replacement parts costs. He drives like me - lots of promise, occasional flashes of excellence, and then, crash, boom, bang. (Randomly, I wonder if there’s a way Mercedes could buy out his contract and get Antonelli into that seat for the rest of the season to give him an intro into the big, bad F1 world before he slots into the Merc seat next year?)

Either way though, a thrill a minute race for a change with multiple incidents, plenty of overtaking, some great - and some kak! - strategy calls, and some close battles. Worth a watch of you have an F1TV subscription, or just the highlights if not.

Back to racing in Europe in two weeks time for the first round of the Spain - Austria - Great Britain triple header.

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