Monaco GP track stats hand boost to Charles Leclerc as Ferrari star prepares for home race

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THE Monaco Grand Prix is among the most iconic races on the planet, and F1 drivers can be dreaming of standing atop the rostrum come Sunday.

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The Monaco Grand Prix is among the marquee races on the Components 1 calendar – and the observe statistics present that overtaking alternatives are minimal whereas the entrance row is the most effective place to be if the driving force harbours hopes of victory. It means Ferrari star Charles Leclerc can be hoping so as to add to his sensational 2021 pole with one other effective efficiency in qualifying to set him up for Sunday’s race.

Leclerc is trying to reclaim the lead within the Drivers’ Championship after shedding it to reigning world champion Max Verstappen following the Spanish Grand Prix. The Dutchman took the chequered flag solely after Leclerc – who had been main comfortably – suffered deadly engine points. 

Monaco, the place the place Leclerc grew up and continues to reside, might show to be the most effective place for the 24-year-old to rediscover the successful feeling, however he might want to benefit from the actual fact he’s favorite to safe pole place. Overtakes come at a premium in Monte-Carlo; the Circuit de Monaco noticed a mean of 11.66 overtakes in races between 2014-16 however this statistic dropped to only 2.75 overtakes on common from 2017.

Qualifying for Monaco is subsequently extremely essential, with over 68 per cent of all races having been received from the entrance row. In reality, every of the final three Monaco Grands Prix has seen only one race chief all through all the occasion – Verstappen in 2021, Lewis Hamilton in 2019 and Daniel Ricciardo in 2018.

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Monaco GP track stats hand boost to Charles Leclerc as Ferrari star prepares for home race

Charles Leclerc is hoping to reclaim the lead within the Drivers’ Championship in Monaco this weekend (Picture: GETTY)

So as to add to the distinctiveness of the weekend, Monaco stays simply the shortest circuit on the F1 calendar. It’s the solely observe that doesn’t adhere to the FIA’s mandated minimal circuit size of three.5km, coming in at 3.337km.

The FIA additionally has a minimal race distance rule of 305km, which Monaco can be exempt from. The Monaco Grand Prix lasts round 260km over a mega 78 laps. 

When Leclerc secured pole in Monaco final 12 months, he dragged Ferrari stage with McLaren for essentially the most qualifying poles across the iconic observe with 11 – and the Monegasque star can be determined to maneuver Ferrari previous their historic rivals, together with teammate Carlos Sainz. The 24-year-old might additionally turn into the primary driver to safe successive poles across the principality since Nico Rosberg in 2013 and 2014.

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Monaco GP track stats hand boost to Charles Leclerc as Ferrari star prepares for home race

Charles Leclerc crashed his Ferrari however nonetheless completed on pole in Monaco in 2021 (Picture: GETTY)

Verstappen will even be racing for a shot at historical past. The Dutchman might turn into the primary Pink Bull driver to win 4 successive races since four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel’s unimaginable run of 9 consecutive wins in 2013 if he takes victory on Sunday.

If Verstappen misses out on the win however claims a spot on the rostrum, he’ll transfer stage with Vettel’s whole of 65 podiums with Pink Bull. The German has received in Monaco earlier than, becoming a member of Fernando Alonso, Ricciardo, Verstappen and Hamilton as present drivers who’ve tasted victory in Monaco.

Hamilton has received the Monaco Grand Prix on three events to go together with two pole positions, and the Mercedes star can be dreaming of including to his resume on Sunday. The 22-race F1 2022 marketing campaign – which is predicted to return to a document 23 races within the close to future as soon as a Russian Grand Prix substitute is discovered – continues with the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte-Carlo on Could 29.

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