Monaco Grand Prix: Three things to expect from F1’s iconic race this weekend

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It's been high fives all round for Mercedes this season as they have a clean sweep of all five races so far.

Not only have they taken the checkered flag at every race, but they have finished first and second in all of them, had four pole positions and two of the fastest laps. The big question now is how long will this dominance continue?

Ferrari trail in the Constructors' Championship a distant second, 96 points adrift and have only managed three podiums all season with both drivers falling behind Max Verstappen, who is third in the Drivers' Championship.

The F1 whirlwind now moves to Monaco for the most prestigious race on the calendar.

The glitz and glamour may well be subdued with the sad passing of Niki Lauda earlier this week. Tributes will undoubtedly be paid to a man who won three world championships, 25 races and had back-to-back Monaco Grands Prix victories for Ferrari in 1975 and 1976.

The road circuit is notoriously difficult to overtake and with the weather forecast clear of rain, qualifying will be of key importance, with the pole sitter winning seven of the last 10 races.

GIVEMEBET looks at what the weekend could have in store:

  • There are some parallels to be drawn between the Spanish Grand Prix and conditions in Monaco, with sector three performance in Barcelona a good barometer of potential Monaco success. Last year it was Daniel Ricciardo who took pole and victory in Monaco after being fastest through sector three in Spain. As a pointer, Valtteri Bottas was quickest in qualifying in Barcelona through the final sector. Bottas to win the race is 9/4.
  • Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Räikkönen will be making his 300th Grand Prix drive this weekend. During his career he has amassed 21 wins and 103 podiums, winning the 2007 World Championship with Ferrari and stood atop the podium for McLaren in 2005 Monaco Grand Prix. Life has been tougher for the flying Finn this season, with a disappointing 14th place finish in Barcelona due to a trip to the gravel on lap 1. Nevertheless, he has finished in the top 10 in four of the first five races this season and will be looking for a points finish again this weekend. Räikkönen to finish in the top 10 is 19/10.
  • While the Silver Arrows have been dominant over the rest of the field, they have been nip and tuck with each other. The biggest winning margin has been 20 seconds in the opening race in Melbourne, but since then neither driver has won by more than 6.5 seconds. Given the tight track in Monaco, drivers can get close but not close enough to overtake and drop back in the closing stages. The average winning margin in the last five Monaco GPs is 5.3 seconds, only going below four seconds and above eight seconds one time apiece. Winning margin of 4-8 seconds is 5/2.

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