Formula 1 heads to the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend as the sport once again descends on the Principality for round 7 of the 2022 world championship.
The street circuit in Monte-Carlo is one of the most iconic venues in all of motorsport and every driver wants to win this one, even if the race is sometimes a little processional.
The new cars are going to be fascinating to watch around the twists and turns, meanwhile, and that factor is what kicks off our big questions edition this time around…
Will the new cars spice up the racing?
So far this season, it’s been apparent that the new rules and regulations have indeed brought extra overtaking and excitement to races.
At Monaco, though, the ultimate test is about to be thrown down – can the cars follow each other close enough to try and take advantage of the few overtaking openings there are at the circuit like out of the tunnel and into the first corner?
Or, will the cars just be too big?
Can Charles Leclerc snap his Monaco curse?
Charles Leclerc has had no luck at his home Grand Prix, and that was rather summed up earlier this month by having brake failure in a famous Niki Lauda Ferrari and crashing it at the circuit.
He took pole last year but an incident in qualifying meant he could not start the race due to a technical error and now, after retiring in Spain, he will be desperate for his luck to change at long last around the streets of his home country.
Will Mercedes keep improving?
Toto Wolff has suggested that Mercedes might not show massive amounts of progress this weekend but, even so, it’s a chance for them to see just how far their car is coming along.
Things looked a great deal better in Spain last time out and both drivers were pleased with the weekend’s work and the upgrades that were brought in.
Mercedes had bad luck last year in Monte-Carlo, will they be able to change that feeling with a positive result here?
Will Sergio Perez strike back?
Many felt sorry for Sergio Perez last Sunday as he had to give up the lead of the Spanish Grand Prix – though it kind of looked inevitable anyway given he was on more worn tyres compared to Max Verstappen.
He’ll be double keen to try and show that he is not on the grid to play rear-gunner this weekend, though, and will be itching for a good performance to try and close the gap in the Drivers’ standings.
Will rain play its part?
There are forecasts around suggesting a 60-80% chance of rain this Sunday at the Monaco Grand Prix, and that normally turns what could be a procession into a demolition derby.
The drivers are the best in the world and seeing them take on Monaco in the wet is about as awesome as it gets – and that’s something we could be treated to this very weekend.