2019 Formula 1 season, Round 6
Monaco Grand Prix
Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
Sunday 26 May 2019
Valtteri Bottas will look for a return to winning form when the 2019 Formula 1 season holds Round 6, the Monaco Grand Prix, on Sunday 26 May.
Bottas looked well on course to claim a second straight victory and a third third season when he started on pole at the Spanish GP earlier this month. However, a clutch issue at the start saw him overtaken by Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who sent on to claim the race win.
Bottas came home in second (assuring the ‘Silver Arrows’ of an unprecedented fifth straight 1-2 finish) but that was not enough t prevent him dropping behind Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
The Finnish racer will be determined to get back on top in the battle against his teammate, as well as pushing for a first-ever win at Monaco – which in itself would be a major career highlight for the 29-year-old.
The key to victory at Monaco is qualifying and getting off the line quickly to control the pace from the front of the pack (as overtaking is notoriously difficult on the tight, twisty circuit).
Bottas showed at the last round in Barcelona that he can do the former; if he can add the latter to his repertoire then victory and a return to the top of the standings will be within his grasp.
2019 F1 season – Drivers’ Championship, top three
1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 112 points
2 – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 105 points
3 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 66 points
2019 F1 season – Constructors’ Championship, top three
1 – Mercedes – 217 points
2 – Ferrari – 121
3 – Red Bull Racing-Honda – 87
Monaco Grand Prix details
First held: 1929
Number of times held: 76
Most wins (driver): Ayrton Senna, 6
Most wins (constructor): McLaren, 15
Circuit length: 3.337km
Race length: 260.286km
Number of laps: 78
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Last five Monaco Grand Prix winners
2018 – Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
2017 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2016 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2014 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
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