Valtteri Bottas looks for return to winning form

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.

Lewis Hamilton claimed victory at the Spanish GP earlier in the month

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.

Bottas has never won at the Monaco Grand Prix before

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.

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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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Published: 05/22/2019