Round Six of the 2015 Formula One World Championship takes us to the French Riviera for the annual Monaco Grand Prix. Read on for my preview to the historic race.
It’s time for the glitz and the glamour to hit the paddock as Formula One travels to the principality for the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix. Once again the streets of Monaco will provide the battle ground for one of the most glamorous races in all of motorsport, but also one of the most historic having been on the F1 calendar since the inaugural season in 1950.
Since the birth of Formula One, the streets of Monaco have provided the world with a circuit demanding everything a driver has. But not only will the 3.34km circuit lined with Armco barriers keep the drivers on the edge of their seats, the spectacular mariner views gives the race a glorious backdrop. Even when the occasion storm drifts in, and rain is expected this weekend.
If rain does fall on the streets of Monaco, the race where overtaking is hard to complete goes up a notch and the procession will form. But even if a queue starts to take shape, a daring driver can still make a lunge somewhere around the circuit.
Particularly out of the tunnel and towards the chicane. Here is probably the best, and almost only, place to attempt an overtake as it allows room for error if the overtake goes wrong. Elsewhere on the track you wont be so lucky and your race could be over in a blink of an eye. Nevertheless Saint devote, Portier and Rascasse all need 100% attention in order to keep pushing if you wish to close the gap to the car or cars ahead, or push further away from the chasing pack.
For the last two years Nico Rosberg has been claiming the win in Monaco. But in 2014 the race was marked with controversy when Nico locked up in qualifying and prevented Hamilton from challenging his time. Meaning the German took pole and could control the race. Nico was never charged with purposely preventing Lewis from setting a quicker time, but this moment provided a turning point in the season.
Nico himself will be looking for this race to be a turning point in his season as he only claimed his first win of the year last time out in Spain. Now he sits far behind his team-mate in the championship standings and in no position to switch the order up just yet, unless Hamilton is forced to retire.
As for Lewis, he could move further away from Rosberg with a win. Taking the win now would also put Hamilton in a position where he would retain the championship lead should he suffer a DNF in a future race. But if Lewis is to claim what would be his second Monaco win, he would have to take the chequered flag first around the principality for the first time since 2008.
Elsewhere in the field, McLaren may be looking at this race as the perfect chance to score their first points of the year and follow in Marussia’s footsteps after they claimed their first (and only) points in Formula One at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Like no other Formula One Grand Prix event, the action in Monaco begins on Thursday with practice one and two. Friday is then a rest day before normal order is resumed for Saturday and Sunday. SkySports will be providing exclusive coverage of all the F1 action live on TV, while BBC provide their usual radio and highlight coverage.
Wednesday 20th May
14:00 – Drivers’ Press Conference – Live
17:00 – Drivers’ Press Conference – Replay
20:45 – Paddock Uncut
21:00 – Classic Races – Monaco 1993
21:40 – Classic Races – Monaco 1994
Thursday 21st May
08:45 – Monaco GP Practice One – Live
11:00 – GP2 Practice – Live
12:45 – Monaco GP Practice Two – Live
15:10 – GP2 Qualifying – Live
16:00 – Team Principals’ Press Conference
17:00 – The F1 Show – Live
Friday 22nd May
10:10 – GP2 Feature Race – Live
17:00 – The F1 Show – Monaco Special – Live
18:00 – Tales from the Vault – Monaco special
19:00 – Classic Races – Monaco 2003
Saturday 23rd May
09:45 – Monaco GP Practice Three – Live
12:00 – Monaco GP Qualifying – Live
15:05 – GP2 Sprint Race – Live
08:20 – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook
Saturday 23rd May (BBC)
13:00 – Monaco GP Qualifying – Live (BBC Radio 5 Live)
17:10 – Monaco GP Qualifying – Highlights (BBC1)
Sunday 24th May
11:30 – The 2015 Monaco GP – Track Parade – Live
12:00 – The 2015 Monaco GP – Pit Lane – Live
12:30 – The 2015 Monaco GP – Race – Live
15:30 – The 2015 Monaco GP – Paddock Live
18:15 – Monaco GP highlights
19:15 – Ted’s Notebook
Sunday 24th May (BBC)
13:00 – The 2015 Monaco GP – Race – Live (BBC Radio 5 Live)
17:05 – The 2015 Monaco GP – Race – Highlights (BBC1)