Formula One - Monaco Grand Prix Preview

The Sports NetworkMay 20, 2014 

Date: Sunday, May 25

Start Time: 8 a.m. ET

Site: Circuit de Monaco -- Monte Carlo, Monaco

Track: 3.340 km (2.075 miles) 19-turn temporary street course

Laps: 78

Miles: 161.887 (260.520 km)

Capacity: 100,000+

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 72nd (61st as a Formula One sanctioned event)

On TV: NBC

Announcers:

On Radio:

Race record: Fernando Alonso, 2007 (1 hr., 40 mins., 29.329 secs.)

Qualifying record: Sebastian Vettel, 2011 (1 min., 13.556 secs.)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Nico Rosberg

Runner up: Sebastian Vettel

Pole winner: Nico Rosberg (1:13.876)

Top 10:

1. Nico Rosberg (Start: 1)

2. Sebastian Vettel (3)

3. Mark Webber (4)

4. Lewis Hamilton (2)

5. Adrian Sutil (8)

6. Jenson Button (9)

7. Fernando Alonso (6)

8. Jean-Eric Vergne (10)

9. Paul di Resta (17)

10. Kimi Raikkonen (5)

Average speed: 113.378 kph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 17 mins., 52.056 secs.

Margin of victory: 3.888 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

Past winners

2013 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 113.378 kph/2:17:52.056

2012 Mark Webber, Red Bull Renault, 147.312 kph/1:46:06.557

2011 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault, 120.574 kph/2:09:38.373

2010 Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault, 141.814 kph/1:50:13.555

2009 Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes, 154.857 kph/1:40:44.282

2008 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 126.171 kph/2:00:42.742

2007 Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 155.551 kph/1:40:29.329

2006 Fernando Alonso, Renault, 150.707 kph/1:43:43.116

2005 Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren, 148.582 kph/1:45:15.556

2004 Jarno Trulli, Renault, 145.880 kph/1:45:46.601

2003 Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams-BMW, 152.772 kph/1:42:19.010

2002 David Coulthard, McLaren, 1:45:39.055

2001 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:47:22.561

2000 David Coulthard, McLaren, 1:49:28.213

1999 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:49:31.812

1998 Mika Hakkinen, McLaren, 1:51:23.595

1997 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2:00:05.654

1996 Olivier Panis, Ligier, 2:00:45.629

1995 Michael Schumacher, Benetton, 1:53:11.258

1994 Michael Schumacher, Benetton, 1:49:55.372

1993 Ayrton Senna, McLaren, 1:52:10.947

1992 Ayrton Senna, McLaren, 1:50:59.372

1991 Ayrton Senna, McLaren, 1:53:02.334

1990 Ayrton Senna, McLaren, 1:52:46.982

1989 Ayrton Senna, McLaren, 1:53:33.251

1988 Alain Prost, McLaren, 1:57:17.077

1987 Ayrton Senna, Lotus, 1:57:54.085

1986 Alain Prost, McLaren, 1:55:41.060

1985 Alain Prost, McLaren, 1:51:58.034

1984 Alain Prost, McLaren, 1:01:07.740

1983 Keke Rosberg, Williams, 1:56:38.121

1982 Riccardo Patrese, Brabham, 1:54:11.259

1981 Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari, 1:54:23.38

1980 Carlos Reutemann, Williams, 1:55:34.365

1979 Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, 1:55:22.48

1978 Patrick Depailler, Tyrrell, 1:55:14.66

1977 Jody Scheckter, Wolf, 1:57:52.77

1976 Niki Lauda, Ferrari, 1:59:51.47

1975 Niki Lauda, Ferrari, 2:01:21.31

1974 Ronnie Peterson, Lotus, 1:58:03.7

1973 Jackie Stewart, Tyrrell, 1:57:44.3

1972 Jean-Pierre Beltoise, BRM, 2:26:54.7

1971 Jackie Stewart, Tyrrell, 1:52:21.3

1970 Jochen Rindt, Lotus, 1:54:36.6

1969 Graham Hill, Lotus, 1:56:59.4

1968 Graham Hill, Lotus, 2:00:32.3

1967 Denny Hulme, Brabham, 2:34:34.3

1966 Jackie Stewart, BRM, 2:33:10.5

1965 Graham Hill, BRM, 2:37:39.6

1964 Graham Hill, BRM, 2:41:19.5

1963 Graham Hill, BRM, 2:41:49.7

1962 Bruce McLaren, Cooper, 2:46:29.7

1961 Stirling Moss, Lotus, 2:45:50.1

1960 Stirling Moss, Lotus, 2:53:45.5

1959 Jack Brabham, Cooper, 2:55:51.3

1958 Maurice Trintignant, Cooper, 2:52:27.9

1957 Juan Manuel Fangio, Maserati, 3:10:12.8

1956 Stirling Moss, Maserati, 3:00:32.9

1955 Maurice Trintignant, Ferrari, 2:58:09.8

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1950 Juan Manuel Fangio, Alfa Romeo, 3:13:16.7

Last race

Race: Spanish Grand Prix (May 11)

Site: Circuit de Catalunya -- Barcelona, Spain

Miles: 190.825 (307.104 km)

Laps: 66

Finish line order: Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas

Time of Race: 1 hr., 41 mins., 5.155 secs.

Average speed: 182.282 kph

Margin of victory: 0.636 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

Lap leaders:

Entry list

#1 Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ) Red Bull Racing-Renault

#3 Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia) Red Bull Racing-Renault

#4 Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Marussia-Ferrari

#6 * Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany) Mercedes

#7 Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland) Ferrari

#8 Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland) Lotus-Renault

#9 Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden) Caterham-Renault

#10 Kamui Kobayashi (Hyogo, Japan) Caterham-Renault

#11 Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico) Force India-Mercedes

#13 Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela) Lotus-Renault

#14 Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain) Ferrari

#17 Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Marussia-Ferrari

#19 Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Williams-Mercedes

#20 Kevin Magnussen (Roskilde, Denmark) McLaren-Mercedes

#21 Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico Sauber-Ferrari

#22 Jenson Button (Frome, England) McLaren-Mercedes

#25 Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France) Toro Rosso-Renault

#26 Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia) Toro Rosso-Renault

#27 Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany) Force India-Mercedes

#44 Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England) Mercedes

#77 Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland) Williams-Mercedes

#99 Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany) Sauber-Ferrari

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Nico Rosberg Ret 12 Ret 6 7 11 2 Won
Sebastian Vettel 5 Ret 2 Won 4 2
Lewis Hamilton 2 Won 12 5 6 5 4
Jenson Button 11 11 11 Won Ret 3 16 6
Fernando Alonso 4 Won Won 10 7 6 2 3 7
Kimi Raikkonen Won Ret 8 9 3 9 10
Daniel Ricciardo Ret Ret

Notes

The Monaco Grand Prix is round 6 of the 2014 Formula One season. It is also considered as the most prestigious event on the F1 calendar.

The Monaco GP is held annually on the streets in world-famous Monte Carlo. The 2.075-mile, 19-turn circuit winds its way through the narrow streets, starting with the first corner from Ste-Devote, then moves uphill to the steep hill of Beau Rivage and plunges back down to the Mirabeau Hotel before heading into the tunnel and chicane, located along the illustrious harbor side. It wraps up at the tricky Loews hairpin.

Monte Carlo is one of the most difficult circuits, where overtaking has virtually been impossible. Therefore, track position for the Monaco GP is critical. Qualifying there is most important, with the pole sitter taking nine of the last 10 races, including the previous five (2009-13).

The last 17 Monaco GPs have been won from a starting position no worse than third.

The furthest back a driver has started and won this race is 14th, accomplished by Olivier Panis in 1996. Just four of the 21 drivers who started the race that year were running when the checkered flag waved. The event featured wet weather, numerous crashes and mechanical failures.

Ayrton Senna won the most Monaco GPs with six, including five consecutive victories from 1989-93. Senna's first win in this race came in 1987.

Michael Schumacher and Graham Hill won the Monaco GP five times each.

Six active drivers -- Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg -- have won the Monaco GP in the past. Alonso is the only one of the six who has multiple victories in this race (2006 and '07).

Nine drivers scored their maiden F1 wins in the Monaco GP: Juan Manuel Fangio (1950), Maurice Trintignant (1955), Jack Brabham (1959), Denny Hulme (1967), Jean-Pierre Beltoise (1972), Patrick Depailler (1978), Riccardo Patrese (1982), Panis (1996) and Jarno Trulli (2004).

McLaren has the most constructor victories in the Monaco GP with 15, followed by Ferrari with eighth and Lotus with seven. Lotus scored its inaugural F1 win in the 1960 Monaco GP.

Round 7 in this year's F1 world championship is the June 8 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Sebastian Vettel is the defending race winner.

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