May 26, 2022
Monaco Grand Prix is the crown jewel in the F1 Calendar. Miami can pretend to be Monaco or the ‘new’ Monaco all they want but with fake Marinas, police officer patrols and NFL-inspired podiums can keep Miami dreaming. Monaco’s street circuit is one of the oldest on the F1 calendar. It dates back to 1929 and has seen very few changes to its legendary layout. It is famous for its tight and twisty corners of which there are 19 of them. Formula 1 drivers must be extremely precise to navigate these corners, using a high downforce setup to ensure drivers can navigate their high-powered machines within millimeters of the barriers. A small error here can make those barriers very unforgiving as there are no run-off areas, so a safety car is very likely. That’s your first prop bet to take note of, and be sure to check out all other betting tips which can be found on our how to bet on Formula 1 page
Monaco is a race that fans consider boring. However, as does Barcelona and last weekend’s race at Circuit de Catalunya was full of surprises and memorable moments. It’s difficult to catch up and overtake around here because of the circuit’s narrowness and low speed. So because whoever is in pole position is most likely to win the race, this is your best betting option. Monaco is all about qualifying and for me, that’s the main highlight of the weekend. This circuit is mentally challenging for drivers as they need to stay focused and sharp at all times. If they lose their focus or push too hard it’s all over. So we have to take a look at who is fastest on a single lap and for me it’s none other than Charles Leclerc, the local hero. Charles put together a stunning lap last year, putting his Ferrari on pole at his home race all whilst Ferrari wasn’t the best car that year. Max arguably could have eclipsed Charles’ pole time of a 1:10.346 if Charles had not been greedy with the throttle in turns fifteen and sixteen. This caused him to crash into the wall at the end of qualifying, ending his session and earning him his pole. The accident that damaged his rear driveshaft though, which meant his car couldn’t even make it onto the grid the next day. That wasn’t the only time Charles was unhappy and unlucky at the Monaco Grand Prix. Here’s the full list.
As you can see the Monegasque F1 driver, has some form of curse or a dark cloud over his head, one which he’s looking to bury once and for all. This is why he’s my favorite pick to qualify on pole and to win the race. However, you should be cautious placing the above bet given the information above.
Max will be trying to extend the championship lead he gained at Barcelona last weekend and we know Max does a good qualifying lap. However, the Red Bull car prefers straight lines and speed over slow corners, something useless around here, so he will really need to gran that Red Bull by the horns and thrash it around Monaco, something which we know Max certainly isn’t afraid to do so. Lewis and George, his teammate, have a good chance of securing pole or even a podium with Mercedes’ new 2022 car. After suffering from a puncture in lap one, Lewis drove brilliantly through Barcelona. He was able to move from nineteenth to secure a fifth place finish. It was truly a champions’ drive. Lewis is undoubtably a legend, someone like him cannot be underestimated. He holds the record for fastest qualifying lap at 01:10.116 which took him to pole position for the 2019 Grand Prix, and after his performance last week, which must have given him extra confidence, he surely must be excited for this weekend’s Grand Prix. George Russel is also on a high after he finished third at Barcelona with his outstanding defensive driving. He seems to feel more comfortable in Mercedes although the silver arrows are a bit unstable and unpredictable in slow corners, though I don’t believe they will lose much time.
Apart from the usual suspects mentioned above, Sergio Perez who is looking to prove something after last week’s team orders took away a possible win from him, is someone I don’t want to discount. Lando Norris who’s a good driver around here is also someone to watch our for as Mclaren have a decent car, one that Lando can get the most out of. Carlos Sainz, his former teammate, will also be looking to replicate last years result and will be fighting for a podium, although he still needs some time to master his Ferrari.
This race will be heated, Leclerc wants to end his curse. Lewis holds the Monaco lap record. Max holds the race lap record. Perez must prove that he is not a number two driver. Two old team mates are now competing against each other. And don’t forget your prop wager on a safety car as It’s expected to rain in Monaco on Sunday. Nice.