This weekend the spectacle that is Formula 1 heads to the luxury playground of Monte Carlo for the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix, one of the most important and prestigious races, not only on the F1 calendar, but in the whole world.

The narrow roads of the famous street circuit, with all its elevation changes, tight corners and trademark tunnel, creates plenty of drama each year and 2011 is expected to be no different. Drivers will complete 78 laps of the 2.08 mile track for a total 161.88 miles.

A recent truck fire at Ste-Devote, near the first corner of the race, managed to cause some damage to the asphalt of the track though it has been repaired. There could be some seeping of oil because the asphalt is not fully cured, but drivers will get a chance to practice on the newly resurfaced section over the next couple of days.

Going into this weekend’s race, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel remains on track for the second championship title of his short career, going into the race with 118 points in the Drivers’ Championship, followed by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton on 77 points and Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber on 67 points.

As for the Constructors’ Championship, topping the field is of course Red Bull Racing on 185 points, followed by McLaren on 138 points and Ferrari on 75 points.

Stay tuned for our full coverage of the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix this weekend and our complete race coverage on Monday.

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