This weekend the spectacle that is Formula One heads to the luxury playground of Monaco for its annual grand prix race. The Monaco Grand Prix is one the drivers always look forward to more than most, because of everything this race entails including its history and prestige, its difficult layout and, of course, the massive media attention and glamor.
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 2014’s race is expected to be no different. Furthermore, the weather isn’t looking too great, though things should remain dry for Sunday’s race.
Drivers will complete 78 laps of the 2.08 mile track for a total 161.88 miles, and they’ll need to be wary of the exit from the tunnel because part of the circuit has been resurfaced this year.
Pirelli’s P Zero Red supersoft tires make their debut at this round, alongside the soft tires that have already been seen in three of the five races that have been held so far. With Monaco having the lowest average lap speed of the year, as well as the slowest corners of the season, the cars rely almost entirely on mechanical rather than aerodynamic grip—which is generated only by the tires.
As always in Monaco, qualifying will be critical, as will race strategy to ensure that track position is maintained. Last year's winner was Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg.
Going into the weekend, Mercedes AMG driver Lewis Hamilton leads the 2014 Drivers’ Championship with 100 points versus the 97 of Nico Rosberg and 49 of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes AMG leads with 197 points followed by Red Bull Racing on 84 and Ferrari on 66.