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Formula One: Monaco Tips + Spot the missing Driver

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If we can take anything from the Spanish Grand Prix it is expect the unexpected, with that in mind, but with a sustained sense of reality, here are my top tips for the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

Qualifying.

With overtaking around the streets of Monaco almost impossible many see qualifying on Saturday as the real race over the weekend. Drivers will be looking to build momentum towards a performance crescendo in the session, expect drivers to be completing a lot more laps than typical qualifying sessions, and expect to hear a lot of complaints about traffic!

Qualifying pace is likely to come down to the team with the greatest ability to turn up performance over the weekend and the team most comfortable on the new Ultra Soft tyre compound. Mercedes elected not to run the tyre in testing, offering Red Bull and Ferrari hold an advantage. Odds of 10/1 are on offer for either Daniel Ricciardo or Max Verstappen to set pole, 12/1 for Vettel and interestingly 25/1 for Kimi Raikkonen. Kimi is quietly performing very well this year, currently sitting 2nd in the driver’s championship the SF16-H clearly suits his driving style. The 2007 champion and previous Monaco winner is long overdue a return to the front of the grid, with long odds like that he might be worth consideration.

Check out William Hill here for more.

Weather

The 5-day forecast predicts a 60% chance of rain for race day. Whilst this is still a bit far out, a rain affected Monaco Grand Prix often throws up interesting results, who can forget the 1996 race in which Olivier Panis won in a Ligier, and only 4 cars passed the finish line.

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Keep an eye on the weather forecast as the weekend progresses, should rain look likely come Friday I would look towards the drivers who have performed well around Monaco in junior series, such as the Renault duo of Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer as outsiders for an each way split as race winners (which would mean a payout at 1/3 odds for a podium finish) available at 2000/1

Check out William Hill here for more.

Red Bull Racing

Whilst the Mercedes team and drivers claim to have moved on from the race ending incident in Spain, pressure will be at an all time high heading into Monaco. Hamilton has not won a race since Austin 2015, and for one reason or another hasn’t been able to beat Nico around Monaco since they became teammates. Could the pressure to perform could prove too much and a repeat of the Spanish incident could be possible?

Red Bull Racing showed, as in 2014, when Mercedes slip up they will be there to pick up the pieces. With odds of 9/1 on either RBR driving taking the chequered flag, the Austrian team should be considered an option for the weekend.

Check out William Hill here for more.

 Mclaren

I’ve been talking about Mclaren’s Monaco prospects since before the Spanish Grand Prix (in this article and this one!) the same theory stands. Mclaren have pace on low speed corners, they have a strong chassis and a restored air of confidence. Alonso has commented Monaco should be the teams best race of the year.

With odds still available at 100/1 for Alonso and 150/1 for Button for a win. A punt on the team should be given serious thought. A win would still require retirements from the top teams and as we have seen that already this year this can not be ruled out. Taking an each way split or podium offering could be a winner.

Check out William Hill here for more.

Spot the missing driver

Finally, a quiz for you all to play when checking out bookies odds for the Monaco Grand Prix. Spot the driver missing from all the odds. Check out the Monaco section on this site , and see if you can see which driver is missing.

Answers on a postcard… or in the comments section below. Name the driver and the crazy speculation as to why he is not included!

Enjoy the Monaco Grand Prix!

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Formula One: Monaco Target “Stay out of the walls” Verstappen

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After his sensational maiden win at the Spanish Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. Acknowledging the Red Bull Racing RB12 should be strong around the streets of Monaco, Max’s first target is simply to stay out of the walls. Something Verstappen didn’t quite manage in the 2015 running of the event, when whilst running 11th for Scuderia Toro Rosso miscalculated an overtaking manoeuvre against Romain Grosjean into Turn 1 in the closing stages of the race.

Verstappen goes on to comment that with a competitive car, he expects to be close the front end of the grid and believes a podium result could be possible.

Both Max and Daniel have high expectations for Monaco and the subsequent races in Canada and Baku, believing the nature of the circuits will suit not only the RB12 but their respective driving styles
“I always enjoy racing street circuits like Monaco because you are really pushing the limit and are very close to the walls, it gives you a great feeling that you are on top of your car and getting the most out of it.” Comments Max

 
As the only team to win a race besides Mercedes in 2016, Red Bull Racing are now regarded by pundits and bookies as the team most likely to challenge the Silver Arrows in Monaco. After a successful in season rest in Barcelona, Renault look set to introduce the B-Spec power unit for both the Renault works team and Red Bull Racing (under Tag Heuer branding) Sources within Renault claim the updated Power Unit could be worth as much as 0.5 seconds a lap.
 
Despite this, it is still possible to gets odds of 10/1 on either Verstappen or Ricciardo to win on Sunday with William Hill. With a podium for one of the drivers looking achievable, an each way bet might be worth considering.

Formula One: VIDEO – Max Verstappen on his maiden win in Formula One

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Red Bull Racing have released a short film of Max Verstappen talking through his maiden Grand Prix win. The Max Verstappen success story looks set to dominate the sport for the foreseeable future, his unexpected win has reignited media interest in the 2016 Formula One World Championship  with infighting at Mercedes and an updated power unit set to be introduced over the next two events Red Bull Racing could yet bring themselves into contention for the championship.

Formula One: Red Bull Racing Numbers

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A second row lockout on the grid for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix served to reiterate  the continued resurgence in form for Red Bull Racing and act as some vindication for the teams decision to bring Max Verstappen into the team replacing Daniil Kvyat after only 4 races in the 2016 season.

Max joining the team coupled with a sensational qualifying performance lead to a dramatic increase in FOM World Broadcasting Feed exposure and it has to be said a level of confusion with commentators and graphics editors, with numerous occasions of  the wrong driver being called during commentary or displayed on screen.

Whilst the FIA do mandate the onboard camera (positioned above the airbox) of one car from each team must be fluorescent in colour this indicator is often missed with viewers focusing instead on driver helmet or number. Unfortunately  Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo share a substantially similar helmet design leaving fans, broadcasters, and editors to rely on driver number.

Camera positioning around the Circuit de Barcelona – Cataluyna lends itself to many long, and forward facing front shots, with which, as you can see from the images used here, it is almost impossible to identify driver numbers on the RB12.

Red Bull Racing’s role in what promises to be a thrilling Spanish Grand Prix should be significant. Taking this into consideration, could the team please move driver numbers to a lower point on the nosecone to enable quick and easy identification for all!

Formula One: CONFIRMED – New Driver line up for Red Bull Racing

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Red Bull Racing will have a new driver line-up from the Spanish Grand Prix. Max Verstappen will be joining the team to drive alongside Daniel Ricciardo. Daniil Kvyat will continue to drive for Red Bull and will re-join sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Christian Horner, Team Principal says, “Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent. His performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing.

“We are in the unique position to have all four drivers across Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso under long term contracts with Red Bull, so we have the flexibility to move them between the two teams.

“Dany will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential.”

Formula One: Carlos vs. Max STR factory sprint challenge

The toughest STR challenge so far? Did Max take a short cut….???

STR Russian GP Preview:

Max: “The first thing I remember from Russia is my good qualifying! It’s always good to start the race from the highest spot possible and starting P9 in Russia meant already being in the point’s positions…
Even though we unfortunately didn’t have a good start in the race: I arrived to Turn 1 and Hulkenberg spun in front of me, we collided in Turn 2 and I had a puncture. It wasn’t great, as I had damage on the car and it all got very tricky but I still tried to do my best. The track itself has many 90 degree corners, so it’s difficult to find the right line. Turns 13 to 16 are a complicated section of the track, as they are all slow-speed corners and if you get the positioning right you can gain a lot of lap-time there. My favourite part of the track is Turn 3 because it’s flat out and goes past all the Olympic flags, which you can see when you arrive to Turn 2.After a strong race in China , I hope for another good result in Sochi”
Carlos: “When racing in Sochi, at the start of the lap there’s a lot of slipstream, so it’s possible to arrive to Turn 2 with four cars side by side…
One thing I don’t like, especially here at this second corner, is the wide tarmac run-off areas, where a lot of cars just run wide instead of committing to the corner. Turn 3 is a very nice corner which is flat or very close to it”
I remember that Turn 4 is a good overtaking spot. After that there are four consecutive 90 degree corners before arriving to the back straight. Turn 13 is another good place for overtaking, but what this part of the circuit brings to mind is my terrible crash from last year – I’d say the biggest of my career so far. The final part of the circuit consists of another four 90 degree corners. The  walls are also pretty close throughout the lap, which makes it a bit more of a challenge.

Last year’s race was quite exciting so I hope for another one like that and tobe able to continue scoring points”

Formula One: Wings for Life brings Max and Carlos together

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A week prior to second Grand Prix of the season, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz made time for an important cause: Wings for Life. Both Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers were filmed in the Netherlands for the running contest, which will be held in 33 countries on 8 May. In a relaxed and friendly manner, both team mates were up against each other.

 Max and Carlos will not run themselves but are enlisted to drive the so-called “Catcher Car”, effectively a moving finish line. They will set off half an hour after the start and will “sweep” up contestants along the way. Whoever is caught, is out of the race. Across the planet, all contestants will start at the same time, regardless if it is day or night. The last contestant running will be the winner.

On Friday, Max and Carlos were trained and instructed by Colin Jackson, the hurdling triple world champion and sporting director of the Wings for Life World Run. The F1 aces have adhere to the speed limit which starts at 15km/h. Not an easy things for the young racers to do. Check the live snapchat recording on the RedBull account if you want to see how the boys did.

Are you up for the challenge to stay ahead of Max and Carlos? Sign up for the Wings For Life World Run.

 

Formula One: Estrella Galicia 0.0 STR partnership expanded

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Scuderia Toro Rosso is happy to announce that Estrella Galicia 0,0 is reinforcing its ambitious commitment to Formula 1 by strengthening the partnership agreement signed with the team last season.As from this weekend in Australia, and for the whole 2016 World Championship, the beer brand will appear for the first time on the new STR11 of our two drivers Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen. Estrella Galicia 0,0 will be present on the car bargeboards, increasing significantly its visibility in comparison to last year.

Franz Tost – Scuderia Toro Rosso Tem Principal

“Following last year’s fantastic co-operation, we are very happy that Estrella Galicia  0,0 has decided to confirm and increase the trust in Scuderia Toro Rosso.

“Like in 2015, their logo will feature prominently on the drivers’ race suits, as well as on
the team personnel’s clothing, but in addition to this it will also be displayed on our new STR11’s barge boards.

“Sponsors are the lifeblood not just of our team, but also of the sport of Formula 1 in general, so it is particularly pleasing to tighten our relationship with Estrella Galicia 0,0, towards what I expect to be an exciting season. Our companies share the same philosophy of being young and dynamic, with Carlos and Max being the perfect combination of drivers for both of us. In the name of Toro Rosso I want to thank the Estrella Galicia 0,0 management for this decision, I am convinced that we will achieve great results together.”

Ignacio Rivera – CEO at Hijos de Rivera

“Today is a very important day for the Company, a day that we are extremely proud of as it represents another step forward in our agreement with Scuderia Toro Rosso and our involvement in F1.

“We both share the same values and philosophy to support young talents, as is this case of Carlos and Max, who I am sure will offer us lots of happy moments this season.

“We are delighted and very satisfied for accomplishing a dream nobody thought we could, with the added incentive of achieving it during the year that we celebrate our
110th anniversary”.