Three drivers have a 100% finish rate in Monaco, three drivers are yet to be beaten by their team-mate in qualifying at the track and just two drivers have a 100% Q3 appearance rate in Monte Carlo. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Monaco Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has a 100% finish rate at the Monaco Grand Prix, and has only failed to score once. That was in 2009, when he finished twelfth. The five-time champion has two wins at the circuit, plus a further four podium finishes. He’s finished in the top three in four of the last five seasons at the track. Hamilton has taken pole once in Monaco, in 2015, and has started from the front row four times. He hasn’t started on the front row at the circuit since he took pole in 2015 and has been beaten by his team-mate in qualifying more regularly than not for the event. There have been two occasions where Hamilton has failed to reach Q3 in Monaco. Those came in 2009, when he was out in Q1, and in 2017, when he was eliminated in Q2. Hamilton has led laps in four Monaco Grands Prix – in 2007, 2008, 2015 and 2016.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas doesn’t have the best of records in Monaco. Before he joined Mercedes, the Finn had never scored at the circuit. He’s yet to finish on the podium in the principality, with a best finish of fourth in 2017. He finished fifth last year. Bottas has retired once at the Monaco Grand Prix – in 2014, when he retired with engine problems. His best qualifying result at the track is third, in 2017, while last season marks the only other time he’s qualified in the top ten here. 2015 and 2018 are the only seasons where Bottas hasn’t beaten his team-mate in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel has taken more points at the Monaco Grand Prix than any other driver, scoring a total of 150 points from his eleven appearances so far. He’s had two wins in the principality – one with Red Bull in 2011, and one with Ferrari in 2017. He’s also had a further four podium finishes at the Monte Carlo track, finishing as runner-up on every occasion. Vettel has recorded two DNFs at Monaco, the first in 2009 and the second in 2014. The German has had nine finishes at the track, each time finishing no lower than fifth. Vettel has taken pole in Monaco only once, in 2011, but has started from the front row in each of the last two seasons. He’s reached the top ten in qualifying in every season except on his debut Monaco appearance in 2008, where he was out in Q1. Since 2009, Vettel has qualified outside of the top four only once at the track (in 2012, when he qualified tenth). In the races he’s finished at the track, Vettel has never finished in a position lower than where he started from. The most places he’s gained in a race here is fourteen, which he did in 2008 on his way to a fifth place finish.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc failed to finish his first appearance at his home event in F1 last year as a late-race brake failure saw him collide with the rear of Brendon Hartley’s Toro Rosso car. The Monegasque driver beat his team-mate in qualifying, reaching Q2 and lining up fourteenth on the grid.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen’s Monaco career got off to a very good start as he finished second fastest in Free Practice 1 with Toro Rosso in 2015 with his first laps of the track. Since then though, Verstappen’s Monaco appearances have been somewhat lacklustre. His 2015 race here came to an early end after he collided with the rear of Romain Grosjean. He failed to finish again in 2016 in a crash-strewn weekend. He clipped the barrier at Casino in Free Practice 3, crashed out at the Swimming Pool complex in Q1 and crashed out of the race at Massenet. Since then, Verstappen has scored on both visits to Monaco, with a best result of fifth in 2017. He finished ninth last season, but missed out on qualifying following a crash in the final practice session.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
On his first appearance at the Monaco Grand Prix last year, Pierre Gasly scored points with a seventh place finish. He reached the final part of qualifying and lined up tenth on the grid, gaining three places during the race.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo heads to Monaco as the most recent winner of the Monaco Grand Prix. In 2018, he dominated the weekend, topping the timesheets in all three practice sessions and all three qualifying sessions before taking victory with a car which was not running at its maximum potential. It was Ricciardo’s fourth podium in five years at the track. He finished as runner-up in 2016 – a result which could have easily been a win if not for a slow pit stop. Ricciardo recorded DNFs in each of his first two appearances at the event. Until last season’s Mexican Grand Prix, Monaco was the only place where Ricciardo had taken a pole position, having done so in 2016 and 2018. The Australian has qualified in the top five in all of the last five seasons. 2013 and 2017 are the only seasons where he’s been beaten by his team-mate in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. The 2017 race is the only Monaco race in which Ricciardo has finished in a position higher than where he started.
🇩🇪 Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg’s best finish at the Monaco Grand Prix is fifth place, which he scored for Force India in 2014. He’s finished in the points four times in total, including twice in the last three years, and has recorded two DNFs at the track – in 2010 and 2017. He’s also finished just outside the points, in eleventh, twice. While Hulkenberg has never qualified below thirteenth for the Monaco Grand Prix, he’s only reached Q3 once at the track. That was in 2016, when he qualified in fifth. As a result of grid penalties for other drivers, however, Hulkenberg has actually started in the top ten on the grid on three occasions – in 2012, 2016 and 2017, and has started from eleventh three times too. From his eight Monte Carlo appearances, the German has been beaten by his team-mate in qualifying four times and has won the battle four times. The 2016 Monaco Grand Prix is the only race which he’s finished at the track in a position lower than where he started from.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean has scored twice in Monaco – in 2014 and 2017, finishing in eight place on both occasions. He retired from his first two appearances here in 2012 and 2013, but has had a 100% finish rate since then. Grosjean has qualified in the top ten for the event twice – with a best of fifth in 2012, which became fourth on the grid due to Michael Schumacher’s grid penalty. Grosjean has never finished the Monaco Grand Prix in a position lower than where he started it from.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
From his four Monaco appearances, Kevin Magnussen has scored twice – but has never finished higher than tenth. His points-scoring races at the track came in 2014, with McLaren, and 2017, with Haas. He failed to finish the race with Renault in 2016, and finished thirteenth last season. Magnussen hasn’t reached Q3 at the Monaco Grand Prix since his first appearance at the track, where he qualified in eighth. He recorded his worst qualifying result so far at the circuit last year, with nineteenth place and his first Q1 exit. On the plus side, the Dane has gained places from where he qualified in each of the last two seasons.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz has scored on all four appearances at the Monaco Grand Prix, with a best result of sixth in 2017. He’s also qualified in the top ten on every appearance, again with a best qualifying result of sixth in 2017. He also started from sixth for the 2016 race. He qualified in eighth in 2015, but was moved to the back of the grid following a weighbridge infringement. Sainz is the only driver on the grid with multiple Monaco Grand Prix appearances to have never been out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit. Sainz has finished in a position better than where he qualified only once in Monaco. That was on his first appearance, in 2015, when he gained ten places from twentieth on the grid to tenth in the final result.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris raced at Monaco in F2 last season, finishing sixth in the Feature Race and took a podium finish in the Sprint Race, coming home in third place.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
From his eight appearances at the Monaco Grand Prix, Sergio Perez has scored only twice – finishing seventh in 2015 and taking a podium finish with third in 2016. The Mexican has recorded two DNFs at the track and a DNS on his first appearance in 2011, where he crashed in qualifying and was unable to start the race as a result of a concussion and a sprained thigh. He had already reached the final part of qualifying when the crash occurred. Perez has reached the top ten in qualifying on every appearance in Monaco, aside from 2012 where he crashed out in Q1. His best qualifying result here is seventh, which he has recorded three times – in 2013, 2015 and 2017. He has been beaten by a team-mate in qualifying at the track on only three occasions, two of those being in the last three years.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll finished the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time last year, recording a seventeenth place finish. Stroll has qualified in eighteenth place in each of his two appearances at the track so far, failing to beat his team-mate on both occasions.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2005 with McLaren and has taken an additional three podium finishes at the track. He’s also recorded four DNFs here. The Finn has taken pole in Monte Carlo twice, once in 2005 and most recently in 2017. He’s had a further three front row starts here. Raikkonen has qualified in the top ten on all but two Monaco appearances – in 2001 and 2007. These two occurrences are the only seasons in which Raikkonen has finished the Monaco Grand Prix in a position better than where he qualified. Since his 2012 comeback, he has beaten his team-mate in qualifying only twice in Monte Carlo (Romain Grosjean in 2013 and Sebastian Vettel in 2017).
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi had a point-less Monaco weekend in GP2 in 2016. He finished eleventh in the Feature Race and only eighteenth in the Sprint Race.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat has scored only once from his previous four Monaco Grand Prix appearances. His point-scoring result here was a fourth place finish for Red Bull in 2015. The Russian has retired twice, in 2014 and 2016, both times primarily the result of mechanical issues. On his most recent appearance here, in 2017, Kvyat finished fourteenth for Toro Rosso. Kvyat reached Q3 on all of his first three appearances at the track, with a best result of fifth in 2015. He narrowly missed out on the top ten shootout in 2017, qualifying in eleventh place. He did start ninth that year, however. Despite his strong qualifying results, Kvyat has never beaten a team-mate on a Saturday at the circuit.
🇹🇭 Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon has raced here in Formula 2 in 2017 and 2018. He recorded a fourth place finish in the 2017 Feature Race, and a sixth place finish in the Sprint Race, but, despite taking pole position, retired from both races in 2018. He retired from the Feature Race in a bizarre pit-lane entry incident with Nyck de Vries and collided with Roy Nissany at the chicane in the Sprint Race.
🇵🇱 Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica finished three of his four appearances at the Monaco Grand Prix during his first stint in F1, finishing in the top five on all of those three occasions. His best result here was a second place finish in 2008, a race in which he led ten laps, while he scored a further podium in 2010. The Pole also recorded a front row start at the track in 2010, one of three times where he’s reached Q3 at the Monaco circuit. Kubica has beaten his team-mate in qualifying on 50% of his appearances here and has recorded one Q1 exit, in 2009.
🇬🇧 George Russell
It was a weekend to forget in Monaco last year for George Russell, as he retired from both the F2 Feature and Sprint races.
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