Three different teams have won the Monaco Grand Prix in the last three years. Here’s how each team’s history compares at Monaco!
Mercedes won the Monaco Grand Prix for four consecutive years between 2013 and 2016, but Lewis Hamilton’s third place finish last year is their only podium appearance at the track since then. No Mercedes driver has finished below seventh in the last six seasons in the principality, while the team have recorded only two non-finishes at the track since their return to the sport in 2010 – both for Michael Schumacher in 2011 and 2012.
Mercedes took pole position in 1955, on their only visit to Monaco during their first stint in Formula 1. Since then, the team have taken four further poles at the track, including three consecutive front row lock-outs in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Since 2010, Lewis Hamilton’s Q2 exit in 2017 is the only time a Mercedes driver has qualified outside of the top seven for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Ferrari have won the Monaco Grand Prix nine times, most recently with Sebastian Vettel in 2017, and have double the podium finishes of any other team at the circuit. 2017 marked the team’s third 1-2 finish in Monte Carlo, the others being in 1999 and 2001. At least one Ferrari driver has finished on the podium in three of the last four Monaco races. The team have had only ten visits to Monaco where they’ve failed to pick up points, the most recent being in 1996 when both drivers retired from the race.
Ferrari have taken ten pole positions in Monaco and have locked-out the front row on five of those occasions. Since 2006, there have been only four occasions where a Ferrari driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying at the circuit. Felipe Massa was eliminated in Q1 twice for Ferrari here in 2006 and 2013, both times failing to set a time due to damage on his car. Fernando Alonso suffered a similar fate in 2010 following a crash in Free Practice 3. Michael Schumacher’s last corner blocking tactics in qualifying in 2006 marks the only time neither Ferrari driver has started from the top ten on the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Red Bull are the most recent winners of the Monaco Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo taking his final victory for the team here in 2018. The team have taken four wins here in total – a tally which could have easily been five if not for a botched pit-stop for Ricciardo in 2016. Red Bull have taken eleven podium finishes in Monte Carlo, including one in all of the last three seasons. David Coulthard took Red Bull’s very first podium finish in F1 at the circuit in 2006, memorably wearing a superhero cape on the podium. Aside from their double DNF here on their first visit to the principality in 2005, 2007 is the only other occasion where Red Bull have failed to pick up points on a visit to the track.
Red Bull have taken four pole positions at the Monaco Grand Prix, but have never locked-out the front row. Daniel Ricciardo has taken two pole positions for the team here in the last three seasons, while Max Verstappen has failed to set a competitive time in qualifying twice in the past three years due to crashes – in Q1 in 2016 and in Free Practice 3 in 2018. Verstappen’s Q1 exits are the only occasions where a Red Bull driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying in the last eleven Monaco Grand Prix weekends.
Renault have won the Monaco Grand Prix twice – with Jarno Trulli in 2004 and Fernando Alonso in 2006. Renault have the lowest finish rate of any current team at the Monaco Grand Prix, with last season being the team’s first appearance at the track since 2007 where both cars crossed the finish line. From their fourteen entries at the track between 1979 and 1985, Renault’s drivers crossed the finish line only twice – including a third place finish for Alain Prost in 1983, one of only four podium finishes for the team in Monaco. Nico Hulkenberg’s eighth place last season marked the first time Renault have scored at the circuit since their return to the sport in 2016.
Renault have taken four pole positions at the Monaco Grand Prix – two in the 1980s and two in the 2000s – and have had a further two front row starts. 2006 is the only season where both Renault drivers reached the final part of qualifying at the circuit, while Carlos Sainz’s eighth place in qualifying here last season marked the team’s first Q3 appearance in Monte Carlo since 2010.
2017 is the only season so far where Haas have scored points in the Monaco Grand Prix, having done so with both drivers – Romain Grosjean finishing eighth and Kevin Magnussen finishing tenth. The team are yet to record a non-finish at the circuit, with Grosjean’s fifteenth place last season being their worst result to date.
Haas have reached the final part of qualifying only once at the Monaco Grand Prix. That was in 2017, when Romain Grosjean qualified in eighth place. In 2018, Kevin Magnussen recorded the team’s first Q1 elimination at the track when he could qualify no higher than nineteenth.
McLaren hold the record for the most victories and most pole positions for any team at the Monaco Grand Prix. Between 1984 and 1993, McLaren won all but one Monaco Grand Prix but McLaren have now gone ten years without a victory at the circuit, with Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 win being their most recent here. In the last two years, McLaren have failed to pick up any points at the event, with Stoffel Vandoorne’s fourteenth place in 2018 the only time one of the team’s cars has crossed the finish line.
McLaren have taken pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix on eleven occasions and have locked-out the front row on four occasions. Lewis Hamilton’s sixteenth place in qualifying here in 2009 is the only time McLaren have recorded a Q1 elimination at the circuit. 2015 is the only time in the last 35 years where neither McLaren driver qualified in the top ten for the Monaco Grand Prix. Strangely, both McLaren drivers failed to qualify for the 1983 Monaco Grand Prix – the most recent time McLaren have failed to qualify for an F1 race.
Racing Point (Force India)
Sergio Perez scored Force India’s only podium finish at the Monaco Grand Prix with third place in 2016. 2017 marked the only time in the past nine seasons where the team failed to pick up any points at the track, while Force India only recorded three retirements at the event – a double DNF in 2008, including Adrian Sutil, who was running in fourth place when he was eliminated by Kimi Raikkonen, and a first lap crash for Perez in 2014.
At least one Force India driver qualified in the top ten in all of the last six seasons in Monaco, with Nico Hulkenberg recording the team’s best qualifying result with fifth on the grid in 2016. 2016 and 2018 were the only years where both Force India drivers progressed to the final part of qualifying.
Alfa Romeo (Sauber)
Juan Manuel Fangio took pole position and won for Alfa Romeo at the very first Monaco Grand Prix to be held as a round of the Formula 1 championship in 1950, and Andrea de Cesaris took a podium finish for the team at the circuit in 1982.
Meanwhile, the Sauber team have had two podium finishes at the Monaco Grand Prix, with a third place finish for Johnny Herbert in 1996 and second place for Robert Kubica in 2008. Marcus Ericsson’s eleventh place in 2018 is the only time the team have reached the finish line in the last three seasons, while Felipe Nasr’s ninth place in 2015 is the only time the team have scored points in the last seven seasons at Monaco.
Robert Kubica recorded Sauber’s best qualifying performance at the Monaco Grand Prix with fifth on the grid in 2008. Sauber have reached the final part of qualifying on only four occasions at Monaco, including with both cars in 2007. Before that, a Sauber driver had qualified in the top ten on only five occasions since 1993. No Sauber driver has qualified in the top ten since 2011 – and even then, that was Sergio Perez, who failed to start the race following a heavy crash in Q3. Charles Leclerc’s Q2 appearance last year was the first time a Sauber driver had made it out of Q1 since 2013.
Toro Rosso have scored points in all of the last four Monaco Grands Prix, but have also recorded at least one non-finish in all but one of the last eight events. 2014 is the only season where neither Toro Rosso driver has reached the finish line in the principality. Sebastian Vettel has recorded the team’s best result here so far, finishing fifth in 2008. There is yet to be a Monaco Grand Prix in which both Toro Rosso drivers finish in the top ten.
Carlos Sainz recorded Toro Rosso’s best Monaco Grand Prix qualifying position in 2017, with sixth on the grid. Toro Rosso failed to reach the final part of qualifying in all of their first seven visit to Monaco, but have appeared in Q3 in every season since 2013. 2008 is the only season where both Toro Rosso drivers have been eliminated in Q1, while Brendon Hartley recorded the team’s first Monaco Q1 exit since 2011 last year.
Williams have won the Monaco Grand Prix three times, most recently in 2003 with Juan Pablo Montoya. Nick Heidfeld and Mark Webber’s 2-3 finish for the team in 2005 marks their most recent podium finish here, as well as only one of two occasions where both Williams drivers have finished in the top three at the track – the other time being in 1992. Williams haven’t recorded a DNF in Monte Carlo since 2014, but have scored only three points in their last four visits to the track.
Williams have taken seven pole positions at the Monaco Grand Prix, and locked-out the front row at the circuit in 1992. No Williams driver has qualified in the top ten for the event since 2012. Before 2012, 1999 was the only other season where neither car qualified in the top ten in the principality. 2006 and 2009 are the only occasions where both Williams drivers have reached Q3 here, while one of their cars has been eliminated in Q1 in three of the last four seasons.
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.