As Williams celebrate their 750th race, Bottas could equal Piquet for tenth in the list of all-time podiums and could this be the first time there is an identical podium for a third race in a row? Here are the milestones and records which could be broken at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix!
The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix will be the 1,040th F1 race to be held as a round of the World Championship. It will be the 78th Monaco Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1929 and the 67th Monaco Grand Prix to be held as a round of the World Championship.
Williams celebrate their 750th Grand Prix this weekend. That tally only includes entries made by Williams Grand Prix Engineering, and not private entries made by Frank Williams prior to 1978. Only Ferrari and McLaren have appeared at more World Championship races than Williams.
The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix will be the fifth Formula 1 race held on 23rd May. It’s the first time an F1 race has been held on this date since the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix.
Lap 22 of the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix will be the 5,400th Grand Prix lap raced at Circuit de Monaco.
The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix marks Max Verstappen’s 101st race start with Red Bull. He overtakes Daniel Ricciardo as the driver to have made the third most starts with the team. Only Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel have made more starts with Red Bull.
THE RECORDS TO BREAK
Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas have finished on the podium in the same order at each of the last two races. Should they finish in the same order at the Monaco Grand Prix, it would be the first time in F1 history that three successive races have had identical podium results.
The top three finished in the same order as they started at the Spanish Grand Prix. Should that happen at the Monaco Grand Prix, it would be the fourth time that the top three have maintained position from where they started at successive races.
If a Mercedes powered car wins this weekend, Mercedes engines will equal Ford Cosworth as the most successful engine manufacturer at the Monaco Grand Prix.
A win for Lewis Hamilton at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix would see him become the ninth driver to have taken successive wins at the event since the start of the F1 Drivers’ Championship in 1950. Pole position would see him become the eleventh driver to take consecutive poles at the circuit. Read more: Back to Back Successes at the Monaco Grand Prix.
A podium finish for Valtteri Bottas would be his 60th top three result. It would see him equal Nelson Piquet for tenth in the all-time list of most podium finishes in Formula 1.
If a Mercedes-powered car takes pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, it would be the 213th race at which a Mercedes-powered car has taken pole. That would see them equal Renault as the engine manufacturer with the second-most poles in Formula 1.
Should Ferrari take pole this weekend, they will equal McLaren as the team to have taken pole on the most occasions at the Monaco Grand Prix. McLaren have started from pole position here eleven times in total.
A points finish for Daniel Ricciardo at the Monaco Grand Prix would mark the sixteenth race in a row at which he has scored. That would make it the second longest points-scoring streak of his career.
If Kimi Raikkonen completes every lap of the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, he will be one lap short of equalling Graham Hill’s record of most laps raced in the principality. Hill raced 1,211 laps here in his career.
Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton and Rubens Barrichello have all finished the Monaco Grand Prix a record-breaking thirteen times. A fourteenth finish for Raikkonen and/or Hamilton this weekend would see them extend the record to fourteen finishes.
While Lewis Hamilton could extend the record of most points-scoring appearances at the Monaco Grand Prix to thirteen this weekend, Fernando Alonso could equal the reigning champion’s tally. Alonso has scored in Monte Carlo on eleven occasions so far.
If Lewis Hamilton finishes in the top ten, he will equal Rubens’ Barrichello’s record tally of most top ten finishes at the Monaco Grand Prix. Though he scored points only nine times, Barrichello finished in the top ten at the event thirteen times during his career.
No driver has retired on the opening lap of the Monaco Grand Prix since 2012. Should Sergio Perez be out on the first lap in 2021, he will equal the record for most first lap retirements in Monaco. The record of two first lap retirements in the principality is currently shared by seven drivers.
A third place finish for Lewis Hamilton or Daniel Ricciardo would see them join Eddie Irvine and Gerhard Berger as the drivers to have had the most third place finishes at the Monaco Grand Prix. Irvine and Berger each finished third three times at Monaco during their careers.
Mercedes could equal Renault as the most successful engine manufacturer in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. Renault engines have taken twelve poles at the circuit, compared to Mercedes’ eleven.
Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly are currently in a group of seven drivers who have never failed to reach Q3 at the Monaco Grand Prix. Also in the list are Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and Alex Albon. All three will be hoping to stay in the club this weekend, while Yuki Tsunoda, Mick Schumacher, Nikita Mazepin and Nicholas Latifi could join the list.
A fourth place finish for Sebastian Vettel would see him join John Surtees as the driver to have had the most fourth place finishes at the Monaco Grand Prix. Surtees finished fourth in Monaco three times.
If Red Bull score five points, they will become the third team to have scored 300 points at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Ayrton Senna’s record tally of eight Monaco Grand Prix podium finishes could be equalled by either Sebastian Vettel or Lewis Hamilton.
If Lewis Hamilton outscores Sebastian Vettel by seven points, he will become the driver to have scored the most points at the Monaco Grand Prix.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. 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 Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.