Hamilton won the most recent race in Monte Carlo, while Vettel has finished on the podium in the last three races here. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Monaco Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 LEWIS HAMILTON
In the last six Monaco Grands Prix, Lewis Hamilton’s seventh place in 2017 is the only occasion that he has failed to finish on the podium. Hamilton has won in Monaco three times, in 2008, 2016 and 2019. He has a 100% finish rate at the track, with 2009 being the only season that he has failed to score. Hamilton has taken pole here twice, in 2015 and 2019, and has started from the front row a further three times. 2009 and 2017 are the only years that he has failed to qualify in the top ten. In his thirteen appearances, Hamilton has been out-qualified by his team-mate more regularly than not.
🇫🇮 VALTTERI BOTTAS
Valtteri Bottas finished on the Monaco Grand Prix podium for the first time in 2019 with a third place finish. Until he joined Mercedes, Bottas had never scored at the track. He has finished the race on six of his previous seven outings, recording his only retirement here so far in 2014. Like his race results, Bottas did not reach Q3 at Monaco until he joined Mercedes. He started from the front row at the circuit for the first time in 2019. Bottas has not gained any positions from where he has started in Monaco since 2015.
🇳🇱 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 hit and miss. 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 all three visits to Monaco, with a best result of fourth in 2019. He could have finished on the podium in the last race here, if not for a five second time penalty for a pit-lane incident. He also missed out on qualifying in 2017 following a crash in the final practice session. In 2019, he recorded his best qualifying result so far at the circuit with third on the grid, marking only the second time that he has out-qualified his team-mate. The 2018 race, where he gained eleven places to finish ninth, is the only time that Verstappen has finished the Monaco Grand Prix in a better position than where he started from.
🇲🇽 SERGIO PEREZ
Sergio Perez has not scored at the Monaco Grand Prix since finishing third in the 2016 event. He has finished outside of the points on all three of his last appearances. Seventh place in 2015 is Perez’s only other points-scoring appearance here. He failed to finish in both 2013 and 2014, and failed to start in 2011 after suffering a huge qualifying crash. Despite the crash, Perez had already reached Q3, and since then he has failed to reach Q3 at the circuit only twice. He did not set a lap time in 2012, and was eliminated in Q1 in 2019. His best qualifying position here is seventh, which he has recorded on three occasions. The Mexican has started from seventh on the grid at Monaco four times. There have been only three occasions where he has been out-qualified by a team-mate in the Principality.
🇦🇺 DANIEL RICCIARDO
Daniel Ricciardo took victory at the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. It followed disappointment in 2016, when he was on course to win, but a pit stop error from Red Bull saw him finish only second. Ricciardo finished on the podium in all three years between 2016 and 2018, and also finished third in 2014. His first two appearances at the track resulted in DNFs, but he has scored on all six appearances since. Likewise, Ricciardo has reached Q3 on every appearance since 2014, taking pole in both 2016 and 2018. 2017 is the only season that Ricciardo has finished the Monaco Grand Prix in a better position than where he started.
🇬🇧 LANDO NORRIS
Lando Norris narrowly missed out on points on his maiden appearance at the Monaco Grand Prix. He gained one position from where he started to finish eleventh. He was eliminated in Q2 and failed to out-qualify his team-mate. Norris raced at Monaco in F2 in 2018, finishing sixth in the Feature Race and taking a podium finish in the Sprint Race, coming home in third place.
🇩🇪 SEBASTIAN VETTEL
Sebastian Vettel has won the Monaco Grand Prix twice and has finished on the podium in all of the last three Monaco races. Vettel’s victories here came in 2011 and 2017, and in total he has had a further five podium finishes at the circuit, all runner-up spots. He failed to finish in both 2009 and 2014, but has finished in the top five on every other appearance. His first appearance with Toro Rosso in 2008, when he was eliminated in Q1, is the only season that Vettel has failed to reach Q3 at the circuit. He has taken pole only once, in 2011, but also started from the front row in both 2017 and 2018. Impressively for a twelve race career at Monaco, aside from the two races which he has failed to finish, Vettel has never lost a position from where he has started. He has gained places on seven occasions, including a massive gain of fourteen spots in 2008 to finish fifth.
🇨🇦 LANCE STROLL
Lance Stroll scored his best Monaco Grand Prix finishing position so far in 2019 with sixteenth. He retired from the race in 2017 and finished seventeenth in 2018. The Canadian is yet to out-qualify a team-mate at the circuit and is also yet to progress past Q1 here. He has qualified in eighteenth on all three appearances at the track and, strangely, has lined up seventeenth on the circuit in all three years. Stroll has never gained more than one position from where he has started at the Monaco Grand Prix.
🇪🇸 FERNANDO ALONSO
Fernando Alonso won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2006 and 2007, becoming the only driver in F1 history to win the event in successive years with different teams. Alonso has a further two podium finishes to his name here, both recorded with Ferrari in 2011 and 2012. The Spaniard has retired from the event four times, while his tenth place in 2008 is the only time he’s finished a Monaco Grand Prix in a position outside of the points. Alonso has lined up on the front row here on three occasions, including with pole positions in 2006 and 2007. 2010, when he failed to set a lap in qualifying, and 2015, when he was eliminated in Q3, are the only times that Alonso has failed to reach Q3 in Monaco. Since 2012, 2015 is the only occasion on which Alonso has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the Monaco Grand Prix. Aside from the races which he won, Alonso has led a further three laps here. He led for a single lap in the 2004, 2011 and 2012 Monaco Grands Prix.
🇫🇷 ESTEBAN OCON
From his two previous appearances at the Monaco Grand Prix, Esteban Ocon has scored once, with a sixth place finish in 2018. He finished twelfth in 2017. Ocon started where he finished in 2018, recording his first Q3 appearance at the track. It was also the first time he out-qualified his team-mate at the circuit.
🇲🇨 CHARLES LECLERC
Charles Leclerc has retired from his home Grand Prix on both appearances so far. He was out in the closing stages in 2018 after a brake failure, while he clattered into Nico Hulkenberg in the 2019 running of the race. Leclerc is yet to progress to Q3 at the Monaco Grand Prix, and had a Saturday to forget in 2019 when he was eliminated in Q1. His best qualifying result here is fourteenth in 2018, the only occasion that he’s out-qualified a team-mate at the circuit.
🇪🇸 CARLOS SAINZ
In his five visits to the Monaco Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz has never failed to score. He equalled his best result at the track in 2019 with sixth place. He had previously finished sixth in 2017. Sainz has also never missed out on Q3 at the track, and has a best qualifying result of sixth in 2017. He also started from sixth in 2016. Sainz has never been out-qualified by a team-mate here. His first and most recent Monaco outings are the only times that Sainz has finished the event in a better position than where he started.
🇫🇷 PIERRE GASLY
Pierre Gasly has scored points on both appearances at the Monaco Grand Prix so far. He finished seventh in 2018 with Toro Rosso and bettered that with a fifth place result for Red Bull in 2019. He has also qualified in the top ten on both occasions, with a best qualifying result of fifth in the last race here. Gasly out-qualified Brendon Hartley in 2018, but failed to out-qualify Max Verstappen in 2019.
🇯🇵 YUKI TSUNODA
Yuki Tsunoda has no past experience at the Circuit de Monaco.
🇫🇮 KIMI RAIKKONEN
Kimi Raikkonen has won the Monaco Grand Prix once, in 2005 with McLaren. In addition to his win, he has had three further podium finishes at the track, most recently finishing as runner-up with Ferrari in 2017. Raikkonen has retired four times here, perhaps most memorably in 2006, when, after his engine failed, he walked to his yacht to hang out instead of going back to the pit-lane. 2019 was the first time Raikkonen has failed to score in Monaco since his last DNF in 2016. It was also the first time he has not qualified in the top ten since 2007. Raikkonen has taken pole at the track twice, in 2005 and 2017, and has started from the front row a further three times. Raikkonen has not finished in a better position than where he started since 2007, when he gained eight places. The only other race where he has moved forwards in the order was in 2001, when he gained five places over the course of the race.
🇮🇹 ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI
Antonio Giovinazzi finished only nineteenth in the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix. He qualified fifteenth, being eliminated in Q2 and failing to out-qualify team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. The Italian had a point-less Monaco weekend in GP2 in 2016. He finished eleventh in the Feature Race and only eighteenth in the Sprint Race.
🇩🇪 MICK SCHUMACHER
This will be Mick Schumacher’s maiden Monaco Grand Prix appearance, though he has previously raced in the principality. He did so in Formula 2 in 2019. He failed to score a point over the race weekend, finishing thirteenth in the Feature Race and eleventh in the Sprint Race.
🇷🇺 NIKITA MAZEPIN
Nikita Mazepin has previously raced at the Circuit de Monaco in Formula 2 in 2019. He scored points in both the Feature Race and the Sprint Race, finishing tenth and eighth respectively.
🇬🇧 GEORGE RUSSELL
George Russell out-qualified his team-mate at the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix and lined up nineteenth on the grid. He eventually finished the race in fifteenth. It was a weekend to forget in Monaco in 2018 for Russell, as he retired from both the F2 Feature and Sprint races.
🇨🇦 NICHOLAS LATIFI
This will be Nicholas Latifi’s first appearance at the Monaco Grand Prix. He has previously raced here in GP2 and F2. From those eight races, the 2018 pair are the only two in which he scored points, with a best result of eighth in the Sprint Race.
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