Alonso has a chance to surpass Hill’s 55 year-old record, Verstappen searches for a fourth consecutive win and Hamilton can surpass Schumacher’s tally of laps raced. Here are the milestones and records which could be broken at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix!
The 2022 Monaco Grand Prix will be the 1,064th World Championship race. It will be the 79th Monaco Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1929 and the 68th time that the event has been held as a round of the World Championship. This will be the 68th Formula 1 race held at Circuit de Monaco.
For the first time in its World Championship history, F1 practice at the Monaco Grand Prix weekend will begin on Friday, not Thursday.
Esteban Ocon will make his 96th Grand Prix start this weekend, moving into the top ten of most starts for a French driver in Formula 1. Patrick Depailler currently sits tenth in the list, having made 95 starts between the 1972 French Grand Prix and 1980 British Grand Prix.
With Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher on the grid, this will be the 845th race to feature a German driver on the grid. That sees Germany equal Brazil as the country with the third-most starts in Formula 1 history.
This will be the seventh Formula 1 race held on May 29th. The last race held on this day was the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix.
The 44th lap of the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix will be the 5,500th racing lap to take place at Circuit de Monaco in World Championship history.
THE F1 RECORDS TO BREAK
Ferrari can equal their own record for most Fastest Laps for an engine manufacturer at a single circuit at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix. Their current record is nineteen Fastest Laps at Monza.
Both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have previously won the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29th. Vettel won the event on this day in 2011, while Hamilton won on this day in 2016. If either of them win this weekend, it would be the 22nd time that a driver has won the same race on the same date twice. Graham Hill and Ayrton Senna are the only other drivers to have won the Monaco Grand Prix on the same date twice. Read more: F1’s Groundhog Days.
Having won the last three races, Max Verstappen is looking to set a new personal best of consecutive wins. Should he win the Monaco Grand Prix, Verstappen would become only the 15th driver in F1 history to take four consecutive Grand Prix victories.
A podium finish for Max Verstappen this weekend would see him equal Sebastian Vettel’s tally of podiums with Red Bull. It would put him equal-third in the list of most top three finishes with a single team.
If Lewis Hamilton completes 41 laps of the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, he will move ahead of Michael Schumacher for third place in the list of most laps raced in Formula 1.
A haul of 20 points will see McLaren become only the third team to have scored 6,000 points in F1 history. Ferrari and Mercedes are the only other teams to have done so.
If the polesitter takes victory at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, it would be the 450th time that the polesitter has won the race in World Championship history.
A podium result for Bottas would see him equal Rubens Barrichello as the non-champion with the most podiums in F1.
A top ten result for Fernando Alonso would see him surpass Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have scored in the third-most Formula 1 races. Should he score 16 points this weekend, Alonso would become the third driver to have scored 2,000 points during his F1 career. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are the only other drivers to have done so.
Sergio Perez is 19 points away from becoming the 13th F1 driver to score 1,000 points in his career. A win, or second place with the fastest lap, would see him achieve the feat at the Monaco Grand Prix.
If French drivers score 27 points between them, the nation will overtake Brazil as the country to have scored the fourth most points in Formula 1.
Sebastian Vettel will become the third driver to record podium finishes in fifteen different seasons if he finishes in the top three.
Charles Leclerc is yet to finish his home Grand Prix. Should he do so this weekend, it would be the first time a Monegasque driver has finished their home race since Olivier Beretta finished eighth in 1994. If he scores points, Leclerc will become the first Monegasque driver to score points at the Monaco Grand Prix since Louis Chiron in 1950.
THE MONACO GRAND PRIX RECORDS TO BREAK
If Lewis Hamilton takes victory on Sunday, he would become only the fifth driver to have won the Monaco Grand Prix on five occasions during its World Championship history.
Victory for Max Verstappen this weekend would see him become only the ninth driver to take back-to-back wins at the Monaco Grand Prix in its World Championship history. Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc can become the eleventh driver to take pole position in consecutive years in Monte Carlo. Read more: Back to back successes at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Mercedes power can equal Ford Cosworth as the most successful engine manufacturer at the Monaco Grand Prix. Ford Cosworth-powered cars took 13 victories at Circuit de Monaco, while Mercedes-powered cars have won 12 times so far.
Ferrari and McLaren are currently tied for most Monaco Grand Prix poles, with 11 apiece. Either team could extend the record to 12 this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel can equal the record for most Monaco Grand Prix podiums this weekend. Ayrton Senna currently holds the record for most podiums at the event, with eight.
If Sebastian Vettel wins the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, he will become the first driver to have scored 200 points in Monaco.
Lewis Hamilton already holds the record for most points-scoring appearances at the Monaco Grand Prix. This weekend, he could set a new outright record for most top ten finishes in Monaco. Hamilton has finished in the top ten at the track thirteen times – a record currently shared with Rubens Barrichello. Fernando Alonso could also equal the existing record this weekend.
Fernando Alonso can overtake Graham Hill as the driver to have completed the most racing laps at the Monaco Grand Prix. Hill raced 1,211 laps here during his career, while Alonso has raced 1,198 laps so far at the circuit. Hill has held the record since overtaking Jo Bonnier’s tally of laps complete at the track in 1967.
Lewis Hamilton could reach the chequered flag at the Monaco Grand Prix for the fifteenth time this weekend. No driver has previously achieved that feat. Fernando Alonso could equal the existing record for most finishes at the track, currently shared between Hamilton and Rubens Barrichello.
Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton can equal the record for most third place finishes at the Monaco Grand Prix. The current record is three, shared between Eddie Irvine and Gerhard Berger.
Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon will be hoping to maintain their 100% Q3 appearance record in Monaco. Since the qualifying system was introduced in 2006, Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg are the only drivers to reach Q3 on every appearance.
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton can extend the record for most Q3 appearances in Monaco to thirteen.
HAMILTON SEARCHES FOR FIRST WIN OF 2022
Victory for Lewis Hamilton in any race in 2022 will see him become the first driver in F1 history to have won a race in 16 different seasons, as well as the first to win in 16 consecutive seasons.
If he takes pole position, sets the fastest lap and wins the race, Lewis Hamilton would become the second driver – after Michael Schumacher – to record 20 hat tricks in his F1 career.
If Lewis Hamilton sets the Fastest Lap of the race, he will become the first driver to set 60 Fastest Laps with a single engine manufacturer.
Pole for a British driver would see the nation equal their own record for most consecutive seasons in which a nation has taken pole. The current record held by British drivers is 19 consecutive seasons with a pole position, between 1955 and 1973.
At the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton recorded his 32nd third place finish in F1. Another third place this weekend would see him equal Sebastian Vettel as the driver to have recorded the second-most third places in F1 history. Only Kimi Raikkonen sits ahead of Vettel and Hamilton in this list, with 45 third place results.
MERCEDES SEEK SUCCESS
Pole for Mercedes would make them the first engine manufacturer to have poles in 26 consecutive seasons. Ferrari are the only other engine manufacturer to have poles in 25 successive years. Their record streak ended in 2020. Meanwhile, if a Mercedes-powered car leads the race, the manufacturer would be first to lead races in 28 consecutive seasons.
If three Mercedes-powered cars finish on the podium, Mercedes will equal Renault’s record tally of seventeen podium lockouts for an engine manufacturer.
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.