Five Monaco Grand Prix winners are on the 2022 grid, four different drivers have won in the past four races and Leclerc is yet to reach the chequered flag at his home event. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Monaco Grand Prix!
🇳🇱 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, 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. He also missed out on qualifying in 2017 following a crash in the final practice session.
Since then, Verstappen has scored on all four visits to Monaco, finishing on the podium for the first time with his 2021 victory. He could have finished on the podium in the 2019 race here, if not for a five second time penalty for a pit-lane incident.
Verstappen’s best qualifying result at the circuit is second, in 2021, and he became the de facto polesitter when Charles Leclerc was unable to start the race.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez’s fourth place at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2021 marked the first time he has scored at the circuit since taking a podium finish in 2016.
From ten Monaco appearances, Perez has scored three times, finished outside of the points four times, recorded two DNFs 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.
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
In the last seven Monaco Grands Prix, Lewis Hamilton’s seventh places in 2017 and 2021 are the only occasions 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 fourteen appearances, Hamilton has been out-qualified by his team-mate more often than not.
🇬🇧 George Russell
From his two previous appearances at the Monaco Grand Prix, George Russell is yet to finish above fourteenth place. He finished fourteenth in 2021 and one position below on his first appearances here in 2019. Russell made it out of Q1 at the circuit last year, qualifying 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.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
From three home race appearances, Charles Leclerc is yet to reach the chequered flag at the Monaco Grand Prix. 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. In 2021, Leclerc took pole for the race before crashing at the end of the qualifying session. He was then unable to rbrn start the race due to gearbox issues. Last year marked his first Q3 appearance in Monaco. He had a Saturday to forget in 2019 when he was eliminated in Q1.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
In his six visits to the Monaco Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz has never failed to score. In 2021, he recorded his first Monaco Grand Prix podium result with second place.
Sainz has also never missed out on Q3 at the track, and has a best qualifying result of fourth in 2021. He started from the pit lane in 2015, but still managed to score.
2021 was the first time that Sainz has been out-qualified by his team-mate at the circuit.
🇦🇺 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. Last year, Ricciardo finished only twelfth, marking the first time he failed to score at the track since 2013. Likewise, Ricciardo failed to reach Q3 for the first time since 2013 last year.
Ricciardo took 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 scored for the first time in Monaco in 2021, taking the final spot on the podium. He narrowly missed out on points on his maiden appearance here in 2019. Norris reached Q3 here for the first time in 2021, qualifying in fifth place. It was also the first time he out-qualified a team-mate at the circuit. Norris has gained one place from where he started on both outings at the circuit so far. 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.
🇪🇸 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 and thirteenth in 2021 are the only times 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 2021 are the only times he’s been eliminated in Q1 here, while 2015 is the only other time he’s failed to reach Q3 in Monaco.
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 three previous appearances at the Monaco Grand Prix, Esteban Ocon has scored twice. He recorded his best result to date here in 2018, finishing sixth, and finished ninth last year. He has a 100% finish rate at the track, having finished twelfth on his first appearance in 2017. 2018 is the only year in which Ocon has reached Q3 in Monaco so far. He qualified in sixth place. He has not been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track since 2017.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly has scored points on all three of his 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 finished sixth with AlphaTauri last year. He has also qualified in the top ten on both occasions, with a best qualifying result of fifth in 2019. Gasly out-qualified team-mate Brendon Hartley in 2018, but failed to out-qualify Max Verstappen in 2019. He out-qualified Yuki Tsunoda last year. 2021 was the first time Gasly has finished the Monaco Grand Prix in a worse position than where he started.
🇯🇵 Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda finished sixteenth on his first appearance at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2021. He was eliminated in Q1, qualifying in sixteenth place.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel has won the Monaco Grand Prix twice and has finished on the podium in seven Monaco races. Aside from two retirements, Vettel is yet to finish in a position outside of the top five at the event.
Vettel’s victories here came in 2011 and 2017, and his other five podium finishes at the circuit were all runner-up spots.
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 thirteen 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 eight 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 2021 with eighth place. It was the first time he scored points at the event. He retired from the race in 2017 and failed to finish above sixteenth on his other two appearances. The Canadian is yet to out-qualify a team-mate at the circuit.
He recorded his best qualifying result at the circuit last year, with thirteenth place. It was the first time he has reached Q2 at the circuit, having qualified eighteenth on all three prior appearances.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
On his only Monaco Grand Prix appearance so far, with Toro Rosso in 2019, Alex Albon scored points, finishing in eighth place. He reached Q3, qualifying in tenth place, but failed to out-qualify team-mate Daniil Kvyat.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
On his first Monaco Grand Prix appearance in 2021, Nicholas Latifi finished in fifteenth place. He was eliminated in Q1, qualifying in eighteenth. Latifi 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.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
From eight Monaco Grand Prix appearances, Valtteri Bottas has scored only three times. He did not score at the circuit until joining Mercedes in 2017. He finished fourth that year, before finishing fifth in 2018 and scoring his first Monaco podium with third place in 2019. He retired from the race in 2021 following a botched pit stop. It was his second retirement at the circuit, having also retired 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.
🇨🇳 Zhou Guanyu
This will be Zhou Guanyu’s first appearance at the Monaco Grand Prix. He raced at Circuit de Monaco in 2021 in Formula 2, in which he won the first Sprint Race.
🇩🇪 Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher finished eighteenth at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix maiden Monaco Grand Prix. He failed to take part in qualifying after crashing in Free Practice 3. In F2 in 2019, Schumacher failed to score a point over the race weekend, finishing thirteenth in the Feature Race and eleventh in the Sprint Race.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen has scored a total of two points at the Monaco Grand Prix, with tenth place finishes in 2014 and 2017. He has retired here only once, in 2016.
Magnussen’s best qualifying result here came on his most recent appearance at the track, in 2019, when he qualified sixth. He also reached Q3 with McLaren in 2014.
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