AMC: The one every driver wants to win
The Automobile Club de Monaco look ahead to the world famous race weekend
Of course, this Grand Prix is eagerly awaited every year. But in 2019 the Monaco Grand Prix will be even more special. For one particular and simple reason: it celebrates the 90th anniversary of the first race on April 14, 1929. Cars have improved and drivers have changed. The circuit has evolved over the years, to make sure safety remains as high as possible but in 90 years this unique Grand Prix has established itself as an icon of motorsport. From Alberto Ascari and Paul Hawkins crashing into the sea, to Ayrton Senna’s six wins (a record since 1993), Monaco has been theatre to some of the craziest Grands Prix in history. Unexpected developments and strategies are the keywords of this prestigious, mechanical rendezvous.
Crashes at Sainte-dévote, grip changes in the tunnel on rainy days, the 19 turns, full of myths and anecdotes, push drivers to the limits. They all have the same dream: to put their name in the record books by winning the Monaco Grand Prix.
Grid position is so important that qualifying in itself is something special, but the race on Sunday remains the climax of the weekend. And every single driver who has started in Monaco knows and will tell you – you are only certain of victory when the chequered flag is waved.
After his galling defeat in 2016, Daniel Ricciardo finally won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2018 and also managed to set the all-time best lap during qualifying, clocking a 1m 10.810s. Now Ricciardo is part of the Renault F1 Team – whose parent company is the historical partner of the Automobile Club de Monaco. The kind and breezy Australian has much to do to win again, facing formidable opponents including Charles Leclerc. The Monégasque had his rookie F1 season in 2018. Starting as an Alfa Romeo Sauber driver, he was promoted to Ferrari at the end of his brilliant first year, during which he scored 39 points. He will certainly have his heart set on winning his home Grand Prix. We await the verdict on Sunday after 78 thrilling laps.
The 77th edition of the Monaco Grand Prix takes place from Thursday May 23 to Sunday May 26, 2019. The programme will remain as sportive, animated and festive as ever. This, the 1103rd Grand Prix in history, will be the sixth race of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.