Monaco Grand Prix

Ahead Of 2022 Monaco Grand Prix: Stories We’re Excited About

Monaco Grand Prix is the undisputed classic of Formula 1 racing. If you didn’t see it, you don’t know what the street circuit is. During the 2022 Formula 1 season, the Monaco Grand Prix is even more spectacular with crucial stories before it starts. 

A lot of disputes around the historical Circuit de Monaco.

The major theme of the day before the race was to be or not to be, as we had the opportunity to lose one of the iconic races of the year. 

Since Miami joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2022, another glitzy and glamorous race will be held in 2023. Las Vegas Grand Prix starts at least a three-year run in 2023. The importance of historical races diminishes now that we have such a package.

The debates were raging throughout the entire Formula 1 paddock club. Monaco Grand Prix is an iconic stage and most drivers can’t imagine Formula 1 without it. Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel are among them. The Aston Martin driver noted it is a legendary place and every time you come here, you will experience something new. 

The disputes are still continuing. It is certain the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix will take place over 78 laps of the famous 3.337-kilometre Circuit de Monaco on Sunday, May 29., and that is fantastic news! 

The new chance for Carlos Sainz at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix.

Probably, you’re saying that every upcoming race is a potential chance for each driver to get some scores for the team and that is right. However, Carlos Sainz needs it the most right now. For why is that?

The Spanish Grand Prix was a kind of opportunity for Carlos Sainz to rehabilitate himself in the eyes of the fans and Scuderia Ferrari team. Despite the poor results behind unstoppable teammate Charles Leclerc, F1 fans were waiting for the Spaniard’s home victory. As they say, the homeland inspires. The current Ferrari proves its speed.

However, to the disappointment of fans and pundits alike, Sainz took fourth place. Even if the technical reasons could justify the retirement of Leclerc, Sainz has many critics.

The tough and tricky Circuit de Monaco is not suitable for every driver. Monaco Grand Prix is a home circuit for Charles Leclerc. However, it happened that a Monegasque driver was facing some kind of jinx at home.

Therefore, the baton passes to the Spaniard. The race will be crucial for Carlos Sainz. He needs at least a podium finish and a victory as the best result. 

Charles Leclerc’s jinx in Monaco

Charles Leclerc is a successful driver from Monaco. But despite knowing every corner of the Circuit de Monaco, he has yet to finish a race at home. As an Alfa Romeo driver, he met bad luck in 2018. He retired after starting from pole position.

Then it continued in 2019, when he dropped out in Q1 after his team Scuderia Ferrari’s error. The Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled for the 2020 season. In 2021 Charles Leclerc crashed in the final Q3 after taking pole position. Because his car was severely damaged, it was unable to start, and he finished the race in the pits.  

But if you think the jinx has stopped, you may be wrong. Leclec suffered a brake failure and Monegaque crashed at Rascasse while demonstrating the classic Ferrari of Niki Lauda

What to wait from Charles Leclerc on 2022 Monaco Grand Prix? No one knows, but everyone hopes the jinx is ended. 

Daniel Ricciardo’s new opportunity. 

Mclaren F1 cars have the pace, right? Even if we didn’t see their full potential, Lando Norris is one of those black horses who can pop up to the podium suddenly. In the background to Norris’ fast results, McLaren had been waiting for excellent results from Ricciardo after he joined the team.

Australian driver had changed three teams and had found the right place in Mclaren. His results are still far from what he expected. What is all this about?

Circuit de Monaco is the most suitable track for Daniel Ricciardo. Australian is always a contender here, having won the pole in 2014, 2016. Australian won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2018. This guy knows the secret code of Monte Carlo streets. 

Therefore, Mclaren has big hopes for their drivers on the iconic stage of the Formula 1 2022 season. And who knows, the team could meet expectations. 

Mercedes F1 is back in the fight for pole position.

Yep, you read right. The Ferrari and Red Bull teams have argued over who has the fastest car, while the Mercedes team has been managing its main issue – bouncing. 

After car upgrades on the eve of the Spanish Grand Prix, it became clear they fixed most of the problem. 

Therefore, George Russell qualified fourth and finished third in Spain. Lewis Hamilton was the quickest driver at the end of lap two until he hit reliability issues late on.

The Mercedes pace was very positive, and we believe that they have a chance to fight for points. This is because of the configuration of the Circuit de Monaco. The city circuit includes short straights. The lack of high speeds means teams are less likely to encounter porpoising. In the short spots, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, both Mercedes drivers, are expected to engage in a fierce battle.  

What makes 2022 Monaco Grand Prix even more exciting?

First, the upgraded F1 cars. As someone said, to drive a new F1 car 2022 is like driving a bus. 

Besides, the cars are heavier than their predecessors and have a low speed. It means they are more difficult to handle in lower sections. Already see the main intrigue? Yes, lower speed sections are all about Monaco. Just add the narrow straight and you come up with the toughest challenge for the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix.   

As a result, all the drivers will get the additional work, as the circuit requires maximal adaptation to get the most lap time out of the new cars. Even here they will face one more problem – visibility. 

Probably, what is wrong with visibility and why is it needed the most in Monaco? The narrow track is a very tricky track, where you need to see a lot. But, new 18-inch tyres introduced this year reduced visibility of the front tyres and the drivers. 

Besides, forecasts promise another dangerous, as there is a possibility that 2022 Monaco Grand Prix will be rainy. It is just a forecast and these are always wrong, you may note. However, the last wet race was in 2016. That day, Daniel Ricciardo missed the victory after dominating the race because of a slow pit stop.

There is a threat of at least a shower on Sunday. There’s no way we’d avoid red flags and safety cars if it met expectations. Surely we will know. 

2022 Monaco Grand Prix Schedule

THURSDAY 26th MAY
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupPractice Session15:35 – 16:20
FIA Formula 2Practice Session17:05 – 17:50
FRIDAY 27th MAY
Formula 1Press Driver & Media Activity10:30 – 12:30
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session (Group A)11:40 – 11:56
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session (Group B)12:04 – 12:20
FIAF1 Car Presentation12:30 – 13:30
FORMULA 1FIRST PRACTICE SESSION14:00 – 15:00
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupQualifying Session15:30 – 16:00
FORMULA 1SECOND PRACTICE SESSION17:00 – 18:00
SATURDAY 28th MAY
FORMULA 1THIRD PRACTICE SESSION13:00 – 14:00
FORMULA 1QUALIFYING SESSION16:00 – 17:00
Formula 1Press Conference17:00 – 18:00
FIA Formula 2Sprint Race (30 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)17:40 – 18:30
SUNDAY 29th MAY
FIA Formula 2Feature Race (42 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)09:50 – 10:55
Porsche Mobil 1 SupercupRace (17 Laps or 30 Mins)12:05 – 12:40
Formula 1Drivers’ Parade13:00 – 13:30
Promoter ActivityHonour Lap – HSH The Prince and The Princess of Monaco14:00 – 14:10
Formula 1National Anthem14:44 – 14:46
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (78 LAPS OR 120 MINS)15:00 – 17:00
Note – Monaco is 2 hours ahead of UTC. Timetable subject to change.