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Can anyone end Mercedes' dominance? Get Monaco Grand Prix betting tips

Leigh Copson 20 May 2019

Lewis Hamilton in action at Monaco last year (credit:HOCH ZWEI/DPA/PA Images)

Monaco Grand Prix predictions for the race on Sunday, May 26. The 2019 Formula 1 season continues with one of the most popular races on the calendar – but who will win on the streets of Monaco this time around? Read on for our all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Monaco Grand Prix 2019 Predictions

Monaco Grand Prix 2019 Betting Tips Explained

Lewis Hamilton’s fantastic start to the season continued a fortnight ago as he made it three wins from the first five races of the 2019 Formula campaign, but can the defending world champion extend this good run of form by winning at a circuit that has not brought a great deal of joy to him in recent years – the streets of Monte Carlo?

Hamilton is a two-time Monaco Grand Prix winner in his career, but his maiden success came over a decade ago in 2008 and his sole victory since then came in 2016. Last year he was forced to settle for a third-place finish on a weekend where Red Bull claimed the plaudits. Daniel Ricciardo turned pole position into victory, while Max Verstappen impressively bounced back from a crash in practice, turning 20th place on the grid to a ninth place finish on race-day. 

Verstappen goes into this weekend of the back of his best performance since the opening weekend, having finished third in Barcelona last time out, and there is a real belief that the young Dutchman could build on that result with another strong showing in Monaco. He has already shown that he knows how to master this circuit – slicing through the field is not an easy job on such an incredibly tricky track – and Red Bull should have plenty of pace to trouble the Mercedes pairing of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

However, Verstappen does not appear to be too confident about his chances of making it back-to-back Monaco wins. It is either that or he is playing some mind-games with his rivals.

“Personally I always want to win and finish first, but that is not achievable now,” he told after his third-place showing in the Spanish Grand Prix. “In the end we were on the podium after the race, so that is fine.

“If you look at the last sector in Barcelona, then Mercedes is really very quick, so they will go [to Monaco] as favourites. We’re not really better in any corner than Mercedes. It’s good - it’s not that it’s a bad car - but at the moment the Mercedes is just quicker than us everywhere. Medium-speed, high-speed is pretty similar but that depends a lot on the downforce levels you’re running every single weekend so it’s a bit difficult to say. On this track, they were very strong in the low-speed corners. And that is normally pretty good for Monaco as well.”

So is Verstappen playing games with his comments? We will find out when the teams return to action, but right now it is very difficult to look past Mercedes. Hamilton is in fantastic form right now with three wins in his last four races, but I find myself leaning towards his team-mate, Bottas. The Finn has been the qualifying master during the first few months of the season, earning pole position in each of his last three races, and qualifying form could prove to be vital on a track that does not allow many clear-cut opportunities to pass a rival driver. If Bottas can shine in qualifying again, he could turn that into his first Monaco Grand Prix win.

My second selection for the race is backing Carlos Sainz Jr for a points finish. The McLaren driver endured a disappointing start to the season as he was forced to retire in Melbourne before finishing 19th and 14th in his next two races, but he has found some form in his last couple of outings to finish seventh in Azerbaijan and eighth in Barcelona, and he does have a solid track record in Monaco having scored points on each of his last four visits. Sainz Jr could make that five-in-a-row on Sunday.

Monaco Grand Prix 2019 Predictions

Monaco Grand Prix Circuit

The Circuit de Monaco is one of the most famous circuits in motorsport, with its 2.074-mile circuit running through the streets of the Monte Carlo area of Monaco. It makes the Monaco Grand Prix one of the most eagerly-anticipated races of the year with hardcore and casual fans both tuning in to see the stars race on the famous street circuit.

“Driving around Monaco is hair-raising,” Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton once told The Telegraph. “It is the most hard-core rollercoaster you can really imagine. Braking for turn one is really hard, trying to find the turning point and big bumps on the way in. All the way up the hill is really exciting. You can't see the next corner. This place is just incredible.”

Graham Hill earned the nickname “Mr Monaco” when he won this race five times during the 1960s, but it is the legendary Ayrton Senna who boasts the Circuit de Monaco record with six successes between 1987 and 1993.

Location: Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Number of Laps: 78

Lap Length: 2.074 miles

Lap Record: Max Verstappen, 1 minute, 14.260 seconds (2018)

Monaco Grand Prix Previous Winners

Ayrton Senna celebrates winning a record-setting sixth Monaco Grand Prix in 1993. (Photo by PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Monaco Grand Prix Winners

1929William Grover-WilliamsBugatti
1930Rene DreyfusBugatti
1931Louis ChironBugatti
1932Tazio NuvolariAlfa Romeo
1933Achille BarziBugatti
1934Guy MollAlfa Romeo
1935Luigi FagioliMercedes
1936Rudolf CaracciolaMercedes
1937Manfred von BrauchitschMercedes
1948Giuseppe FarinaMaserati
1950Juan Manuel FangioAlfa Romeo
1952Vittorio MarzottoFerrari
1955Maurice TrintignantFerrari
1956Stirling MossMaserati
1957Juan Manuel FangioMaserati
1958Maurice TrintignantCooper-Climax
1959Jack BrabhamCooper-Climax
1960Stirling MossLotus-Climax
1961Stirling MossLotus-Climax
1962Bruce McLarenCooper-Climax
1963Graham HillBRM
1964Graham HillBRM
1965Graham HillBRM
1966Jackie StewartBRM
1967Denny HulmeBrabham-Repco
1968Graham HillLotus-Ford
1969Graham HullLotus-Ford
1970Jochen RindtLotus-Ford
1971Jackie StewartTyrrell-Ford
1972Jean-Pierre BeltoiseBRM
1973Jackie StewartTyrrell-Ford
1974Ronnie PetersonLotus-Ford
1975Niki LaudaFerrari
1976Niki LaudaFerrari
1977Jody ScheckterWolf-Ford
1978Patrick DepaillerTyrrell-Ford
1979Jody ScheckterFerrari
1980Carlos ReutemannWiliams-Ford
1981Gilles VilleneuveFerrari
1982Riccardo PatreseBrabham-Ford
1983Keke RosbergWilliams-Ford
1984Alain ProstMcLaren-TAG
1985Alain ProstMcLaren-TAG
1986Alain ProstMcLaren-TAG
1987Ayrton SennaLotus-Honda
1988Alain ProstMcLaren-Honda
1989Ayrton SennaMcLaren-Honda
1990Ayrton SennaMcLaren-Honda
1991Ayrton SennaMcLaren-Honda
1992Ayrton SennaMcLaren-Honda
1993Ayrton SennaMcLaren-Ford
1994Michael SchumacherBennetton-Ford
1995Michael SchumacherBennetton-Renault
1996Olivier PanisLigier-Mugen-Honda
1997Michael SchumacherFerrari
1998Mika HakkinenMcLaren-Mercedes
1999Michael SchumacherFerrari
2000David CoulthardMcLaren-Mercedes
2001Michael SchumacherFerrari
2002David CoulthardMcLaren-Mercedes
2003Juan Pablo MontoyaWilliams-BMW
2004Jarno TrulliRenault
2005Kimi RaikkonenMcLaren-Mercedes
2006Fernando AlonsoRenault
2007Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Mercedes
2008Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes
2009Jenson ButtonBrawn-Mercedes
2010Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault
2011Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault
2012Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault
2013Nico RosbergMercedes
2014Nico RosbergMercedes
2015Nico RosbergMercedes
2016Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2017Sebastian VettelFerrari
2018Daniel RicciardoRed Bull

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