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F1: Monaco GP Preview

F1: Monaco GP Preview

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Here we go, Sunday will see lights out at one of Formula One’s most iconic venues as the roster of superstars descend on the glamorous streets of Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix.

In a bid to prove that the Monaco GP can be won from somewhere other than pole position, Lewis Hamilton duly went on to claim victory in last year’s race despite starting third on the grid.

However, starting on the front two rows is a must to have a realistic expectation of winning around the Principality meaning qualifying often takes an even greater precedence.

This is reflected in the betting with the grid position of the winner on offer at 20/31 for it to be Sunday’s pole sitter.

If you think whoever qualifies third can repeat Hamilton’s feat of 2016 and claim the chequered flag, then you can get that at 9/2 with us.

For the race itself, it is likely to be between the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

You will gain no awards for predicting that with Hamilton the slight favourite at 23/20 and Vettel not far behind at 27/20 to be top on the step of the podium come Sunday afternoon.

The thing about Monaco is that anything can happen, for example in 1996, Frenchman Olivier Panis claimed his one and only Formula One win after guiding his Ligier to victory in an action-packed race despite starting the race in fourteenth.

That means opportunities may be rife with numerous drivers eager to pick up any loose pickings should the front runners collide.

The Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon are two such drivers who have the canny ability of being in the right place at the right time.

This is highlighted by the pairs fourth and fifth placed finishes at the Spanish Grand Prix last time out following a host of retirements from the front runners.

Mexican Perez, has a strong track record of outperforming his car and if disaster strikes the front runners, then suddenly the 125/1 for the Force India man to take the chequered flag suddenly doesn’t look so long.

Canadian Lance Stroll is a man starting to come under a bit of pressure following just the one finish but as of yet no points.

The teenager may be in his rookie season but has been well performed so far by his far more experienced team mate Felipe Massa.

However, Monaco is a place where dreams are made and just so long as Stroll can keep out of trouble, he has every chance of picking up points at 53/20 with us.

Finally, the Monaco Grand Prix sees Jenson Button make a cameo appearance for the Indy 500 based Fernando Alonso.

Button lives in Monaco and won the race in 2009 on the way to his solitary world title.

If fairy tales exist, then this is it, however, he inherites a McLaren that may be quicker going backwards.

The best Button could possibly hope for is the lower end of the points and represents some value at 1/1 to snatch at least a point.

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