Mercedes are on course for the first ‘Invincible’ season in the history of Formula 1 after dominating the first five rounds of the 2019 campaign.
The Silver Arrows now roll on to Monaco where they could find Red Bull cause them a few headaches in their quest to maintain their 100 per cent record.
It takes a brave man to back against Mercedes but the streets of Monte Carlo have thrown up plenty of surprises over the years and could do so again this weekend. Not that it would be a huge shock to see a Red Bull driver come out on top given this circuit plays to their aerodynamic strengths.
Daniel Ricciardo lead from start to finish in 2018 to maintain his excellent record in the principality as Red Bull made it four winners in the last nine years. However, Ricciardo would have found himself under pressure from Max Verstappen given the times he was setting in practice, only for the Dutchman to miss qualifying after crashing out in P3.
The 21-year-old will be seeking redemption this weekend and offers plenty of value to break the Silver Arrows’ grip on the world of Formula 1.
He’s yet to finish a race outside the top four and certainly carries more of a threat than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc could be a different proposition though. The Monegasque driver grew up overlooking the start/finish line and will be desperate for a good performance. He is 16/1 for the win and 33/20 for his second podium finish of the year.
It hasn’t been an easy start to life at Renault for Daniel Ricciardo with just one top-10 finish to show for his efforts so far. Reliability has been a major issue for the French manufacturer this year but they are optimistic of getting to the bottom of those problems.
Should they provide Ricciardo with a competitive car then he could achieve a season-best result given the affinity he has shown for Monaco. He won here last year and has three more podium appearances to his name so is worthy of keeping a close eye on.
Sergio Perez had a weekend to forget in Spain last time out as he came home 15th. However, the Racing Point driver had strung together three top-10 finishes before then, with sixth in Azerbaijan the most intriguing result given that is another race staged in city streets.
The Mexican has previously finished third in Monaco and offers value for a top-10 finish.
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