Will Red Bull’s one hundred per cent win record in 2023 come to an finish at the Monaco GP? Sky Sports F1’s Simon Lazenby thinks 4 teams are in contention for pole position on Saturday Ted Kravitz suggestions Fernando Alonso for win on Sunday Watch the Monaco GP reside on Sky Sports F1
six:04, UK, Friday 26 Could 2023
The Monaco GP this weekend appears set to have the very first 4-group battle at the front of the 2023 season, according to the Sky Sports F1 pundits.
Red Bull have dominated the year so far, winning all 5 grands prix plus the Baku Sprint, but Formula 1’s arrival in Monte Carlo may possibly see that about to transform.
The distinctive qualities of the historic Circuit de Monaco’s narrow streets can see the type book go out the window, and this year may possibly be no diverse as Red Bull’s straight-line speed benefit is somewhat negated though Aston Martin and Ferrari can capitalise on their strength in slow-speed corners.
Mercedes will also arrive in Monaco with their massive upgrade package for the very first time, following the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna GP, which they hope will place them back in race-winning contention and adds much more intrigue to the weekend.
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With Saturday’s qualifying session arguably the most critical of the year, Sky Sports F1’s Simon Lazenby feels the battle to claim pole position will be closer than ever.
“I feel there are 4 teams in it,” he mentioned on the most recent edition of the Sky Sports F1 Podcast.
“If we take Monaco to be, let’s face it, all about Saturday these days. Factors can come about in the race – possibly we’ll get some rain or some thing will come about clever strategically or strategic failures – but I feel there are potentially 4 teams in it on Saturday about these streets.
“Mercedes have struggled in a straight line but they appear to be OK in the slower-speed corners and this is clearly a higher-downforce track.
“Ferrari’s troubles have not been about rotation, it really is been rear instability in higher-speed corners.
“Aston Martin know they are sturdy in low and medium-speed corners and once more not in a straight line.
“And the RB19 is going to be sturdy.
“I enjoy qualifying Saturday, it really is 1 of my favourite days of the year, mainly because you just know that every thing is geared towards it.”
Max Verstappen believes this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix is the hardest race to win in his Red Bull mainly because of the qualities of the circuit
Monaco’s brief lap – at just three.337km lengthy – could also exacerbate 1 of the really couple of weaknesses Red Bull’s RB19 has in that it struggles to get its tyres up to operating temperature to optimise 1-lap efficiency.
Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz also expects Red Bull to come below much more stress this weekend.
“Arguably Red Bull lost out from not possessing Imola mainly because now they are going to Monaco and they are faced with the Fernando Alonso threat,” Kravitz mentioned.
“He is nicely motivated and yes Aston Martin are going to will need every thing to go completely for them in Monaco in order to beat Red Bull mainly because the RB19 will nonetheless be a very good car or truck in Monaco.
“And then you have got the Mercedes upgrades which they are bringing to Monaco. Every person says you are going to be crazy to bring upgrades to Monaco but a) they do not have any selection mainly because they’ve currently redone the car or truck with all the radiators and every thing and b) you nonetheless will need a very good car or truck about Monaco!”
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Right after selecting up 4 podiums in his opening 5 races for Aston Martin, Alonso has named Monaco as 1 of the tracks he can choose up a win this year.
The Spaniard has been stuck on 32 wins due to the fact the 2013 Spanish GP and Kravitz is tipping the two-time globe champion to finish that drought.
“I am going with the 33rd win for Fernando Alonso. I am going to get aboard the hype train,” Kravitz mentioned.
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“I know he’s invested a lot into it, it really is a bit of a draggy car or truck but it really is got excellent tyre efficiency and he’s such a clever guy who knows how to win about Monaco. I know Max does and I know Lewis does, but I just feel it really is the outcome he’s immediately after and I feel it really is type of the outcome Formula 1 demands immediately after Imola.”
Even so, championship leader Max Verstappen has added incentive to win in Monaco once more immediately after the events of 12 months ago.
It was Sergio Perez’s qualifying crash in Monaco that allegedly sowed the seeds of a rift involving the Red Bull group-mates for the duration of the latter stages of 2022. Perez crashed at Portier on his final lap in qualifying which denied Verstappen the possibility of beating Charles Leclerc’s pole time as the Red Bulls lined up third and fourth on the grid. Perez would win a wet-dry race on the Sunday though Verstappen would finish third behind Carlos Sainz.
Sergio Perez loses the rear on his flying lap and slides into the wall, sealing pole position for Charles Leclerc, though Carlos Sainz crashes into the parked Red Bull
Verstappen would then refuse a group order to let Perez previous at the Brazilian GP, citing an incident involving the pair earlier in the season as his purpose for performing so.
Lazenby mentioned: “It really is all been smiles involving the Red Bull pairing this year contemplating how it completed final year but let’s not overlook how it began. It began in Monaco with Perez’s tiny ‘park’.”
“That is the other purpose why Verstappen desires to win and why I am absolutely incorrect on Alonso winning Monaco,” Kravitz continued.
“Verstappen will want to win Monaco mainly because of the disappointment of final year.”
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Sky Sports F1’s reside Monaco GP schedule
Friday Could 26
ten.05am: F3 Qualifying
12pm: Monaco GP Practice 1 (session begins 12.30pm)
two.05pm: F2 Qualifying
three.45pm: Monaco GP Practice Two (session begins 4pm)
five.30pm: The F1 Show: Monaco
Saturday Could 27
9.55am: F3 Sprint
11.15am: Monaco GP Practice 3 (session begins 11.30am)
1.30pm: F2 Sprint
two:30pm: Monaco GP Qualifying create-up
3pm: Monaco GP Qualifying
four.45pm: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook
Sunday Could 28
7.15am: F3 Function Race
eight.45am: F2 Function Race
12.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday Monaco GP create-up
2pm: THE MONACO GRAND PRIX
4pm: Chequered Flag Monaco GP reaction
5pm: Ted’s Notebook
five.30pm: The 107th Indy 500
Formula 1 now heads to the streets of Monaco for the sixth Grand Prix of the 2023 season – watch all the action on Sky Sports F1 from Could 26-28. Get Sky Sports