Monaco Grand Prix Preview

By Mark RawlinsonConstructors Championship betting odds

Motorsport doesn’t get any more glamorous than the Monaco Grand Prix and this weekend the eleven teams descend on the world-famous street circuit to battle around the exclusive principality on the South of France.

22 of the world’s most expensive cars making their way around the circuits’ tight and twisty corners which makes it one of the most impressive spectacles in the world of sport.

And German Nico Rosberg will be hoping to add his name to the list of illustrious winners of the race alongside the likes of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Graham Hill when he leads the field away on Sunday lunchtime.

The Mercedes driver made it a hat-trick of consecutive pole positions when he set the fastest lap time of 1:13.876, a tenth of a second ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The two Mercedes drivers have shown how quick the car is in recent races with this the team’s fourth pole position in a row, but come race day, the cars have struggled to keep up with the race pace and have finished down the order.

But that could be about to change this weekend, with the circuit’s tight nature making overtaking extremely difficult, meaning track position is all important. In fact, all four of the last Monaco Grand Prix have been won by the pole sitter and there’s a very strong chance that the feat could be repeated by Rosberg again on Sunday.

The former Williams driver came close to victory in Monte Carlo last year, eventually finishing less than a second behind winner Mark Webber.

Understandably, Rosberg is now a big favourite with the bookies to take his second victory in Formula One this weekend, and the best odds on the market are provided by Paddy Power at 13/10.

Hamilton, starting alongside his team-mate, has stated he has struggled to adapt to his new car since moving from McLaren at the start of this season. His best finishes this year have been third places in Malaysia and China but he’ll have his eyes on the win this weekend and is second favourite to do that with most bookmakers, Paddy Power again providing the best odds of 10/3.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel is being offered at 7/2 by Stan James to take victory on Sunday. The reigning World Champion, who hasn’t won this year since the second race in Malaysia, will be looking to add to his victory here in 2011 but faces a tough challenge in passing both Mercedes.

The reigning World Champion is though favourite to secure the fastest lap time of the race ah he has already done twice this season, in China and Bahrain. Bet Victor and William Hill are offering odds of 7/2 for Vettel to do that whilst Coral are offering odds of 8/1 of Fernando Alonso setting the fastest lap time.

At 10/1 with Betfred and Bet Victor, either Rosberg or Hamilton would be a decent punt of the fastest lap time as the Mercedes has looked very fast around Monaco all weekend.

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