The Monaco Grand Prix needs little introduction - the jewel in the crown, of the FIA Formula One World Championship™. It has been on the schedule since 1950 with a four-year break from 1951 to 54, with only a few changes to the course layout down the years and continues to create an atmosphere like no other when the month of May comes around. Home to many of the F1 drivers, Monaco is a tight twisty circuit where overtaking is extremely difficult. Every year here provides a memorable story, but Ayrton Senna’s spectacular exit from the 1988 running as he led comfortably remains a classic. Of the current drivers Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen have all won once, while Fernando Alonso has two victories. The race’s iconic podium on the main straight sees the victor handed his trophy - one of the most sought after pieces of silverware in world sport - by the Prince.
Circuit length 3.340 km
Race distance 260.520 km
2013 race winner Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
The Monaco GP is unique and it’s not an easy race to win, even with the fastest car. A two stop strategy is around 15 seconds faster than a one stop in an ideal fastest race, but slower traffic and safety cars can wreck a two stop plan. There is a very high (80%) chance of a safety car; it can turn a race on its head and hand the advantage to a rival. This year’s cars are very loose at the rear-end and we may well see several safety cars as drivers hit the barriers. The supersoft looks like the tyre most runners will prefer for the race. It goes without saying that perfect execution in qualifying is critical for a strong race performance.
In collaboration with James Allen
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2014. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01 Williams (24.264s)
02 Mercedes (24.672s)
03 Lotus (25.029s)
04 Caterham (25.116s)
05 Ferrari (25.282s)
06 Toro Rosso (25.444s)
07 Force India (25.714s)
08 Sauber (25.906s)
09 McLaren (25.992s)
10 Marussia (26.137s)
11 Red Bull (26.586s)
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list.
+12 Kobayashi, Massa
+9 Bianchi, Hulkenberg, Bottas
+4 Bianchi, Perez
+2 Chilton, Räikkönen, Sutil
+1 Grosjean, Alonso
-2 Magnussen, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Hamilton
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of Lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane.
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane, Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact
China notes: Sutil lost power at start and dropped 8 places, retiring soon after.
Monaco notes: Maldonado did not start, Ericsson started from pit lane, Perez crashed Lap 1.