The last time that Ferrari won the Monaco GP was back in 2017, when Sebastian Vettel lunged ahead of his pole sitting teammate Kimi Raikkonen to take a fine victory. But in 2018, it was Daniel Ricciardo out on top as the Honeybadger registered his ‘redemption day’ and the following year, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reigned supreme.
When was the last that Ferrari won the Monaco GP
With 2020 Monaco GP cancelled owing to the COVID pandemic, the next two rounds at the famous principality saw the familiar frontrunners Red Bull assert authority at the front of the grid. Max Verstappen would take the 2021 Monaco GP victory owing to the imperious pace of his car with Sergio Perez taking the win the following year in an effort that would form the initial structure to the street king decoration.
But if you were to actually think of it, then you’d realize that the sport has overseen tremendous change since Ferrari last leapfrogged its closest rivals to the front out here at Monaco.
In such time, Alonso went away from the sport only to return with Alpine and now, with Aston Martin where he’s in tremendous form. In the years following Ferrari’s last triumph at the Monaco GP, Daniel Ricciardo has become a reserve driver and Lando Norris the senior at McLaren.
The sport, on the whole, has seen the re-emergence of Alex Albon, now with Williams with two promising youngsters Nyck de Vries and Logan Sargeant joining Alpha Tauri and Williams, respectively.
Moreover, in such time, F1’s found a new sensational racing venue at Miami while Ferrari itself have seen Carlos Sainz become an F1 race winner (2022, Great Britain) since Vettel’s famous win back in the day.
The only impressive headline, if not any other, has been the fact the man who seems to have aced the qualifying battle at Monaco is the man who’s the only driver from Monaco on the current F1 grid: Charles Leclerc.
With sensational pole positions in the last two seasons, the greatest aim for the Monegasque talent will be to find a way to convert what could be yet another pole out here in the streets of the salubrious principality into a win. With race wins at tracks like Spielberg (Austria), Spa Fancorchamps (Belgium), and Monza (Italy), truth be told, it is about time that the noted Ferrari driver grabbed a Monaco GP victory.
Not all favouring Ferrari
Though truth be told, given their heartbreaks, that often come during winning positions, while Ferrari have certainly become the sentimental favourites, the team that is truly a favourite for the soon-to-begin Monaco GP of 2023 is none other than Red Bull.
That’s, of course, unless Mercedes given George Russell’s massive talent do not bring about a sudden surprise. Forget not that Lewis Hamilton, who last won here four years back in the day, too will fancy his chances. But then, a lot will depend on the grid positions at the end of what could be a heated qualifying battle on Saturday.
But all of it said and the fan doused in red dreaming about a starry Leclerc triumph on his home ground, what one cannot take any lightly whatsoever is the possibility of Aston Martin silencing one and all.
The big question, besides many, continues to be the following:
Could Fernando Alonso’s experience give him the upper hand at the Monaco GP as Aston Martin seek to stay with the runaway Bulls?
So much to look forward to if you are a Ferrari, Red Bull and Aston Martin fan at the forthcoming Monaco GP. Let’s first wait and see who sets the signs of early pace in the free practice rounds.