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Formula One - Monaco Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, May 26
SITE: Circuit de Monaco -- Monte Carlo, Monaco
TRACK: 3.340 km (2.075 miles) 19-turn temporary street course
CAPACITY: 120,000
ANNUAL: 71st (60th as a Formula One sanctioned event)
TELEVISION: NBC
START TIME: 8 a.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, May 25/8 a.m. ET (TV: NBC Sports Network)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Mark Webber
RUNNER-UP: Nico Rosberg
POLE WINNER: Mark Webber (finished 1)
LAPS: 78
MILES: 161.887 (260.520 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Sebastian Vettel, 2011 (1 min., 13.556 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Fernando Alonso, 2007 (1 hr., 40 mins., 29.329 secs.)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Mark Webber16Felipe Massa7
2Nico Rosberg27Paul di Resta14
3Fernando Alonso58Nico Hulkenberg10
4Sebastian Vettel99Kimi Raikkonen8
5Lewis Hamilton310Bruno Senna13
2012 Monaco Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 147.312 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 46 mins., 6.557 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.643 secs.
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 16
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 10
FASTEST LAP: Sergio Perez, 1:17.296, Lap 49
POLE WINNER: Mark Webber (1:14.381)
Past Monaco Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Mark Webber (1) -- Red Bull Renault -- 147.312 kph/1:46:06.557
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 120.574 kph/2:09:38.373
2010 -- Mark Webber (1) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 141.814 kph/1:50:13.555
2009 -- Jenson Button (1) -- Brawn-Mercedes -- 154.857 kph/1:40:44.282
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton (3) -- McLaren -- 126.171 kph/2:00:42.742
2007 -- Fernando Alonso (1) -- McLaren -- 155.551 kph/1:40:29.329
2006 -- Fernando Alonso (1) -- Renault -- 150.707 kph/1:43:43.116
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen (1) -- McLaren -- 148.582 kph/1:45:15.556
2004 -- Jarno Trulli (1) -- Renault -- 145.880 kph/1:45:46.601
2003 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (3) -- Williams-BMW -- 152.772 kph/1:42:19.010
2002 -- David Coulthard (2) -- McLaren -- 1:45:39.055
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (2) -- Ferrari -- 1:47:22.561
2000 -- David Coulthard (3) -- McLaren -- 1:49:28.213
1999 -- Michael Schumacher (2) -- Ferrari -- 1:49:31.812
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen (1) -- McLaren -- 1:51:23.595
1997 -- Michael Schumacher (2) -- Ferrari -- 2:00:05.654
1996 -- Olivier Panis (14) -- Ligier -- 2:00:45.629
1995 -- Michael Schumacher (2) -- Benetton -- 1:53:11.258
1994 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Benetton -- 1:49:55.372
1993 -- Ayrton Senna (3) -- McLaren -- 1:52:10.947
1992 -- Ayrton Senna (3) -- McLaren -- 1:50:59.372
1991 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren -- 1:53:02.334
1990 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren -- 1:52:46.982
1989 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren -- 1:53:33.251
1988 -- Alain Prost (2) -- McLaren -- 1:57:17.077
1987 -- Ayrton Senna (2) -- Lotus -- 1:57:54.085
1986 -- Alain Prost (1) -- McLaren -- 1:55:41.060
1985 -- Alain Prost (5) -- McLaren -- 1:51:58.034
1984 -- Alain Prost (1) -- McLaren -- 1:01:07.740
1983 -- Keke Rosberg (5) -- Williams -- 1:56:38.121
1982 -- Riccardo Patrese (2) -- Brabham -- 1:54:11.259
1981 -- Gilles Villeneuve (2) -- Ferrari -- 1:54:23.38
1980 -- Carlos Reutemann (2) -- Williams -- 1:55:34.365
1979 -- Jody Scheckter (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:55:22.48
1978 -- Patrick Depailler (5) -- Tyrrell -- 1:55:14.66
1977 -- Jody Scheckter (2) -- Wolf -- 1:57:52.77
1976 -- Niki Lauda (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:59:51.47
1975 -- Niki Lauda (1) -- Ferrari -- 2:01:21.31
1974 -- Ronnie Peterson (3) -- Lotus -- 1:58:03.7
1973 -- Jackie Stewart (1) -- Tyrrell -- 1:57:44.3
1972 -- Jean-Pierre Beltoise (4) -- BRM -- 2:26:54.7
1971 -- Jackie Stewart (1) -- Tyrrell -- 1:52:21.3
1970 -- Jochen Rindt (8) -- Lotus -- 1:54:36.6
1969 -- Graham Hill (4) -- Lotus -- 1:56:59.4
1968 -- Graham Hill (1) -- Lotus -- 2:00:32.3
1967 -- Denny Hulme (4) -- Brabham -- 2:34:34.3
1966 -- Jackie Stewart (3) -- BRM -- 2:33:10.5
1965 -- Graham Hill (1) -- BRM -- 2:37:39.6
1964 -- Graham Hill (3) -- BRM -- 2:41:19.5
1963 -- Graham Hill (2) -- BRM -- 2:41:49.7
1962 -- Bruce McLaren (3) -- Cooper -- 2:46:29.7
1961 -- Stirling Moss (1) -- Lotus -- 2:45:50.1
1960 -- Stirling Moss (1) -- Lotus -- 2:53:45.5
1959 -- Jack Brabham (3) -- Cooper -- 2:55:51.3
1958 -- Maurice Trintignant (5) -- Cooper -- 2:52:27.9
1957 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (1) -- Maserati -- 3:10:12.8
1956 -- Stirling Moss (2) -- Maserati -- 3:00:32.9
1955 -- Maurice Trintignant (9) -- Ferrari -- 2:58:09.8
1954 -- Not Held
1953 -- Not Held
1952 -- Not Held
1951 -- Not Held
1950 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (1) -- Alfa Romeo -- 3:13:16.7
 
NOTE: Changed from 100 to 80 laps in 1968. Races 1973-74, 76, 85-88, 90-95,
98-present were 78 laps. 1975, 1978, 1996 races were 75 laps. 1977,
1979-83 races were 76 laps. 1989 race was 77 laps. 1984 race was
shortened to 31 laps. The 1997 race was only 62 laps. Due to inclement
weather, the 2008 race, scheduled for 78 laps, was stopped at two hours
(76 laps).
 
Past Monaco Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Mark Webber -- 1
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
2010 -- Mark Webber -- 1
2009 -- Jenson Button -- 1
2008 -- Felipe Massa -- 3
2007 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1
2006 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 1
2004 -- Jarno Trulli -- 1
2003 -- Ralf Schumacher -- 4
2002 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 17
2001 -- David Coulthard -- 5
2000 -- Michael Schumacher -- 12
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 3
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1
1997 -- Heinz-Harald Frentzen -- 11
1996 -- Michael Schumacher -- 17
1995 -- Damon Hill -- 2
1994 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 4
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 2
1991 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 11
1987 -- Nigel Mansell -- 21
1986 -- Alain Prost -- 1
1985 -- Ayrton Senna -- 16
1984 -- Alain Prost -- 1
1983 -- Alain Prost -- 3
1982 -- Rene Arnoux -- 19
1981 -- Nelson Piquet -- 8
1980 -- Didier Pironi -- 11
1979 -- Jody Scheckter -- 1
1978 -- Carlos Reutemann -- 8
1977 -- John Watson -- 14
1976 -- Niki Lauda -- 1
1975 -- Niki Lauda -- 1
1974 -- Niki Lauda -- 12
1973 -- Jackie Stewart -- 1
1972 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 3
1971 -- Jackie Stewart -- 1
1970 -- Jackie Stewart -- 11
1969 -- Jackie Stewart -- 9
1968 -- Graham Hill -- 1
1967 -- Jack Brabham -- 16
1966 -- Jim Clark -- 8
1965 -- Graham Hill -- 1
1964 -- Jim Clark -- 4
1963 -- Jim Clark -- 8
1962 -- Jim Clark -- 10
1961 -- Stirling Moss -- 1
1960 -- Stirling Moss -- 1
1959 -- Stirling Moss -- 7
1958 -- Tony Brooks -- 15
1957 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 1
1956 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 4
1955 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 15
1954 -- Not Held
1953 -- Not Held
1952 -- Not Held
1951 -- Not Held
1950 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: Spanish Grand Prix (May 12)
SITE: Circuit de Catalunya -- Barcelona, Spain
LAPS: 66
MILES: 190.825 (307.104 km)
WINNER: Fernando Alonso
RUNNER-UP: Kimi Raikkonen
THIRD: Felipe Massa
FOURTH: Sebastian Vettel
FIFTH: Mark Webber
POLE WINNER: Nico Rosberg (finished 6)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 39 mins., 16.596 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 185.605 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 9.338 secs.
Monaco Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2 *Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
4Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
5Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
6Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
7Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
9Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
10Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
11Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Ferrari/Sauber
12Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
14Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
15Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
16Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
17Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Renault/Williams
18Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
19Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
20Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Renault/Caterham
21Giedo van der Garde (Rhenen, Nether.)Renault/Caterham
22Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Cosworth/Marussia
23Max Chilton (Reigate, England)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Mark Webber163212145Won4Won
Nico Rosberg------19121667112
Fernando Alonso124WonWon107623
Sebastian Vettel------------5132Won4
Lewis Hamilton---------2Won12565
Felipe Massa5993344216
Kimi Raikkonen13Won20893------9
Jenson Button2---111111Won23316
 
Mover of the Week
Esteban Gutierrez - started 19 and finished 11
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Lewis Hamilton
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sebastian Vettel) - finished 4
 
NOTES:
The Monaco Grand Prix is round 6 of the 2013 Formula One season. It is also considered as the most prestigious event on the F1 calendar.

The Monaco GP is held annually on the streets in world-famous Monte Carlo. The 2.075-mile, 19-turn circuit winds its way through the narrow streets, starting with the first corner from Ste-Devote, then moves uphill to the steep hill of Beau Rivage and plunges back down to the Mirabeau Hotel before heading into the tunnel and chicane, located along the illustrious harbor side. It wraps up at the tricky Loews hairpin.

Changes have been made to the Monte Carlo circuit since the 2012 race. The track has been resurfaced on the pit straight and between turns 1 and 3. A number of improvements have been made to the left-side debris fencing on the approach to turn 3 and on the left between turns 8 and 10. A new 50-centimeter wide curb has been installed at the apex of turn 5, and the curb at the exit of turn 19 has been widened by 20 cm.

Monte Carlo is one of the most difficult circuits, where overtaking has virtually been impossible. Therefore, track position for the Monaco GP is critical. Qualifying there is most important, with the pole sitter taking eight of the last nine races, including the previous four (2009-12).

The last 16 Monaco GPs have been won from a starting position no worse than third.

The furthest back a driver has started and won this race is 14th, accomplished by Olivier Panis in 1996. Just four of the 21 drivers who started the race that year were running when the checkered flag waved. The event featured wet weather, numerous crashes and mechanical failures.

Ayrton Senna won the most Monaco GPs with six, including five consecutive victories from 1989-93. Senna's first win in this race came in 1987.

Michael Schumacher won the Monaco GP five times: (1994, '95, '97, '99 and 2001). Schumacher retired from the sport for good following the conclusion of the 2012 season.

Six active drivers -- Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber -- have won the Monaco GP in the past. Alonso and Webber have multiple victories in it. Alonso won back-to-back Monaco GPs from 2006-07, while Webber's victories came in 2010 and '12.

If Alonso were to take the checkered flag for this year's Monaco GP, he would become the first driver to win it with three different teams. His first victory was with Renault, and his second came with McLaren. Alonso has been driving for Ferrari since the start of the 2010 season.

Nine drivers scored their maiden F1 wins in the Monaco GP: Juan Manuel Fangio (1950), Maurice Trintignant (1955), Jack Brabham (1959), Denny Hulme (1967), Jean-Pierre Beltoise (1972), Patrick Depailler (1978), Riccardo Patrese (1982), Panis (1996) and Jarno Trulli (2004).

McLaren has the most constructor victories in the Monaco GP with 15, followed by Ferrari with eighth and Lotus with seven. Lotus scored its inaugural F1 win in the 1960 Monaco GP.

Round 7 in this year's F1 world championship is the June 9 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Lewis Hamilton is the defending race winner.

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