Monaco Grand Prix kicks off motorsports’ busiest Sunday

Formula 1 kicks things off with the Monaco Grand Prix on motorsport’s mega-Sunday, with its sparkling harbour and Champagne-swilling fans watching from huge yachts, it is the jewel in the sport’s calendar while to the west in the United States fans will tuck into the legendary Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Charlotte 600.

After a difficult start to his title defence, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the past two races and leads Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 17 points.

But Hamilton starts from third place on the grid behind Vettel and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo took pole position in fine style, while his teammate Max Verstappen starts from the back after crashing before qualifying even started.

The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 sees the career finale of Danica Patrick at the biggest race on the IndyCar calendar. She has stolen the spotlight for “The Great American Race” – but Helio Castroneves is chasing a record-tying fourth victory in the twilight of his IndyCar career.

NASCAR wraps things up Sunday night with one of its biggest races of the year, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Kyle Busch has won a Cup points race at every track on the NASCAR circuit except Charlotte, but he has positioned himself to fill that void by taking pole in the #18 Toyota.