Formula 1 was back the at Monaco Grand Prix, the sports Crown Jewel, but with a new look, as the new for 2022 F1 cars took to the track around the Mediterranean principality for the first time, as we look to get the first glimpse of how the ground-effect cars go around it’s tight streets.
Local hero Charles Leclerc will be in the spotlight this weekend, as he looks to break his jinx at his home race, maybe go for the win this time, and put the disappointment of 2021 behind him once and for all.
He has got the car and the skills, bit just maybe needs some luck.
Nico Rosberg, the 2016 F1 Champion told Sky Sports: “Leclerc is driving like a future world champion at the moment. In Barcelona it was Leclerc who was absolutely dominant, and as a result the championship is totally open.
“But I do expect Leclerc to be the favourite here,” Rosberg predicted.
Leclerc lost the Drivers’ Championship to Max Verstappen in last week’s Spanish Grand Prix with a DNF, and will be looking to halt the reigning World Champion’s momentum, having won three races in a row now.
Mercedes will be another team to watch out for, as the eight-time Constructors’ Champions had a strong outing in Barcelona, so it will be interesting to see if their resurgence continues in Monaco.
Monaco FP1 session insights
Early in the session, Lewis Hamilton delivered a worrying message to his team over the radio saying: ‘There’s an incredible amount of bouncing.”
Definitely not what the team wanted to hear…
Later on in the session, the seven-time Champion reported on the problem saying: “Yeah the bouncing is crazy mate!”
Leclerc had a moment at the first corner, 15 minutes into the session, as he took to the run-off area, bringing out the Yellow flags, briefly though.
Mick Schumacher reported gearbox problems to his team 20 minutes into the session, after which the German came to a halt blocking the entrance of the pit lane, bringing out the Red flags.