Four thrilling F1 races are down, and the Spanish GP is up for grabs before racing excitement comes to Monaco. Well, you have to give credit where it is due, especially regarding Vettel and Ferrari exploits, and the seemingly ominous Mercedes WO6.
Monaco Still Reigns
Nevertheless, you have to agree that Monaco GP is still the arena where champions are born. Whatever other circuits offer, the glamour, hairpins, prestige and thrill of Monaco is still unrivalled. As you continue counting down the days to Monte Carlo action, why not look at possible winners on the streets. If you are going to enjoy the live action have you booked your hospitality package yet?
After all, Monaco Grand Prix is not your everyday track; Graham Hill, Stirling Moss, Michael Schumacher, Prost and the legendary Ayrton Senna all made their mark here. Here are some ideas of drivers who have impressed so far in 2015 and who can go on to join the Monaco Hall of Fame:
1. Lewis Hamilton
The Briton is amiable, ambitious and a raw driver to boot who is ravenously seeking to emulate his childhood hero Senna. Luck is on his side considering the W06 is simply superb. The fact that Lewis thrives on challenges means Vettel and Nico Rosberg have a fight on their hands.
2. Sebastian Vettel
Sometime last September, Vettel dropped a bombshell; after winning the title four years with Red Bull Racing, he was making a gamble of his life by heading to struggling Ferrari. At Sepang in Malaysia, the genius in this daring move showed when the German won and beat off the better Mercedes W06 operated by Rosberg and defending champion Hamilton.
Vettel has won once on Monte Carlo streets. The SF-15T is incredible and, well he is a daring driver too; you better watch out for baby-Schumacher in Monaco.
3. Nico Rosberg
Nico is the scientist while Hamilton is a raw driver. What that means is his races are methodical, which explains consistency. The German is also calm and never allows emotions cloud judgment, which is critical in tight races. With two wins in the city he calls home, you can bet he will be pushing hard on the Monte Carlo streets.
4. Kimi Räikkönen
Australia GP wasn’t all good for the Iceman who had to retire, but at Malaysia GP, he showed the reason he is considered one of the best drivers in F1. Kimi has won once at Monaco and with the SF-15T proving their preseason test speeds were no fluke. Be ready to see the unsmiling and ever serious driver on the podium.
Felipe Massa and Bottas surely deserve to be on the list, but considering Ferrari has proven it has better, their Williams FW37 will struggle to catch up. But then again, anything can happen in F1, which makes the sport irresistible.