The 2018 Formula 1 featured its fifth Grand Prix in Spain some two weeks ago.
Lewis Hamilton, the driver who currently leads the drivers’ standings, finished as the race winner that weekend.
That win helped him to move even farther away from the other drivers, creating a, ‘Hamilton and the Rest’ scenario, something that F1 fans are beginning to subconsciously expect these days. Remember that he took advantage of the accident-ravaged race in Azerbaijan and won the race in Baku.
Despite not winning the first 3 races of the campaign, his season seems to have picked up momentum. On 95 points, he now leads his closest rival, Sebastian Vettel, with 17 points.
Speaking of Vettel, he has not had the best last two races, despite winning the first 2 races of the season. The slide that started in China has continued. Asides failing to finish in the top 3 in Shanghai, he went on to finish outside the top three in the two races that followed.
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The Ferrari cars and that pit lane stop that forced him to drop from second to fourth place in Spain have contributed to the German now being 17 points off the pace.
Moving away from the top two drivers, there’s Team Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. It’s been a pretty decent season for the Finnish driver. He has finished three out of the five races so far in second place (Bahrain, China and Spain).
He currently sits third on the drivers’ standings and will be looking to better his current points tally of 58 points. But he will need to find a way to leave the shadows of teammate, Hamilton, if he is to dominate the F1 world.
Another driver who has the potential to dominate the Monaco Grand Prix is Kimi Raikkonen. The driver who drives for Team Ferrari has one of the best cars in this Formula 1 season. And this was made obvious by his highest finish this season, a second place finish in Spain.
But to dominate, he needs to do two things: aim to win races and win them consistently.
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These are the top four names, out of which the winner of the Monaco GP is expected to come from – barring all unforeseen circumstances.
But who are some of the outsiders who can take their chances?
One name that comes to mind is Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian has constantly found a way to rub shoulders with those top four drivers.
The highlight of his 2018 F1 is his win at the Chinese Grand Prix. But he has finished outside the top three in the other races. Other drivers include Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso, who have experience enough to be well poised to take advantage should anything out of the ordinary happen in Monaco this weekend.
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