In Monte Carlo will start the Monaco Grand Prix, «Formula 1»

© Flickr / Paul WilliamsПилот of Formula 1 team McLaren Jenson button. Archival photoIn Monte Carlo will start the Monaco Grand Prix, «Formula 1»© Flickr / Paul Williams

The Monaco Grand Prix, «Formula 1», which is one of the most interesting and unpredictable stages of the championship, starts on Thursday on the streets of Monte Carlo, and the return behind the wheel of «McLaren» Jenson Button will be the highlight of the upcoming weekend.

The Monaco Grand Prix will be held on the street circuit in Monte Carlo from 25 to 28 may. After five stages of the championship in first place of the overall standings is Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari (104 points), the second line is the pilot «Mercedes» Lewis Hamilton (98), and closes the top three of his team-mate valtteri Bottas (63). Russian Daniel Quat of «Toro Rosso» is 15th with 4 points.

The return of the champion

The fight between Vettel and Hamilton continues to gain momentum: of the five races of the season, only one winner was another racer Bottas who has achieved success in Sochi. However, before the Monaco Grand Prix fans «Formulas-1» are expected not only the development of the duel between the German and British, but also return behind the wheel of the car of the «Royal races» the 2009 world champion Jenson Button. Yes, the British driver ended his career in 2016, but still accepted the invitation from «McLaren» to replace in Monaco, the Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who went on the «500 miles of Indianapolis» in the United States.

It is worth noting that in his championship season, button won his only victory in Monte-Carlo, which certainly adds to his emotional return to the Monaco Grand Prix. «I’m very excited at one point to return in «the Formula-1″ and I couldn’t think of a better place to return than to become the home of the Monaco Grand Prix. I won the race here earlier, in 2009, and this is one of my favorite race tracks. I understand that we will not have a real chance to repeat my victory of 2009, but I think we will have the opportunity to gain points that will be very valuable to the team in terms of standings in the constructors ‘ championship,» said button.

While Alonso himself said that for him the opportunity to win the «Indianapolis 500» is more important than any place on the Grand Prix «Formula 1» in Monaco. «The Monaco Grand Prix is definitely one race that I was preparing for all season, because with our capabilities we should be competitive there. Crossing the Monaco Grand Prix with the «Indianapolis 500″ is bad news, but overall I have much more to gain than lose. High probability to win the legendary race is much more important than anywhere in Monaco», — quotes Alonso

Will fall if the hegemony of the Mercedes?

But forget about the confrontation «Mercedes» and «Ferrari» is still not worth it, especially when you consider some interesting statistics. The German «stables» in recent years, are equal at this track no: four seasons in a row it was the pilots of «Mercedes» was there invincible while in 2016, the best was Hamilton.

«This is the type of run where a lot of moral readiness and strength, — quotes the words of Hamilton official website of «Formula-1″. – As for my possible return to first place in the overall standings, is now not the most important. You can come out ahead after one race, and then again to go back. I personally think of stability, you need to try to participate in all races in Spain. The main thing – to be the first after the finish of the entire season.»

Getting «points» in Spain, apparently, added optimism and Kvyat, who doubled their modest numbers from two to four scores. As noted by the pilot, the next race, he might consider another home.

«For me, it’s like another home race because I live in Monaco, and during the race weekend I fall asleep in your bed and near the paddock, which is pretty cool. The track itself is unique, I really like it. Yes, I have a decent result in Monaco: I didn’t finish in 2014, the fourth place in 2015, not finished in 2016… So this year it seems that the result should be good,» said Kvyat, who was quoted by the official website of «Formula-1».

The first and second free practices of the Monaco Grand Prix will take place on Thursday, they start at 11:00 and 15:00 GMT. The third free practice will take place on may 27 and will begin at 12:00 Moscow time, after it 15:00 MSK planned qualification. The race will take place on may 28 and will start at 15:00 GMT.