Ferrari’s ice-cool Finn among 3 money makers for Monaco GP
The assembled jet-set, the super yachts, the narrow streets, the prestige and above all else the near impossibility of overtaking, all mark the Monaco Grand Prix out as the most unique race in the Formula One calendar.
But what does all this glitz and glamour mean for Ladbrokes customers hoping to make a buck on the race?
The exceptional nature of the Monaco Grand Prix does lend itself to a sprinkling of strong trends, while some F1 drivers tend to relish the challenge more than others.
Here are three Monaco pointers which hopefully nudge punters towards a profit:
Whoever grabs pole normally wins
Felipe Massa won’t need reminding that he’s the only driver in the last 10 editions of this race not to convert pole into victory.
2008 was the year, when Lewis Hamilton stole a march on the Brazilian en route to his first world championship, though that remains the Brit’s single triumph around Monaco’s streets.
The last two years have belonged to Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg, who is searching for three in a row in the principality, having just chalked up his first pole and victory of the season in Barcelona ahead of this.
The German therefore looks the value bet once more at 5/4 for pole, while those brave enough can also grab his 6/4 win odds, rather than the more sensible but less profitable route of waiting to see who the begins from the front of the grid before backing them.
Experience matters and Kimi Raikonnen looks good for a podium
Ferrari’s Finn was a winner at Monaco during his first stint in F1 a decade ago and since then he has performed well at the track without too much luck.
However, where qualifying is so essential, Ferrari’s closeness to Mercedes in speed is likely to be a key factor in the eventual race order with overtaking a virtual no go.
Felipe Massa knows his way around this circuit
Although the Brazilian has the aforementioned anomaly against his name, he’s Mr Consistent at Monaco, finishing in the top six (barring enforced retirement twice) in the last eight renewals.
The Williams driver looks a fine 8/13 bet for the top six as a result.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.