While Turn 10’s changes mean it’s not quite the same barometer it used to be, Barcelona’s sector three does feature a greater number of medium and low speed corners that are seen as indicators of Monaco form, and Ferrari were particularly competitive there.
Alpine, by contrast, have now had back-to-back races where they look really quick over one lap but struggle to maintain that form across a race distance. That’s not so much of a problem in Monaco, where getting a good grid position is key and even poor race pace shouldn’t hurt the final result as quicker cars behind will find it so hard to pass.
5. McLaren’s new livery and 750 up for Williams
An iconic race is always a good time to celebrate something special, and that’s exactly what’s happening with two iconic teams down at McLaren and Williams.
As announced on Sunday, McLaren are going to be running a classic livery that hasn’t been seen in F1 but has been used in their sportscar history, taking on the distinctive Gulf colours for the Monaco weekend. The whole car has been changed with an awesome looking design, but there will also be fresh overalls, special driver helmets and bespoke team kit.
READ MORE: How fan power inspired McLaren to go with a special livery for Monaco
While McLaren are recognising a partnership, Williams are celebrating a milestone in their history as they enter their 750th Grand Prix. As part of that, the team are inviting fans to find out their race number – how many races they have been a Williams supporter – by using a special calculator on the team’s website, and will then carry the names of 100 lucky winners on the halo of the FW43B this weekend.
READ MORE: Williams cars will carry fans’ names at Monaco Grand Prix as team celebrate 750 races in F1
There is also limited edition merchandise going on sale and a unique logo being run on the car to mark the occasion, as Williams become only the third team – after Ferrari and McLaren – to reach the milestone.
After such a competitive run for the team in Spain, it would be a pretty good time to finally pick up their first points since 2019, wouldn’t it?
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