Monaco GP: Stats and history

Reuters - Wed, 12 May 13:52:00 2010

Some key statistics ahead of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix plus a look back at the last five races at the street circuit.

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WINS

Mark Webber's victory in Spain at the weekend was the Australian's third and Red Bull's eighth in Formula One - as many as Brawn managed last season.

Webber can now become the first Australian to win two successive races since Alan Jones in 1980.

Ferrari have won 211 times while McLaren are the second most successful team with 166 victories. Williams have 113 wins.

POLE POSITION

Red Bull have started all five races this season on pole position (Sebastian Vettel 3, Mark Webber 2)

Webber is the only driver to have won from pole position this season.

The last team to take six poles in a row was Ferrari in 2006-07. Ferrari have not been on pole since the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.

FRONT ROW

Red Bull have started the last nine races with at least one car on the front row.

Despite his two wins, championship leader Jenson Button has not started on the front row since Turkey in June.

McLaren last started on the front row in Abu Dhabi last November.

MONACO

Ferrari have not won in Monaco since Michael Schumacher in 2001. However the team have set the fastest lap in five of the last six races there.

Despite the difficulty of overtaking in Monaco, the driver starting on pole position has won only five times in the last 10 years.

McLaren have won five of the last 10 Monaco Grands Prix. Over the last 26 years the team have won 15 times to Ferrari's three.

The last time a Ferrari driver failed to stand on the Monaco podium was in 2006.

Jack Brabham, in 1959, is the only Australian to have won the Monaco Grand Prix since the championship started in 1950.

QUALIFYING

Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher out-qualified Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for the first time in Spain at the weekend.

The only drivers with a 5-0 score against them are Renault's Russian rookie Vitaly Petrov, Force India's Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi and Virgin's Brazilian rookie Lucas di Grassi.

POINTS

Button, Webber and Ferrari's Felipe Massa are the only drivers to have scored points in every race.

MILESTONE

Liuzzi will be making his 50th race start in Formula One.

THE CIRCUIT

Qualifying is crucial as overtaking is very difficult. The world's most famous street circuit offers no margin for error and the crash barriers are unforgiving.

Overall speeds are relatively low, with the maximum of about 290 kph through the tunnel section, and the track is tight and twisty.

In the old days, drivers would end up with blistered hands after making about 50 gear changes a lap.

LAST FIVE RACES

2009 - Jenson Button (Brawn)

Button took his fifth win in six races, leading a Brawn one-two after starting on pole. His only mistake was to park in the wrong place after the chequered flag, the Briton then leaping out of the car to run along the straight from the pit lane. Rubens Barrichello was second.

2008 - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

Hamilton won to take the championship lead despite starting third and having to make an unscheduled pitstop after hitting the barriers on lap six. The race ended two laps early after the two-hour mark was reached.

2007 - Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

Alonso won for the second year in a row, with team-mate Hamilton completing a dominant McLaren one-two. Alonso started on pole and set the fastest lap, but Hamilton was unhappy and suggested he had been forced by his team into a supporting role.

2006 - Alonso (Renault)

Alonso won but Ferrari's Michael Schumacher provided the main talking point after qualifying. The German was branded a cheat by some and sent from pole to last for deliberately obstructing rivals. He finished fifth.

2005 - Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren)

Raikkonen's second win in a row, and second from pole position, lifted him to second in the championship. Alonso limped home fourth with his tyres almost gone.

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