Australian Mark Webber will be looking to win for the third time in four years in the principality on Sunday as a field of elite drivers take to the streets of Monte Carlo in the Grand Prix of Monaco.
This weekend's circuit is like no other on the Formula One schedule. The shifts in elevation and tight corners make for a challenging ride and are sure to separate the more skillful drivers from the rest. There are 19 turns in all, and also a unique tunnel stretch at one of the fastest points of the circuit.
In addition to Webber, points leader Sebastian Vettel is sure to be in the mix, along with Spanish Grand Prix champion Fernando Alonso. All three have won here before and have looked strong in practice thus far.
Here we'll get you set for the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix
Where: Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
When: Sunday, May 26 at 8 a.m. ET
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault|
|4||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault|
|8||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes|
|15||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault|
|17||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes|
*Information via Formula1.com.
Circuit de Monaco
Drivers to Watch
Australian star Mark Webber has won the Grand Prix of Monaco twice in the past three years, and on Sunday he can join an elite list of men who have won here three times.
The 36-year-old has yet to win in five races this season, but did manage his second top-five finish of the year in his last outing in Barcelona.
Webber has some serious catching up to do in the standings (thanks to a 20th-place finish in China last month) if he hopes to win his first-ever Formula One championship in 2013. Trailing Sebastian Vettel by nearly 50 points, a win this weekend would be huge for the Aussie as he looks to build some momentum moving forward.
But given the sort of skill Webber has displayed in Monte Carlo in recent years, it's safe to say that, barring any mechanical issues, he'll be vying for the win in the late stages on Sunday.
Fresh off a victory in Barcelona two weeks ago, Spanish superstar Fernando Alonso looks poised for yet another strong finish in Europe.
The 31-year-old veteran already has two wins to his name through five races this season, conquering the Grand Prix of China in Shanghai last month to earn his first victory of the year.
A two-time Formula One champion, Alonso has picked up more than 30 wins over the course of his career. But more so than wins, the Spaniard is after points. He's currently 17 points back of Sebastian Vettel in the driver standings.
After finishing second behind Vettel in 2010 and again last year, you can bet Alonso will be zipping around the circuit in his Ferrari on Sunday.
Keep in mind that he won this race in back-to-back years in 2006 and 2007, but has not won since.
Current driver points leader Sebastian Vettel will look to bounce back this weekend following a disappointing fourth-place finish in Spain two weeks ago.
The three-time defending Formula One champion has looked strong for the most part in 2013, winning in Malaysia and Bahrain. Plus, the 25-year-old German has yet to finish outside the top five in any race this year.
Vettel ran well but ultimately finished fourth in Monte Carlo a year ago, missing out on opportunity to repeat after breaking through and winning here for the first time in 2011.
Like Webber and Alonso, Vettel is a past champion of Monaco, which bodes well for his chances on Sunday. After all, you don't get to be the best Formula One has to offer without possessing some serious talent behind the wheel.
To this point in the year, consistency has been the name of the game for Vettel and his Red Bull Racing team, and they look primed for another solid run this weekend.
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