|You expect me to pick up the pieces|
The Mercedes has proven qualifying king over the past 3 GP this year but has not had the set up to hold on to favourable grid positions throughout the races. With less overtaking possibilities here than at any other circuit, lack of race pace in Monaco may not be so much of a disadvantage which explains why Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg feature near the top of the betting charts for this race. This may also be a one or two stop race which again will play into the hands of the race leader able to dictate the pace of the race according to his tyre wear.So the Mercedes do look in good shape to challenge the Red Bulls, the Ferraris and the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen.
Talking of Lotus, the shunt of Romain Grosjean coupled with his DNF last year does not augur well for the Frenchman and his team's hopes are resting with the IceMan.
|'This is not looking good.........'|
We should expect between 15-18 finishers so there will not be too much opportunity for any of the smaller teams to finish in the points.
Fernando Alonso to win the race at 7/2
Kimi Raikkonen to be on the podium at 6/4
Mark Webber to be fastest qualifier (each way, one-fifth, first three) at 20/1