Monaco Grand Prix 2014: B/R Experts Predict Pole, Race Winner and More

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMay 23, 2014

Getty

As the Formula One season heads to Europe, our Bleacher Report F1 experts are doing their best to predict the key results from the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix

It's a blue-riband event, with the eyes of the motorsports world trained on the billionaires' playground. 

Mercedes have dominated the early-season races and looked as strong as ever in Spain. The street circuit is a different challenge, but will it throw up a different result?

Joining us is Bob Margolis, who covers NASCAR in the U.S. for Bleacher Report. He'll be pitting his wits against our F1 team, and you can as well.

Here are our best guesses:

Mark Patterson: The stage is set for Nico Rosberg. He has signed a contract extension and knows he has the faith of the team. He is driving at his "home" track, being a Monaco resident. And he won here last year. If he can't win this weekend, his title chances may be irreparably damaged—but I expect him to dominate.

Oliver Harden: Monaco's reputation as a track which rewards driver skill could allow Daniel Ricciardo, who has always been a strong qualifier, to spring a surprise on Saturday. But expect Mercedes to stretch their legs once again in the race.

Matthew Walthert: A safety car (or two) will make this a much closer race than we saw in Spain, but the two Mercs will still have no trouble keeping their rivals behind them. After losing out to Lewis Hamilton in qualifying, Rosberg will be unable to get by his teammate on the tight, twisty streets of Monte Carlo. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso will sneak in a late fastest lap as the Silver Arrows are cruising to their fifth straight one-two finish.

Neil James: Monaco is a circuit on which Lewis Hamilton should excel. In years gone by, "should" might have translated into a botched qualifying lap and fifth on the grid, but this season it should mean pole and, by extension, the race win. But expect a much smaller gap back to the Red Bulls, one of which may even pip Rosberg for second.

Bob Margolis: Lewis Hamilton's dominance this season has unfortunately drawn attention away from the close and entertaining competition offered by the rest of the field. While Monaco will be yet another display of mastery by the Brit, it is the race for who is the "best of the rest" that bears watching this weekend.

 

B/R Expert Picks: Monaco GP
ColumnistMark PattersonOliver HardenMatthew WalthertNeil JamesBob Margolis
Pole PositionNico RosbergDaniel RicciardoLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton
Race WinnerNico RosbergNico RosbergLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton
Fastest LapNico RosbergNico RosbergFernando AlonsoNico RosbergLewis Hamilton
Top TeamMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedes
Number of Finishers1916161614

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 23:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP poses for a photo for the fans ahead of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 23, 2014 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Clive Mason/Getty Images

 

Here's how we did in Spain and what the results did to our scores so far this season: 

B/R Expert Picks: After Spanish GP
ColumnistMark PattersonOliver HardenMatthew Walthert Neil JamesRESULT
Pole PositionNico Rosberg Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel Lewis Hamilton
Race WinnerNico Rosberg Lewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton
Fastest LapLewis Hamilton Lewis HamiltonNico RosbergNico Rosberg Sebastian Vettel
Top TeamMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedes
Number of Finishers1818161720
Spain Points2432-
Points This Season13161516-

 

How the Scores Are Calculated

The right answer earns you one point, except in the case of total finishers, where you can be two cars either side. However, if you predict the exact correct number of finishers, you pick up two points.

Feel free to play along in the comments, and see how you fare against our predictions!