2015 Monaco Grand Prix Preview


The Indianapolis 500 may dub itself “the greatest spectacle racing”, but the Monaco Grand Prix has a very strong case to claiming that moniker such is its history, legacy and popularity.

Taking place around the streets of the principality, Monaco is often called the “jewel in the F1 crown”. Not only does the race pose one of the biggest challenges in motorsport, but it also sees the rich and famous come out in force for the weekend. The rule in Monaco is if you’ve got it, flaunt it.

The championship arrives on the Mediterranean coast finely poised following Nico Rosberg’s victory at the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago. The German driver ended a barren run of form to finally beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on-track and bring himself back into the title hunt.

Hamilton is the talk of the town this weekend after his new three-year contract with Mercedes was announced on Wednesday, thought to be worth over $150m. Although it has been something of a formality for some time, to finally have it signed and out in the open will be a weight off both Hamilton’s and Mercedes’ minds.

The Mercedes duo will now be solely focusing on winning this weekend’s race, and both have history around the famous Monegasque streets. Hamilton won the 2008 edition of the grand prix racing for McLaren, but it is Rosberg who is the form driver as he has won the last two events in his hometown city.

Here is our complete preview for the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix.

2015 Monaco Grand Prix – Talking Points

Rosberg chases a Monaco three-peat

Only three drivers have won three consecutive Monaco Grands Prix: Graham Hill (a.k.a. Mr. Monaco, 1963-1965), Alain Prost (1984-1986) and Ayrton Senna (1989-1993). This weekend, Nico Rosberg bids to become the fourth following wins for Mercedes in 2013 and 2014. The German driver’s victory in last year’s race was rather controversial following a ‘mistake’ at Mirabeau in qualifying that denied Hamilton a shot at pole position, but he remains the man to beat.

Can Hamilton break his Monaco hoodoo?source:

Despite winning the 2008 race, Lewis Hamilton hasn’t enjoyed the same kind of success around the streets of Monaco. In fact, his second-place finish in last year’s race was his first podium finish in the principality since his victory. As he bids to emulate his idol, Ayrton Senna, in 2015 by winning a third world title, Hamilton will know securing a race win at Monaco will go a long way to doing exactly that. With Rosberg cutting the gap in Spain, the pressure is now on the Briton to hit back by doing what he does best: winning.

Ferrari hopes to get in the mix once again

After fading towards the end of the Spanish Grand Prix, Ferrari hopes to bounce back this weekend at a track that should suit the SF15-T, according to Sebastian Vettel. The Italian marque has been a step closer to Mercedes this year than any of the teams did in 2014, and if either Vettel or teammate Kimi Raikkonen – both former winners in Monaco – can get between the Silver Arrows on the front row of the grid, Ferrari could yet stage something of an upset on Sunday.

Forza Jules

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most eventful on the calendar. Overtaking may come at a premium, but races of attrition are common thanks to the beckoning walls that will punish any drivers that pushes too far. As we saw in last year’s race when Jules Bianchi scored two points for Marussia, surprises can easily be sprung here. Although it is unlikely we’ll see a similar fairytale this weekend, the entire paddock will be thinking of Jules and his heroics 12 months ago.

Track changes

Some small changes have been made to the circuit for this weekend’s race, including resurfacing at various points on the track. The Formula E drivers that raced in Monaco two weeks ago reported that it was quite slippery, meaning that the F1 field will need to be on guard across the course of the lap. Further to that, the track has been widened at Tabac and on the exit of the Swimming Pool chicane to improve the sight lines for drivers. It should result in a quicker lap, but drivers will need to be careful not to abuse their new-found freedom at these parts of the circuit.

2015 Monaco Grand Prix – Facts and Figures

Track: Circuit de Monaco
Laps: 78
Corners: 19
Lap Record: Michael Schumacher 1:14.439 (Ferrari, 2004)
Tire Compounds: Super-Soft (Option); Soft (Prime)
2014 Winner: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2014 Pole Position: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:15.989
2014 Fastest Lap: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:18.479
DRS Zones: Main Straight (T19 to T1)

2015 Monaco Grand Prix – TV Times

Free Practice 1: NBC Sports Live Extra 4am ET 5/21
Free Practice 2: NBCSN 8am ET 5/21
Free Practice 3: NBC Sports Live Extra 5am ET 5/23
Qualifying: NBCSN 8am ET 5/23
Race: NBC 7:30am ET 5/24 (F1 Countdown on NBCSN from 7am ET)

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Houston


Eli Tomac led all 23 laps of the Monster Energy Supercross race at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the results show he now has three wins in the season and is one shy of tying Ricky Carmichael’s 48 for third on the all-time list. With this win, he takes a seven point lead in the standings with 12 rounds remaining.

For Tomac at Houston, it was literally a tale of two races. Both his heat and the main started the same with Tomac grabbing the holeshot, but he was passed quickly by Chase Sexton in the heat. Tomac faded quickly after getting passed and was trailing by almost eight seconds at the checkered flag, which caused him to retreat to the hauler and reassess his lines. Without making any adjustments to the bike, Tomac entered the Main with a new attitude, and simply rode better.

Supercross Results Houston
Chase Sexton played it safe in the sand, but he was aggressive in every other turn. – Feld Motor Sports

Sexton had so great a lead in his heat that one could not even use the cliche that he left Tomac in his dust. By the time the rider with the No. 1 plate crossed the same real estate as the No. 23, the dust was well settled. Sexton had a modest start on the initial gate drop and ended Lap 1 in fourth. He worked his way past Aaron Plessinger on Lap 3 and got around Jason Anderson three laps later. Sexton was able to catch Tomac and pressure him, but he picked a safe, i.e. slow line through the sand section and could never get alongside his rival.

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After starting the season with back-to-back seventh-place finishes, Anderson now has a pair of podiums. He won his heat and was easily one of the top three riders in the field, ultimately finishing behind the riders who finished 1-2 in the other preliminary. Anderson was subdued on the podium – happy he was there, but disappointed he has not yet found a way around the riders he is chasing in the points.

In the early stages of the race, Plessinger appeared to have a bike capable of winning. He pressured Tomac on the first two laps and was setting up the pass just as a red flag waved for an injury to Dylan Ferrandis that brought out a red flag. He lost second to Anderson on the restart and eventually slipped to fourth to score his first top-five of the season.

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Cooper Webb rounded out the top five. Along with Sexton, he is now one of just two riders with a sweep of that mark in 2023, but with Tomac’s three wins, he is beginning to slip in the points. Webb sits third in the standings, 12 points behind the leader.

Ken Roczen entered the race as the third rider with a sweep of the top five and progressively better results in the first three races of 2023. Had the pattern held, he would have finished at least second, but he struggled for most of the night, finishing fifth in his heat and eighth in the Main. There may have been extenuating circumstances, however. Ferrandis’ injury was suffered when he landed on the back of Roczen’s bike and potentially damaged the No. 94 Suzuki.

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The 250 East division made their 2023 debut in Houston, but the name atop the board was familiar. Hunter Lawrence joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the early points’ leader in their respective divisions, but it didn’t come without a little anxiety.

Riding behind Supercross newbie Tom Vialle on the second lap, Lawrence was forced to take evasive action when the leader pitched his bike sideways to scrub speed over a jump. Lawrence veered left and landed off course, but he cleared the Tuff Blox and kept his bike straight. Lawrence made the pass for the lead on Lap 18 and never relinquished it.

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In his first attempt on a 250, Max Anstie ascended to the podium. – Feld Motor Sports

England’s Max Anstie made the move from 450s to 250s this year after scoring a best result of 11th on the big bike at Anaheim 2 last year. It didn’t take anytime at all to find the front for Anstie, who finished second in both his heat and main.

It has been a while since Jordon Smith stood on the podium: February 23, 2019 to be exact when he finished that well in Detroit. A series of injuries kept him off the bike for much of 2020 and 2021, but he’s proving to be a factor when he’s healthy.

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There was a lot of hype surrounding the debut of Haiden Deegan in the 250 class and he proved it was merited. He finished fourth in his heat and main. He was as far down as ninth at one point in the feature before slowly picking off riders on his way to the front.

Jeremy Martin finished fifth and now has a streak of three consecutive top-fives to his credit stretching back to last year. Unfortunately, his pair of strong runs in 2022 were interrupted by injury.

Making impressive debuts in the 250 division, Vialle recovered from a fall to finish seventh, Chance Hymas finished eighth, and Talon Hawkins just missed the top 10 with an 11th.

2023 Results

Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s