2016 Monaco Grand Prix

This weekend's Monaco grand prix promises to be an exciting race, even though the track is notorious for offering few passing opportunities.

There's more than one way to win a grand prix, as both Mercedes and Red Bull showed last time out in Spain. Mercedes more accurately showed how to lose a grand prix, as both of their drivers crashed out together going into the fourth corner of the first lap. In some ways it's a surprise that it's taken this long to happen - previous examples in F1 history suggest that two highly talented drivers in equal machinery who know they are faster than the rest of the field tend to get scrappy quite fast. Fortunately for Mercedes there doesn't seem to be much bad blood between Hamilton and Rosberg over the accident, and really had the collision occurred between any two other cars in the field it would likely have been dismissed as a racing incident almost immediately.

Red Bull, by contrast, showed how to win a race, but not quite in the way you might expect. After the Mercedes cars wiped each other out Daniel Ricciardo seemed to be in control of the race. But a different pit strategy compared to his new teammate Max Verstappen saw the man who is ostensibly Red Bull's lead driver emerge in fourth place while the Dutchman went on to become the youngest man ever to win in Formula 1.

Ricciardo's anger at the way the strategy robbed him of a win is completely understandable. His performance thus far this weekend, though, has been remarkable. He was fastest in second practice, faster than Lewis Hamilton by over half a second, and although the new engine in the back of his car goes some way towards that the boost it provides goes only a small way towards explaining the gap. He also lead Verstappen by nearly a second, and it looks like Ricciardo is ready to stamp his authority all over this race.

We know Mercedes always seem to find a bit more pace on a Saturday, but on this form we'd be daft not to tip Ricciardo for pole position in qualifying. The best place to back that is at BoyleSports, offering a price of 9/4.

This being Monaco, whoever in on pole has the strongest chance of winning the race, and given we've tipped Ricciardo for pole we have to say we think he's worth backing for the win too. The best place to take that is at StanJames, who will give you a very decent 5/2.

Finally, this being Monaco, it's unlikely we'll make it to the end without more than a few retirements. We're tempted to take a punt on the first person to go, and, assuming there are no major first corner pileups, it makes sense to go for a driver with less experience at this circuit.

Manor driver Rio Haryanto has already had one big crash this weekend and rather fits the bill, and the best place to back him as first driver to retire is at SkyBet, who will give you a tempting 14/1.

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