Starting Grid 2019 Monaco F1 GP

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 23: Huge crowd support for Ferrari during the Monaco GP at Monte Carlo on May 23, 2019 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Jerry Andre / Sutton Images)

Event: Monaco Grand Prix
Track: Monaco Street Circuit

Start time: 15:10 (local) | 14:10 GMT | 07:10 PT

Again Mercedes scored a front row lockout in 2019. We never saw Lewis Hamilton more happy after he won a pole since a long time. It's also only his 2nd pole at Monaco. It sure will be harsh for Hamilton, because Senna is still the Monaco king with 5 poles and 6th wins in Monte Carlo.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has set the fastest-ever lap of the Monte Carlo circuit on the C5 compound – the softest in the Formula 1 range – qualifying ahead of his team mate Valtteri Bottas, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen third. Hamilton was presented with the Pirelli Pole Position Award by Sir Jackie Stewart, the founder of the Race Against Dementia charity – which benefits from the auction of an identical Pirelli pole award tyre over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

Start Grid 2019 Monaco F1 GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time
         144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:10.166
         277Valtteri BottasMercedes1:10.252
         333Max VerstappenRed Bull1:10.641
         45Sebastian VettelFerrari1:10.947
         510Pierre GaslyRed Bull1:11.041
         620Kevin MagnussenHaas1:11.109
         73Daniel RicciardoRenault1:11.218
         826Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:11.271
         955Carlos SainzMcLaren1:11.417
       1023Alexander AlbonToro Rosso1:11.653
       1127Nico HülkenbergRenault1:11.670
       124Lando NorrisMcLaren1:11.724
       138Romain GrosjeanHaas1:12.027
       147Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:12.115
       1516Charles LeclercFerrari1:12.149
       1611Sergio PérezRacing Point1:12.233
       1718Lance StrollRacing Point1:12.846
       1899*Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:12.185
       1963George RussellWilliams1:13.477
       2088Robert KubicaWilliams1:13.751


  • Antonio Giovinazzi - Alfa Romeo C38 no. 99, 3 places grid penalty for impeding Romain Grojean during qualifying.

Best Tyre Strategy 2019 Monaco GP

tyre strategy 2019 Monaco GP

The theoretically fastest strategy for the 78-lap Monaco Grand Prix is a one-stopper: no surprises there. And there’s also a very wide pit stop window, due to the low tyre wear and degradation on this famously low-energy circuit. So, the quickest way is to start on the soft compound, then switch to the hard tyre at any point between laps 10 and 22, according to each team’s tactical needs. This wide window also means that teams could potentially take full advantage of a well-timed safety car period: a strong possibility in Monaco.

A slightly slower strategy is to start on the soft tyre and then switch to the medium at any point between laps 18 and 25. Obviously this requires a bit more tyre management, as it involves going further on a softer compound.

Finally, there’s a two-stopper – but this would only be relevant if degradation on the soft is higher than expected, maybe with higher temperatures. In which case, it would be two stints on the soft of 10 to 12 laps each, followed by a final stint on the hard tyre.


  • The start. As it’s very hard to overtake in Monaco, the race start is often the best opportunity. There’s a fast warm-up on the soft tyre, which should help.
  • Spread out pit stops. There’s a wide pit stop window so we might not see the cars coming in at the same time: they can time the stops to suit them best.
  • Safety cars. There’s an 80% historical chance of a safety car in Monaco, which could influence strategy and pit stops.
  • The P Zero Red soft tyre. All the top 10 will be starting on this compound, and there’s unlikely to be much of an advantage in starting on any other tyre.
  • The P Zero White hard tyre. The theoretically fastest strategy involves using it for the second stint – but there has been quite limited running on this tyre so far.

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2 F1 Fan comments on “Starting Grid 2019 Monaco F1 GP

  1. David Gladwin

    At what point will the saps who buy tickets (as opposed to 'Corporate' jollies) realize this season is stitched up. Mercedes and Hamilton champions. Williams, sadly, wooden spoon. Stay at home as we are and watch bits of it on TV

  2. mark

    Well Ferrari ,You have now lost my interest as a fan!!Not getting LC on q1 was another bad mistake of which your stratigest gets paid im sure alot of money to do this task or who ever is in charge of this.I fell really sorry for the drivers.Im sure there are alot more Fans that will stray away from F1


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