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Monaco Grand Prix: Can Mercedes be stopped in Monte Carlo?

Ayrton Senna at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1990

It seems the other 18 drivers and nine teams on the grid will have to pull out something special to stop Mercedes this season.

The Spanish Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton pass pole-sitter and team-mate Valtteri Bottas into the first corner and stride away for a comfortable victory and a fifth consecutive Silver Arrows one-two finish.

“This is history in the making to have five one-twos,” Hamilton said. “I’m proud of that and proud of everyone’s hard work.”

His Spanish dominance means Hamilton is back on top of the drivers’ championship with 112 points, seven points ahead of the resurgent Bottas, going into this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The rest of the pack already look to have been set adrift in both the drivers’ and constructors’ title races, with Ferrari trailing 96 points behind Mercedes in the team championship.

After impressing at the Barcelona circuit in pre-season testing, the Italian outfit were crestfallen as team strategy and performance left them lagging behind their rivals once again.

Perhaps good fortune will finally come in the shape of the (very wealthy) home support, as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc aims to become the first Monegasque driver to win the Monaco Grand Prix.

Although, watch out for Max Verstappen. The 21-year-old Dutchman has cast aside the mistakes that blighted his early career and has now become an added conundrum for the Scuderia to solve.

A third-placed finish in Spain means Verstappen has now either finished ahead of or between Vettel or Leclerc in every race so far this season.

This article is from the BBC Sport website / bbc.co.uk - Monaco Grand Prix: Can Mercedes be stopped in Monte Carlo?

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