(MENAFN) The highly anticipated 2023 Monaco Grand Prix is ready to rev up the excitement on Sunday, marking a return to Formula One after the previous Emilia Romagna GP was skipped due to severe flooding in northern Italy. The prestigious 78-lap race will unfold on the iconic Circuit de Monaco, a thrilling 3.337-kilometer (2.07-mile) street circuit nestled near the port of Monte Carlo.
The Circuit de Monaco has a rich history, hosting its inaugural Grand Prix in 1950. Known for its challenging layout and breathtaking views, the Monaco race is often regarded as one of the highlights of the F1 calendar.
Following practice rounds and an intense qualifying phase, Round 7 will kick off at 1300 GMT on Sunday, captivating fans around the world with high-speed action and tactical maneuvers.
The Red Bull Racing team has been dominating the championship this season, securing victory in all five races thus far. Dutch sensation Max Verstappen, the reigning F1 champion from 2021 and 2022, has been in scintillating form, triumphing in Bahrain, Australia, and Miami. His teammate, the talented Sergio Perez from Mexico, showcased his skills by winning the Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan Grands Prix.
However, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, originally scheduled as the sixth round of the 2023 F1 season, fell victim to adverse weather conditions. Serious flooding ravaged northern Italy, prompting the cancellation of the race, leaving fans and teams disappointed. The focus now shifts to Monaco, where the drivers are eager to showcase their talents on the challenging street circuit.
As the championship standings stand, Verstappen holds the top spot with an impressive 119 points, closely followed by Perez with 105 points. Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin sits in third place with 75 points, while the legendary Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes, a seven-time F1 champion, trails in fourth position with 56 points. Carlos Sainz, representing Ferrari, holds fifth place with 44 points.
In the Constructors' Standings, Red Bull Racing has asserted its dominance, accumulating a formidable 224 points. Aston Martin sits in second place with 102 points, followed by Mercedes with 96 points. Ferrari is not far behind with 78 points, while McLaren currently occupies fifth place with 14 points.
The 2023 Monaco Grand Prix promises to be a thrilling showcase of speed, skill, and strategy, as the drivers navigate the challenging twists and turns of the historic street circuit. With Red Bull's current stronghold on the championship, other teams will be keen to mount a challenge and showcase their prowess on this iconic stage.
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