Laps: 78 laps
Start time: 14:00hrs local (CET) / 13:00 BST
Pole position is located on the inside of the track. The racing line is towards the outside, giving slightly more grip, but it’s only a short run to Turn One and the pole-sitter wants to be on the right-hand-side for Sainte Devote.
There is one DRS zone, on the approach to Turn One.
Don't put the kettle on...
For the last two years, the race has been lost in the pits. Lewis Hamilton made an unscheduled pitstop from the lead during a Safety Car period in 2015, dropping to third place, while a delayed pitstop for Daniel Ricciardo in ’16 handed victory to Hamilton. Given the durability of this year’s wider tyres, it will most-likely be a one-stop race if it’s dry, and the pitstops will come at around half-distance.
301m/0.193 miles (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.283 miles). Estimated time loss for a pitstop is 22s.
80 per cent, which is high. The lack of run-off around the lap means even the smallest mistakes can result in contact with the barrier. The resultant debris brings out the Safety Car, or the Virtual Safety Car, which was used for the first time at the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix
Watch out for...
Turn Three. This blind 155km/h (96mph) left-hander, named after the French composer Jules Massenet, rises over a crest, making it easy for the drivers to out-brake themselves and run wide. If they get off the racing line; it’s easy to end up in the barrier on the outside
What makes this race interesting...
To quote Jenson Button, “it’s Monaco baby!” There might not be much overtaking during the race, but the drivers are tested to the limit all weekend. You have to go back to 1996 to find the last time the winner came from outside the top three on the grid, so qualifying and the race are both vital.