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Rarely is something both the slowest and the hardest at the same time, but that all goes out the window when you’re talking about the Grand Prix at Monaco. For the majority of the F1 season, the drivers get to open up their cars a good bit. At Monaco, those chances to go wide open are limited to about three, as there are only a three extended straightaways on the track.

Besides those three straights, drivers get to deal with a plethora of intense twists and blind turns that require great care to negotiate correctly. These tight turns all amount to Monaco being the lowest average speed course on the F1 circuit, and arguably the hardest one on the circuit.

Well, the 70th running of this ultra-technical road course is due to start on May 27, 2012 and we’re going to provide a quick preview of what’s to come.

Click past the jump to read all about the Grand Prix at Monaco

History

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After some persuasion from the Automobile Club of Monaco members, then president of the club and Prince launched the Grand Prix of Monaco. The inaugural race went off on April 14th, 1929. The second running took place on April 19th, 1932 with world speed record holder Captain Sir Malcom Campbell winning in his Rolls Royce.

The Grand Prix failed to run from 1938 through 1947, due to economic reasons and lack of interest from participants. The race resumed in 1948 but was cancelled again the following year after the death of Prince Louis II. Races took place again in 1950 and `52, but they were cancelled in `53 and `54. The following year, the race went off without a hitch and it has continued that way for 57 years.

2012 Schedule

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The 2012 running of the Grand Prix of Monaco is a four-day event that consists of multiple practices and a series of qualifying runs for positioning. The schedule is as follows:

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Thursday May 24, 2012

Time Event
7:00Road closure to traffic
8:30 to 9:15Free practice session Formula Renault 3.5
10:00 to 11:301st Free Practice Session F1
12:00 to 12:30Free practice session GP2
14:00 to 15:302rd Free Practice Session F1
16:00 to 16:30Qualifying GP2
16:55 to 17:25Free practice Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
19:00Opening of track to road traffic

Friday May 25, 2012

Time Event
7:00Road closure to traffic
9:45 to 10:15Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (First qualifying session)
10:50 to 11:55GP2 - First Race (42 laps or 60 mins)
14:00Opening of track to road traffic

Saturday May 26, 2012

Time Event
6:00Road closure to traffic
9:00 to 9:25Formula Renault 3.5 (Qualifying - série A)
9:30 to 9:55Formula Renault 3.5 (Qualifying - série B)
11:00 to 12:003rd Free Practice Session F1
14:00 to 15:00Free practice Qualifying F1
16:00 to 16:50GP2 - Second Race (30 laps or 45 mins)
19:00Opening of track to road traffic

Sunday May 27, 2012

Time Event
7:00Road closure to traffic
9:45 to 10:15Porsche Mobil 1 SuperCup (16 laps or 30 mins)
11:10 to 12:00Formula Renault 3.5 - (25 laps or 45 mins)
12:30Formula 1 - Drivers parade
14:0070th GRAND PRIX of MONACO 2012 (lasting 78 laps or 2 hours)
19:00Opening of track to road traffic

Weather

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Weather always plays a huge factor on the Grand Prix of Monaco, as it is a very wet area. As of now, it looks like there will be showers throughout the day and night. On race day it looks to be partly cloudy and only reaching a high of 69 degrees, so areas of the track may still be damp, depending on when the rain ends and how the sunshine goes.

Keep in mind that the race is bracketed between two days of rain – it is supposed to rain on Monday too – so there is a good chance of a little of the wet stuff on race day. That always makes things a little interesting.

Practice Results

With both practice days in the books, we can get a good idea of how all of the drivers are doing thus far. This won’t tell us who’ll win, but it gives you a good idea of who’s feeling “it” and who is not on their game yet.

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Practice 1 Results

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
15Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:16.265N/A22
210Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:16.6300.36517
315Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari1:16.7110.44619
44Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:16.7470.48212
518Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:16.7600.49520
66Felipe MassaFerrari1:16.8430.57819
714Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1:17.0380.77321
83Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:17.1900.92513
91Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:17.2220.95714
108Nico RosbergMercedes1:17.2610.99618
117Michael SchumacherMercedes1:17.4131.14814
1212Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:17.6311.36618
132Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:18.1061.84114
1417Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:18.2091.94425
1516Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:18.2521.98728
1611Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:18.3022.03716
1719Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault1:18.6172.35220
1820Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1:19.0392.77420
1921Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault1:19.3413.07616
2023Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1:20.8384.57326
2125Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth1:20.8954.63018
2224Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth1:21.6385.3739
2322Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth1:22.4236.15815
249Kimi RäikkönenLotus-RenaultNo timeN/A1

Practice 2 Results

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
13Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:15 .746N/A17
210Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:16 .1380.39219
36Felipe MassaFerrari1:16.6020.85621
45Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:16.6610.91523
518Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:16.8201.07420
68Nico RosbergMercedes1:17.0211.27515
72Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:17.1481.40223
814Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1:17.1531.40722
97Michael SchumacherMercedes1:17.2931.54711
101Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:17.3031.55721
114Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:17.3751.62919
1211Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:17.3951.64921
1319Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault1:17.6551.90918
1412Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:17.8002.05425
1515Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari1:18.2512.50524
1621Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault1:18.4402.69425
1717Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:18.5222.77622
1816Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:18.8083.06226
199Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:19.2673.52125
2024Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth1:19.3093.56329
2120Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1:20.0294.28313
2225Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth1:20.2404.49421
2322Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth1:20.6314.88512
2423Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1:20.8865.14010

F1 Points Standings

The 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco will certainly have some impact on the points standings, as you have Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso tied in first with 61 points each. Almost the entire top drivers can see overall standings shifts, depending on their finish on Sunday, as the largest gap is only eight points, which is between No. 1 and No. 2 and a No. 1 finish will net a driver 25 points.

To finish things up, let’s have a look at the points standings as we head into Monaco:

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Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1Sebastian VettelGermanRed Bull Racing-Renault61
2Fernando AlonsoSpanishFerrari61
3Lewis HamiltonBritishMcLaren-Mercedes53
4Kimi RäikkönenFinnishLotus-Renault49
5Mark WebberAustralianRed Bull Racing-Renault48
6Jenson ButtonBritishMcLaren-Mercedes45
7Nico RosbergGermanMercedes41
8Romain GrosjeanFrenchLotus-Renault35
9Pastor MaldonadoVenezuelanWilliams-Renault29
10Sergio PerezMexicanSauber-Ferrari22
11Kamui KobayashiJapaneseSauber-Ferrari19
12Paul di RestaBritishForce India-Mercedes15
13Bruno SennaBrazilianWilliams-Renault14
14Jean-Eric VergneFrenchSTR-Ferrari4
15Nico HulkenbergGermanForce India-Mercedes3
16Daniel RicciardoAustralianSTR-Ferrari2
17Felipe MassaBrazilianFerrari2
18Michael SchumacherGermanMercedes2
19Timo GlockGermanMarussia-Cosworth0
20Charles PicFrenchMarussia-Cosworth0
21Vitaly PetrovRussianCaterham-Renault0
22Heikki KovalainenFinnishCaterham-Renault0
23Pedro de la RosaSpanishHRT-Coswort0
24Narain KarthikeyanIndianHRT-Cosworth0
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