2021 Monaco Grand Prix Starting Grid: Who Is on Pole for Today’s F1 Race?

Published 05/23/2021, 6:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc reacts after getting pole position in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


The day is finally here; we are just hours away from the much-awaited Monaco Grand Prix kicking off. Given the narrow roads of the revered street circuit, it is highly important to start as high up on the starting grid as possible, for the starting grid often mirrors the result of the race.

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So, what are the starting positions of the crown jewel of the F1 calendar?

The grid for the Monaco Grand Prix

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In what has come as a major celebration for the Tifosi and fans of the sport from Monaco, it is Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in pole position. However, a cloud of uncertainty currently shadows his first pole this season.

He got into a massive turn 16 crash in the final moments of Q3, which inflicted quite a bit of damage to his car. If the team need to replace the gearbox of his car, he would be awarded a five-place penalty, which will make him lose his pole position.

Behind him is Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, followed by is Finland’s Valtteri Bottas in P3. Carlos Sainz sees himself in P4, behind him is his former teammate, Lando Norris, with Pierre Gasly in P6.

In seventh place is Lewis Hamilton, with Germany’s Sebastian Vettel in eighth place. Sergio Perez will start his race in P9, with Antonio Giovinazzi in P10.

P11 has gone to Esteban Ocon with Daniel Ricciardo in P12.Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll will start in P13, followed by Kimi Raikkonen. George Russell of Williams will start in 15th, with Yuki Tsunoda in 16th.

The bottom three go to Fernando Alonso, Nicholas Latifi, and Nikita Mazepin, respectively. Starting from dead last will be Mick Schumacher, who was unable to take part in quali due to a massive FP3 crash.

Who looks favorite to win at Monte Carlo?

In the past, whoever achieved pole position has won at Monaco, such as Lewis Hamilton back in 2019, and before him Daniel Ricciardo in 2018. Thus, leclerc feels confident in P1 and would aim to see the checkered flag in first place at his home race.

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Both of Ferrari‘s drivers, Carlos Sainz and Leclerc, looked dominating over the weekend and took everyone by surprise by their amazing pace around the circuit.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

So, who do you think will take the win in Monte Carlo, will Leclerc keep the lead, or will be overtaken by someone? We shall soon find out, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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