Preview: Hamilton and Rosberg to reignite battle around the streets of Monaco

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will reignite their fiery battle this weekend when the Mercedes duo take to the streets of Monaco for sixth round of the 2016 World F1 Championship.

First held in 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix is the sport’s most famous race and and the last three have all been won by Rosberg who leads the championship going into this weekend.

The German will be gunning for a fourth victory on Sunday which would place him equal on the event’s all-time winner’s list alongside Alain Prost, two behind Ayrton Senna.

Rosberg said this week: “This is my favourite race of the season. It is very special as I live in Monaco, and I lived here when I was a child.

“I know the roads very well and I do not feel any pressure at the moment, but as the weekend builds-up there is always that feeling of something special.

“Sadly the Spanish Grand Prix did not go to plan but I still lead the championship and I have won four races this season.

“If I can win my fifth race of the year in Monaco that would be amazing, and that would be my fourth win in Monaco too.”

Hamilton is no stranger to winning the Monaco Grand Prix either, having secured victory back in 2008 for McLaren, but the Briton has endured a difficult season so far and will be desperate for success this weekend.

He said: “I have been able to concentrate on other things for a few days and try to forget what happened in Spain.

“For me that was not good, and I am now looking forward to Monaco and everything this very special Grand Prix brings to the season.

“I may not have enjoyed the best start to the season so far, but the points are still close at the top of the table and everything is there to play for.

“This season is long and we have many races remaining. A good result on Sunday would certainly help my season along very well.”

The Bicester-based Toro Rosso cars have looked strong so far this season with Carlos Sainz Jr and his new team-mate Daniil Kvyat keen to build on their form this weekend.

“We have a good car this season and I think I can score good points again here,” said Sainz.

Kvyat, who was recently demoted from Red Bull to Toro Rosso, added: “I enjoy racing at Monaco because it is a very famous track.

“It is totally unique and offers the driver a very rewarding experience. I am confident of racing well and want to give the team something to cheer in this my second race back with Toro Rosso.”

The Silverstone-based Sahara Force India cars have struggled so far in 2016 with Nico Hulkenberg not scoring points since the opening race of the year in March.

His team-mate Sergio Perez hasn’t fared much better and he said: “I have to be realistic ahead of this race and say I am aiming for a finish within the top ten.

“We don’t have the outright pace and have suffered some issues, but Monaco sometimes provides some challenging weather and that may play into our hands on Sunday.

“We will have to wait and see.”