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A new winner perhaps ?

Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard are the only current F1 drivers who've won at Monaco and given the unpredictability of this race as well as the nature of this track which isn't a power track and we could see a new winner this year but we still cannot discount either Michael Schumacher nor David Coulthard cause the Monaco track also needs a cool head.

With the new Qualifying rules, the starting grid is going to be interesting as the teams develop their pit stop strategies for this race. The track is impossible to overtake on unless the driver in front makes a mistake and so the teams wouldn't want to risk putting their drivers on a heavy fuel load and get stuck for a big number of laps behind a slower car. At the same time though, they wouldn't want to have a very light fuel load and end up having to pit a few laps into the race and rejoin at the back of the grid. It will be tricky.

The McLaren team made the long awaited debut of their MP4-18 last week with Alexander Wurz giving it a shakedown at the Paul Ricard track. Williams, Renault and Toyota were also present. BAR and Sauber were testing at Valencia while Ferrari were at their private track at Fiorano.

Ferrari: They have now taken the lead in the Constructors Championship following a  1-3 finish in Austria. They now lead McLaren by 1 point. 
It is hard for Ferrari (or any other team for that matter) to dominate in Monaco. Last year despite the Ferrari dominating the race before (and after) Monaco, they qualified in 3rd and finished 3rd. This year they may do better but it won't be a walk in the park.
Reliability 9.0/10 - Speed 9.5/10

Drivers: Michael Schumacher won in Austria after suffering a setback in the pits but recovered superbly. Michael never gives up as long as there is a chance and he did exactly that in Austria. Michael must be the favourite to win here but he'll have some serious competition from the McLaren pair as well as the Renaults.  

Rubens Barrichello didn't impress in Austria where he should have. Don't expect him to match Michael in Monaco. A top 6 finish is likely but a podium will be hard.

McLaren: The pressure is on to get the new car sorted out and go racing with it. Ferrari might be only 1 point ahead but the longer they keep racing the old car the more likely the gap to Ferrari will increase. In Monaco though, they won't be disadvantaged much, in fact they could be up there with Ferrari.
Reliability 9.0/10 - Speed 9.0/10

Drivers: Kimi Raikkonen maintains the lead in the Drivers' Championship by 2 points. Last year he was forced out by Barrichello but wasn't a match to Coulthard. This year with a win in the bag and 5 podium finishes he may challenge. He needs to keep his cool though as crashing in Monaco is too easy!. A podium is possible, a win will be difficult.

David Coulthard is struggling to keep up with Kimi but in Monaco he should be on top. If he isn't, then he shouldn't be racing with McLaren. Coulthard will be the main challenger to Michael and if he gets a good grid position he can win this race.

Renault: They are still in 3rd place despite scoring just one point in Austria. Alonso was unlucky not to finish (and score points) due to his engine failure but Renault weren't expecting a strong result in Austria due to their lack of power. In Monaco it is a completely different story, they've shown how strong they can be on medium speed tracks and they'll be even stronger on slow tracks like Monaco. The car is very efficient so they'll be qualifying on a lighter fuel load than the rest but will still be able to adopt a similar stop strategy. 
The team though may be a bit ambitious with their 1-2 finish expectation.  
Reliability 9.0/10 - Speed 8.5/10

Drivers: Fernando Alonso has dropped to 4th in the Drivers' Championship, 1 point behind Rubens Barrichello. He has done well in the past here (In F1 and lower formulae's) so expect him to be strong. He could start from Pole and win. 

Jarno Trulli is struggling to keep up with Alonso so far this season but in Monaco he should be a match or more. Like Alonso, he'll be strong in qualifying and could win the race. 

Williams: For the second time this season the miss a winning opportunity. In Melbourne Montoya spun while leading while in Austria Montoya retired with a blown engine while leading. They are unlikely to be strong here as they have chassis problems and their superior power won't help them as they won't be needing it. Reliability 8.5/10 - Speed 8.5/10

Drivers: Ralf Schumacher continues to finish in the points (every race so far this season) while the others drop out but he hasn't been impressive so in Monaco the same applies, he may score some good points but only after those in front drop out.

Juan Pablo Montoya has now lost 2 potential wins this season, one due to his own mistake and the other due to an engine problem. Last year he was strong here and this year he will be strong (compared to his team-mate) but the car isn't good enough for a win. 

Jordan: Their only chance here is for a high attrition rate with the cars ahead. Otherwise, despite Fisichella's good record here, they don't have a good chance. Reliability 6.0/10 - Speed 7.5/10

Drivers: Giancarlo Fisichella apart from winning in Brazil under odd circumstances, he has yet to cross the finish line. He has been classified in 2 races but in both those his car stopped before the end. Monaco will be tough for him to do well given the car unless it rains of course then he could even win (again!)

Ralph Firman will struggle here. This is the most difficult track to race on and for a rookie, they'll be glad if they can finish.

BAR: They did well in Austria with Jenson Button. They seem to have a reasonable chassis and Honda is starting to deliver on power. They could do well in Monaco but their drivers could be the weak point.
Reliability 7.0/10 - Speed 8.0/10

Drivers: Jenson Button managed to stay out of trouble and finish 4th in Austria as a number of top team drivers struggled. Last year he crashed out in Monaco while trying an overtaking move on Panis so perhaps he has learned from that. A top 8 is possible provided he stays on the track.

Jacques Villeneuve appears to be getting all the technical problems on his car. That won't help his motivation. He hasn't done well in the past in Monaco although he managed 4th in the BAR in '01. Like Button he could finish in the points as long as his car lasts. 

Sauber: They've dropped to 7th in the Constructors' Championship. Their chassis isn't too good and the Ferrari power won't help them here. A double DNF in Austria is not a good sign for the ultra-reliable Sauber team. Points will be hard!. Reliability 7.0/10 - Speed 8.0/10

Drivers: Heinz Harald Frentzen could do well here but the car won't help. Very high attrition rate at the front will be the only way to score points..

Nick Heidfeld in the same boat as Frentzen. He needs a good car.

Jaguar: Another improvement from the team in Austria. They are clearly improving their reliability. They could be a surprise here in Monaco particularly with Mark Webber.
Reliability 7.0/10 - Speed 8.0/10

Drivers: Mark Webber has scored 4 points so far this season and could score even more in Monaco. Expect a strong race from him with a podium finish a possibility.

Antonio Pizzonia preformed better than 'usual' in Austria although he was still out-classed by his team-mate. Still he should get a confidence boost by finishing 9th. Monaco won't be new to him so he should be close to Webber. That is if he is good as those who know him tell us!

Toyota: After a good race in Spain they went backwards in Austria. They could do well here with Panis provided his luck turns! 
Reliability 7.0/10 - Speed 7.5/10

Drivers: Cristiano da Matta finished in 10th in Austria but wasn't competitive. He'll struggle on this track and will be happy to finish.

Olivier Panis needs some good luck. If he gets that then he might have a chance of scoring a point.

Minardi: This is one of the few tracks were Minardi has a chance at mixing it with a few teams and they could just manage to finish a car in the top 8.  
Reliability 6.5/10 - Speed 6.5/10

Drivers: Jos Verstappen will be hoping to show his skill on this track. Rain will help him tremendously.

Justin Wilson as a rookie, he'll be happy to finish. 

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