Monaco Grand Prix preview: Hamilton targets fifth win in a row


F1 Grand Prix of Monaco - Practice

The Monaco Grand Prix is a clear highlight on the Formula 1 calendar - its heady mix of glamour, beautiful scenery and wheel-to-wheel road racing ensure hordes of adoring fans make the annual pilgrimage to the sovereign city state on the French Riviera.

But one nation stands head and shoulders above the rest at the world famous circuit and that's us Brits – notching up 15 triumphs in the event's 60-year history.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is chasing his fifth consecutive win this weekend and if he's successful, he'll join Graham Hill on the leader board of most wins by a Brit at Monaco.

"Monaco is just incredible to drive and any driver will tell you that's the race they want to win," Hamilton told the BBC.

"So many great names become legends around this circuit. It's an honour to fight for your place amongst them and a real test of your skills behind the wheel."

France is the only other nationality to come close around the circuit, which includes such iconic landmarks as Casino Square and the nail-biting tunnel, with five separate drivers notching up a total of nine wins in the circuit's 60-year history.

Sir Jackie Stewart and Sir Stirling Moss have won three apiece for Britain, David Coulthard can boast two victories and Jenson Button one.

AOL Cars will be on the ground at the millionaire's playground; covering the race that sees Pirelli's P Zero Red supersoft tyres make their debut. Important, considering Monaco has the lowest average lap speed of the year so cars rely almost entirely on tyre grip rather than aerodynamic downforce.

It's sure to be an exciting race so don't forget to check back for exclusive stories from the scene.