Monaco Grand Prix latest odds, news and free bets

Mark Webber has failed to feature on the podium in any of the opening five Grand Prix of the 2012 season, although the Australian has strong claims of claiming 25 points on Sunday after recording his first pole position of the campaign

Webber was not the fastest at the Monte Carlo track although Michael Schumacher’s subsequent relegation to sixth place on the grid means that Webber has a very real chance of tasting victory in Monaco and he’s a best price 7/4 (Ladbrokes free bets) to claim the chequered flag.

Certainly pole position is a bigger advantage at this circuit than any other on the Formula 1 calendar, with overtaking nigh on impossible thanks to the tight bends and low speeds which the cars have to contend with.

Even so, those backing Webber will have to hope that the Red Bull team are able to complete tyre changes without any glitches which could allow another driver to take full advantage.

Webber said: “It is Michael’s day. A good lap from him. It was an amazing session, wasn’t it?

“Q3 was tight between the first few rows, there were some different tyre strategies going on, it was a good little battle.

“It was a good lap and it’s nice to start up the front.”

Nico Rosberg joins Webber on the front row and it’s a clear indication that the Mercedes cars are now capable of competing with the other top constructors, with the German having previously won in China before recording 5th in Bahrain and 7th in Spain. He looks a great each-way bet at 4/1 (BetVictor).

Lewis Hamilton will be hoping for a quick getaway on the grid after recording the 4th fastest time on Saturday and the Brit knows that Webber isn’t a notoriously quick starter, with the McLaren driver also looking worth an each-way dabble at 9/2 (Paddy Power bookmaker) providing that he doesn’t do anything foolish.

The Monaco Grand Prix winner odds simply reflects the positions on the grid in most cases, with Romain Grosjean the other driver on the second row and the Lotus driver is on offer at 14/1 (Betfred), with the Frenchman having recovered from two early retirements to register a 6th, 3rd and 4th place.

The other drivers outside the front two rows will need things to go wrong for the drivers ahead of them on the grid, although the fact that Michael Schumacher drove the quickest lap on Saturday will be encouraging to this legend of Formula 1, with odds of 16/1 available that the Mercedes driver turns back the years with a fine winning performance.

Schumacher said: “I’m grateful for all the trust Mercedes had in me.

“I saw my time on the dashboard but as I was one of the first out on the track you don’t know what is going to come behind. Then I saw P1 on the dashboard. It’s just beautiful.”

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