Lewis Hamilton starts the race on pole after a flying qualification, but he is keen to avoid any slip ups and continue Mercedes’ perfect start to the season.
Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas start and one and two and will be hoping it finishes that way again.
“You know, this race – as you’ve seen in the previous years – lots of things get thrown at you so we’ve just got to stay on our toes,” Hamilton said.
“But I honestly feel that were the best prepared, we’ve had a really solid weekend of preparation. We’ve had good years of experience too but that doesn’t mean that there are unknowns ahead but we’ll face it together.”
Hamilton leads the Drivers’ championship with 112 points and three wins from five race, seven points clear of Bottas.
Max Verstappen is way back in third with just 66 points and Sebastian Vettel fourth with 64.
There is some rain forecast for Monaco today, which could add to the excitement of the racing, but Hamilton believes he can adapt to the situation.
“I heard that there’s a potential chance of rain but it will be the same for all of us and if anything that makes it more exciting at this track,” Hamilton added.
“But I guess ultimately, when you’re on pole, you hope it will be just smooth sailing, a dry, safety car kind of day but yeah, the tyres that we have, it’s a one-stop race generally, it has been for a long time here, so it’s really just about keeping calm, cool and collected and just delivering on what we’ve practised throughout the weekend.”
Bottas though has sent Hamilton a warning and insists he won’t be sitting back and allowing him to run away with it.
“It’s a long race ahead, anything can happen,” Bottas said.
“The start here is more difficult to make a difference, it’s so short to the first corner, but it is a long race ahead.
“I’m not going to give up and I’m going to find any opportunities there are going to be.”