Lewis Hamilton might be starting to feel as though the Monaco Grand Prix has something against him. Arguably the most able Formula 1 driver of his generation has competed in nine F1 events around the streets of the Principality, but has only one win (in 2008) to his name.
By rights that statistic should have changed in Monte Carlo this year, but Hamilton was left to rue yet another missed Monaco opportunity, thanks to a strategic blunder by his Mercedes team that handed a third consecutive triumph in this race to his team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton has a disappointing record here for a driver of his obvious ability. And no matter what he does he cannot seem to shake the habit. In fact, the only time he's really managed to catch a 'lucky' break around this circuit was in 2008, when he claimed his only Monaco win for McLaren despite hitting the barriers at Tabac early in the race and puncturing his right-rear tyre.