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Summary

  1. First practice at 10:00 BST, second practice at 14:00 BST
  2. Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
  3. Lewis Hamilton is seven points ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the title race
  4. Mercedes have finished one-two at all five races this season
  5. Get involved: Your tributes and memories of Niki Lauda #bbcf1

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By Michael Emons

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  1. Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Monaco

    On track, this promises to be one of the most fascinating – and telling
    – weekends of the season. Mercedes have dominated this year so far, taking five
    one-twos in the first five races. But in the past few years Monaco – and tracks
    like it – have been something of a bête noire for their car, and they have been
    outpaced by Red Bull and Ferrari in the past two years.

    However, Mercedes’
    biggest advantage at the Spanish Grand Prix was in the slow corners at the end
    of the lap – often seen as a good form guide for Monaco. That suggests they
    should be quick this weekend. Which would be bad news for anyone hoping they’ll
    face any kind of challenge this season.

  2. Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Monaco

    One subject has dominated the Monaco weekend so far – the loss of Niki
    Lauda on Monday. The Austrian three-time world champion was held in universally
    high regard, for his achievements, his bravery, and his unique, straight-spoken
    character. Lewis Hamilton, who had been close to Lauda ever since he was
    instrumental in Hamilton’s move to Mercedes for 2013, felt he could not face
    his media commitments on Wednesday, and his team asked for him to be excused. Valtteri Bottas took his place.

    Mercedes will run their cars in Thursday
    practice with the words “Danke Niki” on the nose of the car, accompanied by his
    signature, and one of the stars on the engine cover painted red as a symbol.
    They plan other tributes through the weekend, as do Formula 1 and the FIA,
    although none of these are public yet. Lauda won in Monaco twice, in 1975 and
    ’76. He won’t be far from many people’s thoughts as the longest weekend of the
    season progresses.

  3. Niki Lauda died at the age of 70.

    Lauda, who underwent a lung transplant in August, “passed away peacefully” on Monday, his family said.

    The legendary Austrian, one of the best-known figures in motor racing, took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984.

    For many, he will be remembered for his remarkable recovery and return to racing after being badly burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix.

    A new generation of fans was introduced to Lauda in the acclaimed 2013 film Rush, which detailed his rivalry with British driver James Hunt, the 1976 world champion.

    Niki Lauda

    Copyright: BBC Sport

  • Welcome along

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Sport’s live text commentary of the opening two practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix.

    We will have live radio commentary as well on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 09:55 BST.

  • Post update

    It has been a terribly sad week for Formula 1 with the death of one of the sport’s legends.

    Three-time world champion Niki Lauda died aged 70 on Monday.

    Let’s hope this weekend’s race in Monaco is an excellent one and a fitting tribute to one of F1’s great characters.

    Niki Lauda

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