Monaco Grand Prix

Circuit de Monaco

First grand prix 1929

Number of laps 78

Race distance 260.286KM

Circuit length 3.337KM

About the Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most iconic races of the year. People who don’t follow Formula 1 will always tune in for the race as it represents Formula 1 perfectly. The glamour and show of the weekend attracts all of the local superstars and their wealth making the Grand Prix a true spectacle.

In 2018, it was redemption day for Daniel Ricciardo, who took a massive win in the Principality despite his Red Bull losing a lot of power halfway through the race.

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The track is famous for it’s tight corners and elevations as the cars race through the streets of the Mediterranean Principality. There is a tunnel which is a famous part of the circuit and creates a great camera shot for those watching at home. It is one of the most technical tracks of the year and a race win here cements you as a top driver of your generation.

At this Grand Prix qualifying is vitally important as it is very hard to overtake on the narrow street circuit. Due to the technical element of the race mistakes are common and it is not unusual to see a safety car, making pit stops and strategy choice vitally important. Due to the hard cornering softer tyre compounds are used to ensure a top time in qualifying.Monaco has held the race 76 times and has cemented itself as a vital part of the Formula 1 season.   

History of the Monaco GP

The Monaco Grand Prix was first held in 1929 and with the Indy 500 and Le Mans makes up the Triple Crown. Ayrton Senna has won the race more times than any other driver with six wins five of which were won consecutively from 1989-1993. The race has been a constant part of Formula 1 since 1955 and has always been an exciting part of the season each year.

Due to the nature of the circuit top speed is not important and this means that some surprising drivers can end up winning the race and that midfield teams can end up doing well.

Graham Hill had great success racing around the streets of Monaco in the 1960’s and the Brit won the race five times which led to him being called the “King of Monaco.”

Last year Daniel Ricciardo won the race despite having a major issue with his car which meant he had significantly less power than Sebastian Vettel who was closing him down. Due to the narrow track Vettel was unable to pass meaning that Ricciardo won the race for Red Bull.

In 2017 Sebastian Vettel won the race and it was in 2016 when Lewis Hamilton last won at this famous Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg won the race three times in a row from 2013-2015, two times more than his father, Keke Rosberg, who won the race in 1983 for Williams.

McLaren has been the most successful constructor having won the race 15 times. The circuit is made up of 19 corners which create the 3.337 km long track which is one one of the most watched Formula 1 races of the year.

The Monaco Grand Prix very much takes over the principality for the weekend and because of this things are slightly different to the normal race weekend. Practise sessions are run on the Thursday to allow the city to open it’s streets up for the Friday. It takes Six weeks for the circuit to be made and the disruption to local life is significant.  

Every driver wants to win the Monaco Grand Prix as a win here secures you as one of a few top drivers. Many of the drivers on the grid live in Monaco creating an extra incentive to want to perform well here. It looks set to continue to create history and is likely to remain on the calendar for as long as Formula 1 continues.

When is the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix?

The race weekend in Monaco kicks off Friday May 23rd, with Free Practice 1 starting at 11am local time (10am BST, 5am EST). FP2 starts that afternoon at 3pm (2pm BST, 9am EST). On Saturday, FP3 starts at 12pm local time (11am BST, 6am EST), and qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix takes place at 3pm on Saturday (2pm BST, 8am EST).

The Monaco Grand Prix will start at 3.10pm local time on Sunday May 26th (2.10pm BST, 9.10am EST).

Session Date Time
Practice 1 23 May 2019 05:00 - 06:30
Practice 2 23 May 2019 09:00 - 10:30
Practice 3 25 May 2019 06:00 - 07:00
Qualifying 25 May 2019 09:00 - 10:00
Race 26 May 2019 09:10 - 11:10
Times are in America/New_York Timezone
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