Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix

Monte Carlo
Circuit length
3.337 km
rounds count
fastest lap

Monaco Grand Prix

The guardrail of many circuits are away from the track itself, but there are circuits where the walls are not forgiving. That is the case in Monaco, as any small steering error will have dramatic consequences for a qualifying lap or during the race itself. The eighth race on the Formula 1 calendar of 2023 takes us to the streets of Monte Carlo, home of Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris and many other drivers.

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The Monaco Grand Prix 2023

Straights like the start/finish in Baku should not be expected in Monte Carlo. Even the straight on which the start/finish is located has a curvature. Then drivers have to fully brake to make the first right-angled bend because otherwise, you will park the car hard in the wall.

Every year a pivotal crash happens in Monaco. Either during qualifying (or in the case of Max Verstappen in 2018, the third free practice) or during the race. The narrow streets of Monte Carlo present challenges not only on the opening lap (mainly turn one), but also during qualifying and the rest of the race. Letting someone pass by while doing a fast lap is not an option. Just like overtaking someone who is driving in front of you.

Daniel Ricciardo is proof of this, who managed to keep Sebastian Vettel behind for almost the entire race in 2018 with a faulty MGU-K. Defensive work comparable to Ayrton Senna's 1992 win. Unless a team completely messes up the pit stop, the order usually doesn't change much.

What does the Monaco Grand Prix race weekend look like?

In contrast to previous years, the first and second free practice sessions will no longer be held on Thursday in the home country of Charles Leclerc, but 'just' on Friday. This was the case in 2022, and will be the case in 2023 again. The first two practice sessions are already scheduled for Friday 26 May, with the first free practice starting at 12:30 UK time.

On Saturday, the F1 drivers will be on the track again. Qualifying is at 3:00 PM on May 27. The race during the Monaco Grand Prix will then take place on Sunday, May 28.

What time does the Monaco Grand Prix start?

As in previous years, the Monaco GP can be followed live in the GPblog live blog from half an hour before the start of the race. The start time of the Monaco Grand Prix is ​​2:00 PM UK time and the race can also be followed live on your chosen TV option.