This year's Monaco Grand Prix will take place from May 20-23. In anticipation of the race, the first works on the...
Monaco Grand Prix
Circuit de Monaco
Monaco Grand Prix
There are circuits where the walls are not forgiving, but the Monaco Grand Prix is especially tough with the walls being so close to the track. Every small steering error will have dramatic consequences for a qualifying lap or during the race itself. The sixth race on the 2021 Formula 1 calendar takes us to the streets of Monte Carlo where many current and former Formula 1 drivers live.
Monte Carlo Track guide
The track is famous for its 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 important as it is very hard to overtake on the narrow street circuit. Due to the technical elements, mistakes are common and it is not unusual to see a safety car. Pit stops and strategy choice is vitally important. Due to the hard cornering softer tyre compounds are used to ensure a top time in qualifying. Monaco has held a World Championship race 66 times and has cemented itself as a vital part of the Formula 1 season. The 2020 version of the Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was the first time the event didn't take place since 1954.
History of the Monaco GP
The Monaco Grand Prix was first held in 1929. With the Indy 500 and Le Mans, it 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.
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 1960s and the Brit won the race five times which led to him being called the “King of Monaco.”
In 2018 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.
McLaren have 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 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 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.
What does the race weekend of the Monaco Grand Prix look like?
A different weekend in Monaco, as usual for the Grand Prix in the hometown of Charles Leclerc. The press conferences and first two practice sessions are scheduled on Thursday 20th, with the start of the first free practice session at 10:00 UK time.
On Friday there will be no Formula 1 action and only on Saturday, the drivers will come into the picture again. Qualifying at 14:00 on May 22nd, FP3 a few hours earlier from 11:00 to 12:00. The Monaco Grand Prix starts Sunday, May 23rd at 14:10.
What time does the Monaco Grand Prix start?
As in previous years, the Monaco GP can be followed live in GPblog's live blog from half an hour before the start of the race. The start time of the Monaco Grand Prix is 14:10 UK time. The first two free practice sessions can also be followed on our liveblog.
|Race||23 May 2021||09:10 - 11:10|
|Times are in America/New_York Timezone|
Latest Monaco Grand Prix news
Formula 1 2021: This is the new calendar for 2021
After a 2020 calendar completely rocked by the coronavirus, we were actually hoping to get back to a 'normal' Formula...
Monaco denies rumours: Grand Prix to continue in 2021
Last week several reports surfaced that the Monaco Grand Prix this year would be cancelled, just like in 2020....
Update: 2020 Monaco Grand Prix CANCELLED, not postponed!
The Monaco Grand Prix has confirmed to have been cancelled rather than postponed, as was earlier reported, with...
BREAKING: Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix ALL to be postponed!
The Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix have all been postponed due to the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus....
Monaco organisers determined the race will run!
The organisers of the Monaco Grand Prix say they expect the F1 race in the principality to go ahead despite the...
Will the Monaco Grand Prix be cancelled?
With the cancellation or postponement of several Grand Prix, Monaco seemed likely to become the season opener for...
Verstappen identifies Monaco 2018 as his worst day in F1
Max Verstappen has had plenty of highs during his Formula 1 career so far and he's sure to have plenty more in...
Leclerc to have grand stand at French Grand Prix as well as Monaco Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc will have a grandstand at the 2020 French Grand Prix, he has announced, as well as at his home...
WATCH: Hamilton has similar block to Vettel's in 2016 but WITHOUT penalty!
Have a look at this! Back in 2016, Lewis Hamilton had a very similar incident to Sebastian Vettel today in Canada:...
Sainz calls for McLaren focus ahead of Canada
Carlos Sainz has warned against his McLaren team getting complacent as the constructors aim to strengthen their...
PODCAST: The Undercut #5 - Is Lewis Hamilton the GOAT?
The GPBlog boys are back for the fifth episode of the Undercut, the GPBlog Podcast. The trio will be looking back...
Wolff wants Mercedes to learn from Monaco victory
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes his team were "lucky" to win at the Monaco Grand Prix, and wants the Silver Arrows...
McLaren deserved Monaco result - Seidl
It was a successful weekend for McLaren at the Monaco GP and Andreas Seidl believes their performances were rewarded,...
Hamilton - Mercedes wouldn't make Leclerc Monaco Q1 mistake
Lewis Hamilton believes that his Mercedes team would not have made the same mistake Ferrari made in Monaco, when...
Watch: Jolyon Palmer Analyses the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix
Former Renault Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer breaks down the Monaco Grand Prix and takes a look at the battle...
Charles Leclerc opens up on "disappointing" home Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc is yet to finish a Formula 1 race at his home Grand Prix of Monaco and he has not had much success...
"Renault going in the right direction” - Ricciardo
It has been a mixed season so far for Daniel Ricciardo and Renault, but the Australian is finally confident the...
Hamilton's pit stop to blame for Bottas' pit lane incident
Valtteri Bottas may have been able to salvage third place after pitting an extra time at the Monaco Grand Prix,...
- Load more articles