Monaco Grand Prix

Circuit de Monaco

First grand prix 1929

Number of laps 78

Race distance 260.286KM

Circuit length 3.337KM

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 fifth 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 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 10:30 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 14:00.

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 14:00 UK time. The first two free practice sessions can also be followed on our liveblog.

Session Date Time
Practice 1 20 May 2021 05:30 - 06:30
Practice 2 20 May 2021 09:00 - 10:00
Practice 3 22 May 2021 06:00 - 07:00
Qualifying 22 May 2021 09:00 - 10:00
Race 23 May 2021 09:00 - 11:00
Times are in America/New_York Timezone
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