SPORT Everything you need to know about the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2022

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A guide to the most nostalgic weekend on the racing calendar.

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8 different eras of motorsport. 3 glorious days of racing. 1 iconic track. This is the 13th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. And as its official sponsor and timekeeper, we’re going to bring you all the action from qualifying and race day. It’s going to be a blistering ride, and a very nostalgic weekend of racing.

Follow our live updates, interviews and reactions from qualifying and race day. But before that, here’s a preview of the grand prix, so you know what to expect this weekend.

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A brief history

The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is a symbol of the city-state’s love for motorsport. In fact, the first Grand Prix in 1997 was part of the celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of the Grimaldi presidency in Monaco. The one-off race was such a big success, it continued as a biennial event from 2000 onwards. It started out with 30-odd racing cars. Today, more than 200 cars speed through the iconic streets of Monaco. It’s a must-watch event on the racing calendar. Especially amongst motorsport enthusiasts and nostalgia seekers.

The Schedule

Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is held over 3 days.

Friday 13th May – Practice

Saturday 14th May – Qualifying

Sunday 15th May – Race day (the first race starts at 9:00am)

The cars and the races

You’ll find cars from the pre-war era all the way up to the 1980s. The biggest names in motorsport are all present on the starting grid. Every car is there to compete in a particular category. Pre-war cars, front and rear-engined Grand Prix cars, sports cars, F1 and F2 models and more. They’re divided into 8 series. These are further subdivided into classes, according to construction years and technical characteristics. Here’s a full rundown of the races.

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Race A1 – Pre-war Grand Prix cars

Race A2 – Front-engine Grand Prix cars built before 1961

Race B – Rear-engine, 1500, F1 Grand Prix cars (1961-1965) and F2 (1956-1960)

Race C Sport Racing cars – front engine (1952 – 1957)

Race D – F1 Grand Prix cars 3L (1966 – 1972)

Race E – F1 Grand Prix cars 3L (1973 – 1976)

Race F – F1 Grand Prix cars 3L (1977 – 1980)

Race G – F1 Grand Prix cars 3L (1981 – 1985)

The races aren’t always sequential. So Race B might start ahead of Race A1, or Race C might go after Race E, and so forth.

Witness the evolution of motorsport

During these 3 glorious days, the Monaco circuit turns into a sort of time machine, transporting spectators to eras gone by. This is what makes Grand Prix de Monaco Historique so unique and so different from the regular Monaco Grand Prix. At every turn, you’ll be able to observe the evolution of the race car. As each vintage speedster flashes by, from the pre-war era to the 1980s, you’ll see how engine positions changed, how gearboxes evolved, how steering wheels became more complex, how the chassis got leaner, how technology supercharged the sport.

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The races within the race

As we mentioned, the Grand Prix has several races within it. On the first day, Friday, the cars go out for training laps. Each series gets 30 minutes to get a feel of the track and make any adjustments to the cars. On Saturday, each series goes through qualifying sessions to see who can seize pole position for the race on Sunday. And finally, race day begins at 9am. The cars compete for a maximum of 45 minutes in each series.

All set to go back in time?

Don’t forget to follow our live updates from qualifying and race day.