SPORT Everything you need to know about Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix

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Our comprehensive guide gets you up to speed, from the history of the iconic Circuit de Monaco to the top drivers and teams to watch.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 29: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 29, 2022 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious and glamorous races on the Formula 1 calendar, held annually since 1929. The excitement and thrill of the race, combined with the unique location and luxurious atmosphere, make it an event like no other. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about this iconic race.

A brief history of the Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix has a rich history that spans almost 100 years. The race was first introduced in 1929, and since then has become a staple of the Formula 1 calendar. Over the years, the race has provided countless memorable moments and milestones, and has featured some of the sport’s legendary drivers and teams.

The origins of the race

The Monaco Grand Prix was the brainchild of Antony Noghès, a wealthy Monegasque who was eager to promote motorsport in the region. Noghès was inspired by the success of the Monte Carlo Rally, which had been held in Monaco since 1911, and believed that a Grand Prix would be the perfect way to showcase the country’s glamor and prestige.

The first race, held in 1929, was won by William Grover-Williams, driving for the Bugatti team. The race was a success, attracting a crowd of over 10,000 spectators, and it quickly became clear that the Monaco Grand Prix had the potential to become one of the most prestigious events in motorsport.

Memorable moments and milestones

The Monaco Grand Prix has produced plenty of memorable moments and milestones over the years. One of the most iconic moments in the race’s history came in 1992, when Ayrton Senna produced one of the greatest qualifying laps of all time to take pole position by over a second. Senna went on to win the race, cementing his status as one of the greatest drivers in Formula 1 history.

Many other legendary drivers and teams have left their mark on the Monaco Grand Prix. Juan Manuel Fangio, one of the greatest drivers of all time, won the race twice in the 1950s, while Graham Hill, known as the “King of Monaco”, won the race five times between 1963 and 1969.

Our friends at Oracle Red Bull Racing have also excelled at the Monaco Grand Prix several times with drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Pérez, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. And we’re rooting for Max and Checo to seize the podium at the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix. A team’s success in Monaco is often down to the skills of their drivers, who have to push themselves to the limit on the tight and twisty circuit.

Overall, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most iconic events in motorsport, and its rich history and heritage continue to attract fans and drivers from all over the world. Whether you’re a fan of the sport or simply appreciate the glamor and prestige of Monaco, the Grand Prix is an event that should not be missed.

  • Jean Campiche timekeeping at Monaco race in 1979.

Circuit de Monaco: a unique racing experience

The Circuit de Monaco is one of the most iconic and challenging tracks in the world of motorsport. The winding streets and tight corners of Monte Carlo provide a unique racing experience, unlike anything else on the F1 calendar. The circuit has been a part of the Formula 1 World Championship since 1950 and has played host to some of the most memorable moments in the sport’s history.

The Monaco Grand Prix is held annually on the last weekend in May and is considered one of the most prestigious races in the world. It is the only race on the F1 calendar that does not adhere to the FIA’s minimum track width regulations, making it a true test of skill and precision for the drivers.

Challenges and strategies for drivers

The Monaco Grand Prix presents a number of challenges for drivers to overcome. These include the tight, narrow corners which require precise and accurate driving, as well as the lack of grip on the track surface. Due to the low speeds and tight corners, tire wear is minimal, which means that drivers can push their tires to the limit without fear of degradation.

Strategies such as pit stops, tire changes, and fuel management are also crucial to success in Monaco. Due to the lack of overtaking opportunities, qualifying is more important here than at any other race. Drivers who qualify well have a much greater chance of finishing on the podium.

Spectator experience and viewing points

For spectators, the Monaco Grand Prix provides a unique and unforgettable experience. The glamor and luxury of the event can be seen throughout the streets of Monte Carlo, with celebrities and high-profile guests in attendance. The atmosphere is electric, with the sound of the engines reverberating off the buildings.

The viewing points around the circuit are some of the best in the world, allowing fans to get up close and personal with the action. From the Casino Square to the famous hairpin turn, there are plenty of great spots to take in the race. The grandstands are packed with fans, all hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite driver as they speed past.

In addition to the on-track action, there are also a number of off-track events and parties that take place throughout the weekend. From exclusive yacht parties to VIP events at the Monte Carlo Casino, there is no shortage of entertainment for those lucky enough to attend the Monaco Grand Prix.

The importance of qualifying in Monaco

Qualifying is particularly important at the Monaco Grand Prix, given the lack of overtaking opportunities on the track. Securing pole position can be crucial to a driver’s chances of victory, making the qualifying session a tense and exciting affair.

The role of pole position

Pole position, or the top spot on the grid, is highly coveted in Monaco. Given the difficulties of overtaking on the track, starting from pole can give a driver a significant advantage. Not only do they have a clear track ahead of them, but they can also control the pace of the race.

  • TAG Heuer Drone Show, Monaco GP 2022

The glamor and prestige of the Monaco Grand Prix

Perhaps more than any other race on the F1 calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix is a symbol of glamor and prestige. From celebrity attendees to luxury yachts, the event is a showcase of wealth and extravagance. The Monaco Grand Prix attracts a wide array of celebrities and VIPs, who flock to Monte Carlo to enjoy the event. From Hollywood stars to European royalty, the race is a hotspot for those looking to see and be seen.

The harbor in Monaco is famous for its stunning yachts, many of which are owned by the rich and famous who come to enjoy the race. The yachts provide a unique vantage point from which to watch the action, and are a key part of the glamor and extravagance of the event.

The Monaco Grand Prix is also famous for its exclusive parties and events, which take place throughout the weekend. From cocktail parties to charity galas, there are plenty of opportunities for those attending the race to enjoy the luxurious and glamorous side of Monaco.

The razzle-dazzle of motorsport

The Monaco Grand Prix is a truly unique event in the world of motorsport, combining the thrill of F1 racing with the glamor and luxury of Monte Carlo. From the history of the race to the challenges facing drivers, and the prestige and extravagance of the event, there is plenty here to capture the imagination of any F1 fan. We’re looking forward to all of it, and we wish the team at Oracle Red Bull Racing the very best of luck for the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix on 28 May.