Circuit de Monaco (The Ultimate guide)

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The Circuit de Monaco is a street circuit in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It is the most famous and prestigious race in the Formula One World Championship, and has been a fixture on the calendar since the inaugural Formula One World Championship in 1950. 

The circuit is known for its tight and twisty layout, as well as its challenging elevation changes and tight corners. The circuit is also home to the famous Monaco Grand Prix, which is held annually in May. 

In our opinion, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the best races to visit as a fan.

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History and Construction of the Circuit

The history of motorsports in Monaco dates back to the early 20th century, with the first races being held on public roads in 1929. The first Monaco Grand Prix was held in 1929, and the race quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious in the world. 

The circuit was designed by Antony Noghès, the founder of the Automobile Club de Monaco, and was constructed in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The circuit was built on public roads, and has undergone several changes over the years to improve safety and increase the challenge for drivers.

Circuit Guide

First Grand Prix

1950

Number of Laps

78

Circuit Length

3.337km

Race Distance

260.286km

Lap Record

1:12.909 Lewis Hamilton (2021)

Famous features of the Circuit de Monaco

  • The circuit is known for its tight and twisty layout, which features tight corners, elevation changes, and narrow straights.
  • The circuit also features the famous Monaco Harbor, which is a tight, twisty section of the circuit that runs along the harbor.
  • The circuit is also home to the famous Tunnel section, which is a long straight section of the circuit that runs through a tunnel.
  • The circuit also features the famous Casino Square, which is a tight, twisty section of the circuit that runs through the heart of Monte Carlo.
  • The circuit is also home to the famous Fairmont Hairpin, which is a tight corner that is considered to be one of the most challenging on the circuit.
Monaco Grand Prix-Circuit map

Racing at the Circuit de Monaco

The Circuit de Monaco is home to a number of motorsports events throughout the year, including the famous Monaco Grand Prix. The Monaco Grand Prix is a Formula One World Championship event, and is held annually in May. The circuit’s layout and design make it one of the most challenging tracks on the calendar, with tight corners, elevation changes, and narrow straits. 

Some of the most notable moments in the circuit’s history include Ayrton Senna’s dominant performances in the 1980s and 1990s, and Lewis Hamilton’s record-breaking pole position in 2016.

Compared to others Formula 1 circuits

RaceCircuitCircuit lengthRace distanceLaps
Monaco Grand PrixCircuit de Monaco3.337km260.286km78
Dutch Grand PrixCircuit Zandvoort4.259km306.648km72
Austrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring4.318km306.452km71
Mexican Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos Rodrígues4.304km305.354km71
Brazilian Grand PrixAutodromo Jose Carlos Pace4.309km305.879km71
Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles-Villeneuve4.361km305.270km70
Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroring4.381km306.630km70
Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya4.655km307.104km66
Singapore Grand PrixMarina Bay Street Circuit5.063km308.706km61
Australian Grand PrixMelbourne Grand Prix Circuit – Albert Park5.303km307.574km58
Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain International Circuit5.412km308.238km57
Miami Grand PrixMiami International Autodrome5.410km308.37km57
Chinese Grand PrixShanghai International Circuit5.451km305.066km56
United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas5.513km308.405km56
Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYAS Marina Circuit5.554km305.355km55
French Grand PrixCircuit Paul Ricard5.842km309.690km53
Italian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale Monza5.793km306.720km53
Las Vegas Grand PrixLas Vegas Street Circuit6.120km305.880km50
Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka International Racing Course5.807km307.471km53
British Grand PrixSilverstone Circuit5.891km306.198km52
Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku City Circuit6.003km306.049km51
Saudi Arabia Grand PrixJeddah Corniche Circuit6.175km308.750km50
Belgian Grand PrixCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps7.004km308.052km44

Facilities and Amenities

The Circuit de Monaco offers a range of facilities and amenities for spectators, teams, and media. The circuit features grandstand seating, VIP hospitality, and a range of dining and entertainment options. The circuit also offers a range of hotels and transportation options nearby. 

Some of the most popular amenities include the circuit’s VIP hospitality, which offers access to exclusive areas of the circuit, and the circuit’s dining and entertainment options, which include a range of restaurants and bars.

Winners at Monaco Grand Prix

These are the drivers who won the Monaco Grand Prix in previous years (from 2010-2022):

  • 2010: Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing)
  • 2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)
  • 2012: Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing)
  • 2013: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  • 2014: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  • 2015: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  • 2016: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2017: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • 2018: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing)
  • 2019: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2020: Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2021: Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
  • 2022: Sergio Perez (Red Bull Racing)

How to buy tickets for the Monaco Grand Prix

To buy tickets for the Monaco Grand Prix, you can visit the official circuit website or an authorized ticketing agent. Ticket options include grandstand seating and hospitality packages. Prices and availability will vary depending on the ticket type and the timing of your purchase. 

It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance to ensure availability and take advantage of early bird discounts and promotions. Be sure to check the refund, exchange and cancellation policy for the tickets.

How to bet on the Monaco Grand Prix

Betting on the Monaco Grand Prix can be done through a variety of online sportsbooks or through authorized betting agents. Popular types of bets include race winner, pole position, and fastest lap. 

It is important to research the drivers, teams and track conditions before placing a bet

Frequently asked questions about Circuit de Monaco

What types of motorsports events are held at the Circuit de Monaco?

The Circuit de Monaco is primarily known for hosting the Formula One World Championship Monaco Grand Prix, but it also hosts other motorsports events such as the Monaco Historic Grand Prix and the Monaco Formula E Grand Prix.

What amenities and facilities are available at the Circuit de Monaco?

The circuit offers a range of facilities and amenities for spectators, teams, and media, including grandstand seating, VIP hospitality, and a range of dining and entertainment options. The circuit also offers a range of hotels and transportation options nearby.

Can I buy tickets to watch the Monaco Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco?

Yes, tickets for the Monaco Grand Prix can be purchased through the official circuit website or authorized ticketing agents.

Conclusion

The Circuit de Monaco is one of the most famous and prestigious race circuits in the world, and is known for its challenging layout and tight corners. The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most iconic and popular events in motorsports, and has been a fixture on the Formula One World Championship calendar since 1950. The circuit offers a range of facilities and amenities for spectators, teams, and media, and is a must-visit destination for motorsports fans. Despite the pandemic, the circuit and the government have announced a new development plan to enhance the circuit and make it more sustainable in the future.

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Lisette Holm
Lisette Holm
Lisette Holm is a Formula 1 expert who has not missed a single Grand Prix in the last 4 years. She is one of the founders and her job at Formulapedia.com is to educate others who are interested in F1 in order to raise their level of knowledge. Lisette cheers on Mercedes AMG-Petronas.

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