Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix


July 5, 2022

The Monaco Grand Prix is ​​one of the most famous Formula 1 races, the predecessor of which was first organized in 1929 by Anthony Noghès at the city circuit of Monaco, in Monte Carlo. The first Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix was already held in the first season of the series, in 1950. On the narrow urban circuit, the competitors can only reach an average speed of around 150 km/h, which is why Monaco is the slowest race in the sport. The length of the race is 78 laps, which is approximately 260.52 kilometers. The duration of a race in dry weather is at least 100 minutes, in rainy weather there is a high chance of the two-hour time limit coming into effect - as happened in 2008. The Monaco Grand Prix, together with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is often called the triple crown of motorsport. Until 2021, in contrast to the other Grand Prix, in Monaco, the first free practice sessions were held on Thursday, and Friday was a rest day. The fastest lap time so far belongs to Daniel Ricciardo, who ran 1:10.810 in 2018. In the mini-state, Ayrton Senna was able to win the most times (six times) and start from first place (five times). McLaren is the most successful of the teams, having won a total of fifteen times. The last time (in 2022) Mexican Sergio Pérez won in Monaco for Red Bull.


The Monaco Grand Prix differs from other races in many ways: The narrow track has no pitfalls, so it is one of the most dangerous tracks, but Monaco is not subject to the same strict safety regulations as other tracks. The race is considered to be the most prestigious of all, according to Niki Lauda, ​​the goal of every competitor is to win in Monaco, in addition to winning the world championship. Together with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it forms the triple crown of motorsport and is one of the most well-known races. In this regard, Graham Hill was the only one who could win all three races. Since the track is very short, the Monaco Grand Prix consists of the most laps (78, it used to be 100 laps). The first three placed competitors must park their car not at the parc fermé, but at the location of the prize-giving ceremony, at the front of the starting grid. In the mini-state, no podiums are built for competitions, the first three finishers stand on one step after the competitions (podiums have been built since 2016). The awards are presented by the current monarch of Monaco (so far Louis II, Rainier III and Albert II). Unlike the other grand prix, here the first test day is on Thursday instead of Friday, Friday is a holiday. Until the late 1990s, races started at 15:30 local time, an hour and a half later than other European races. In the past, the Monaco Grand Prix was held on Maundy Thursday. The starting blocks are the smallest on the narrow Monaco track, in 1975 only 18 cars could start the race, while in other races in the season 23-26 cars could participate. Monaco is one of the most frequently organized races, up to 2008 it was organized fifty-five times in Formula 1. This is where one of the biggest track advertising revenues from sponsors comes in. Nelson Piquet said: "Racing in Monaco is like flying a helicopter in your living room". A total of four drivers from Monaco have participated in Formula 1: Louis Chiron, André Testut, Olivier Beretta and Charles Leclerc, however, due to its favorable tax system, many Formula 1 drivers have chosen the mini-state as their home, including Ayrton Senna and Gilles Villeneuve .


The Beginnings (1929–1949)

Like the races of several European countries, the Monaco Grand Prix is ​​part of the current Formula 1 World Championship. The foundations of motor racing in the duchy were laid by the rich tobacco manufacturer Noghès family, who had good relations with the ruler