Monte Carlo

 
The Lowes hairpin at 50kph in Monaco is the slowest corner in F1 to date. |  Ayrton Senna has six wins at this track while Michael Schumacher and Graham Hill have five each. |  Before the Grand Prix weekend, manhole covers are welded down. That’s because the downforce created by an F1 car has enough suction to rip them off!

FACTFILE

Name :Monte Carlo
Country :Monaco
No. of Races :64
First Race :May 21, 1950
Last Race :May 28, 2017
Defending Champion:S.Vettel
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The jewel in Formula One's crown. The dash through the Principality's tortuous streets is the most prestigious on the calendar; it stands on a pedestal, almost distinct from the sport from which it was born.

It's the social event of the season, but Monte Carlo is also one of the most challenging destinations on the calendar. The lap may be the shortest seen all year, but still places extreme demands on the car and requires a unique set-up. First and foremost, Monaco is a street circuit with the lap dominated by slow speed corners and undulations playing havoc. Evocative corners, such as Lowes, Chicane and Rascasse are all taken in either first or second gear, so not only are the brakes worked considerably harder in Monaco than anywhere else, but the number of gear shifts made reaches over 4,000, some 500 more than at any other track.

With speeds dipping to as low as 50kph on the entry to corners such as the Lowes hairpin, good traction to power the car out of the exit is crucial to set a competitive lap time. With less than half of the circuit driven at full throttle, the longest period lasting about eight seconds through the tunnel, drivers record the lowest average lap speed of all races, so engines are given a relatively easy ride over the weekend.

The proximity of the barriers leaves no room for error and there are no straights along which they can relax. Overtaking is virtually impossible, which places extra importance on the qualifying session. Grid position is crucial.

Add the glamour of the Monaco harbour and a handful of A-list celebrities into the mix and you have one of the biggest sporting events in the world. In summary, the playground of the rich and famous transforms itself into one of the season's greatest challenges.

TOP PERFORMERS AT MONTE CARLO

According to stats...

  • The Lowes hairpin at 50kph in Monaco is the slowest corner in F1 to date.
  • Ayrton Senna has six wins at this track while Michael Schumacher and Graham Hill have five each.
  • Before the Grand Prix weekend, manhole covers are welded down. That’s because the downforce created by an F1 car has enough suction to rip them off!

List of Grands Prix Held

No Date/Year Grand Prix Winner Team  
1 May 21, 1950 Monaco
J.M.Fangio
Alfa Romeo
2 May 22, 1955 Monaco
M.Trintignant
Ferrari
3 May 13, 1956 Monaco
S.Moss
Maserati
4 May 19, 1957 Monaco
J.M.Fangio
Maserati
5 May 18, 1958 Monaco
M.Trintignant
Cooper
6 May 10, 1959 Monaco
J.Brabham
Cooper
7 May 29, 1960 Monaco
S.Moss
Lotus
8 May 14, 1961 Monaco
S.Moss
Lotus
9 Jun 03, 1962 Monaco
B.McLaren
Cooper
10 May 26, 1963 Monaco
G.Hill
BRM
11 May 10, 1964 Monaco
G.Hill
BRM
12 May 30, 1965 Monaco
G.Hill
BRM
13 May 22, 1966 Monaco
J.Stewart
BRM
14 May 07, 1967 Monaco
D.Hulme
Brabham
15 May 26, 1968 Monaco
G.Hill
Lotus
16 May 18, 1969 Monaco
G.Hill
Lotus
17 May 10, 1970 Monaco
J.Rindt
Lotus
18 May 23, 1971 Monaco
J.Stewart
Tyrrell
19 May 14, 1972 Monaco
J.P.Beltoise
BRM
20 Jun 03, 1973 Monaco
J.Stewart
Tyrrell
21 May 26, 1974 Monaco
R.Peterson
Lotus
22 May 11, 1975 Monaco
N.Lauda
Ferrari
23 May 30, 1976 Monaco
N.Lauda
Ferrari
24 May 22, 1977 Monaco
J.Scheckter
Wolf
25 May 07, 1978 Monaco
P.Depailler
Tyrrell
26 May 27, 1979 Monaco
J.Scheckter
Ferrari
27 May 18, 1980 Monaco
C.Reutemann
Williams
28 May 31, 1981 Monaco
G.Villeneuve
Ferrari
29 May 23, 1982 Monaco
R.Patrese
Brabham
30 May 15, 1983 Monaco
K.Rosberg
Williams
31 Jun 03, 1984 Monaco
A.Prost
McLaren
32 May 19, 1985 Monaco
A.Prost
McLaren
33 May 11, 1986 Monaco
A.Prost
McLaren
34 May 31, 1987 Monaco
A.Senna
Lotus
35 May 15, 1988 Monaco
A.Prost
McLaren
36 May 07, 1989 Monaco
A.Senna
McLaren
37 May 27, 1990 Monaco
A.Senna
McLaren
38 May 12, 1991 Monaco
A.Senna
McLaren
39 May 31, 1992 Monaco
A.Senna
McLaren
40 May 23, 1993 Monaco
A.Senna
McLaren
41 May 15, 1994 Monaco
M.Schumacher
Benetton
42 May 28, 1995 Monaco
M.Schumacher
Benetton
43 May 19, 1996 Monaco
O.Panis
Ligier
44 May 11, 1997 Monaco
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
45 May 24, 1998 Monaco
M.Hakkinen
McLaren
46 May 16, 1999 Monaco
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
47 Jun 04, 2000 Monaco
D.Coulthard
McLaren
48 May 27, 2001 Monaco
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
49 May 26, 2002 Monaco
D.Coulthard
McLaren
50 Jun 01, 2003 Monaco
J.P.Montoya
Williams
51 May 23, 2004 Monaco
J.Trulli
Renault
52 May 22, 2005 Monaco
K.Raikkonen
McLaren
53 May 28, 2006 Monaco
F.Alonso
Renault
54 May 27, 2007 Monaco
F.Alonso
McLaren
55 May 25, 2008 Monaco
L.Hamilton
McLaren
56 May 24, 2009 Monaco
J.Button
Brawn
57 May 16, 2010 Monaco
M.Webber
Red Bull
58 May 29, 2011 Monaco
S.Vettel
Red Bull
59 May 27, 2012 Monaco
M.Webber
Red Bull
60 May 26, 2013 Monaco
N.Rosberg
Mercedes
61 May 25, 2014 Monaco
N.Rosberg
Mercedes
62 May 24, 2015 Monaco
N.Rosberg
Mercedes
63 May 29, 2016 Monaco
L.Hamilton
Mercedes
64 May 28, 2017 Monaco
S.Vettel
Ferrari

QUOTES ON MONTE CARLO

Driving in Monaco is like driving a bicycle in your living room… But a win here is worth two anywhere else!
- Damon Hill
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