Monaco Grand Prix

2020 Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix, or the Grand Prix de Monaco in French, is a Formula One motor race held annually on the Circuit de Monaco on the last weekend of May. From the first run in 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world along with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. These three races form the Triple Crown of Motorsport. The circuit has been called ever since “an exceptional location of glamour and prestige”.

What is the Monaco Grand Prix?

The Monaco Grand Prix was part of the pre-Second World War European Championship and was included in the first World Championship of Drivers in 1950. It was designated the European Grand Prix two times, 1955 and 1963, when this title was an honorary designation given each year to one Grand Prix race in Europe. Graham Hill was known as “Mr. Monaco” due to his five Monaco wins in the 1960s. Brazil’s Ayrton Senna won the race more times than any other driver, with six victories, winning five races consecutively between 1989 and 1993.

When is the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix?

Unfortunately, the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis.

The race was slated to be held on the weekend of 21-24 May, however, for the first time since 1954 Formula 1 cars won’t be seen or heard thundering around the roads of the principality.

In a statement, the ACO said: “The current situation concerning the worldwide pandemic and its unknown path of evolution, the lack of understanding as to the impact on the FIA F1 World Championship 2020, the uncertainty with regards to the participation of the teams, the consequences with regards to the differing measures of confinement as taken by various governments worldwide, the multi-border restrictions for accessing the Principality of Monaco, the pressure on all implicated businesses, their dedicated staff who are unable to undertake the necessary installations, the availability of the indispensable workforce and volunteers (more than 1500) required for the success of the event means that the situation is no longer tenable.”

How do you get to the Monaco Grand Prix?

Luxury car rentals in Monaco provide professional chauffeurs dedicated to meeting your needs, offering utmost comfort and security for the duration of your stay. Experienced chauffeurs come with a wealth of local and cultural knowledge, adding a special touch to your Monaco Grand Prix visit.

The easiest way to get to the centre of Monaco for the Grand Prix is by helicopter transfer from Nice to Monaco. Save time using the helicopter to arrive at your destination in just seven minutes. Special round trip rates are offered during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.
Monaco bus services offer five routes and operate seven days a week, providing extensive coverage within Monaco. A single journey costs €2. The service offers a convenient mobile app to help you catch the next bus from your nearest stop. It is available within the Apple AppStore as well as on Google Play.

The 100 buses operated by Lignes D’Azur, runs between Nice – Monaco – Menton at a cost €1.50 for a single trip. The service offers excellent value and scenic travel along the Riviera. Buses operate every 15 minutes during the day.

If you want to consider taking the trains, the Monaco Monte-Carlo rail station is conveniently located close to the Monaco Grand Prix 2020 race track, with escalator services to Port Hercule. Trains operate regularly to and from Nice by SNCF. The journey between Nice and Monaco lasts between 20-30 minutes and tickets start from €2.50 each way.

Where is the Best Place to watch the Monaco Grand Prix?

If you want to watch the Monaco Grand Prix in style, then you may want to consider these VIP spots.

For a unique view of the Grand Prix and a truly luxurious environment from which to enjoy the race, charter a superyacht and get close to the action from Port Hercule. Entertain guests, hold corporate events and make the most of being in the heart of the action. The most extravagant after-parties light up the night’s sky with their glamour; you’ll be perfectly placed to socialise, network and dance into the night.

Another one is the legendary Hotel de Paris which offers deluxe viewing suites for guests keen to enjoy superb views over Casino Square during the Monaco Grand Prix. Extensively upgraded in 2014, the Hotel de Paris is in the epicentre of all the action, offering a sumptuous spot to take in all the action.

The Hotel de Paris is home to the Garnier Suite and the Casino Square Suite – regarded as two of the most premier race viewing locations in Monaco. Both of these spectacular venues include access to the Garden Terrace, a fantastic spot located trackside where you can watch the race cars enter Casino Square before racing downhill towards Mirabeau Corner.

Also in the heart of Monaco is the Fairmont Hotel. It allows its guests to get close to the hairpin action during the Monaco Grand Prix. Each year the hairpin bend pushes drivers to their limits, making it one of the most exciting corners of the race. Formerly known as the Lowes bend, at the Fairmont you can view the entry, apex, and exit of one of the most famous corners in Formula 1 racing.

The ultimate race viewing apartment for the Monaco Grand Prix is in the Ermanno Palace’s VIP Suite. You can enjoy views over more than half of the famed Monaco Grand Prix race circuit, including the tunnel exit, Chicane, Tabac Corner, Sainte Devote Corner, and the Beau Rivage. The suite’s amply sized terrace offers space for all, while inside caterers provide a sumptuous buffet lunch, and an open bar offers free-flowing Champagne, selected spirits wines, and beers.

You may also want to consider the stunning Belle Epoque Hotel Hermitage boasts world-class service and some of the finest amenities in Monaco. The Midi Terrace and the Midi Terrace VIP Suite is where to book for the Grand Prix Monaco, offering wonderful views of the race’s first corner, the Beau Rivage Straight, and the Sainte Devote Corner.

Also included in the list of top spots are Joel Robuchon at the Metropole Hotel that is located trackside and offers an exhilarating spot to take in all the action and soak up Monaco’s unique atmosphere during the GP; the iconic view from La Rascasse that features unique views of the track inside, between the pit-lane and the paddock, giving guests a unique insight into what goes on behind the scenes; the 10th floor of Le Shangri-La Building which offers one of the best spectator experiences at the Grand Prix. Panoramic views include the pit lane, the straight to the Casino, the chicane at the exit of the tunnel, Port Hercule and the Rascasse corner.

Assuming you are in the mid-range of a budget, you may consider La Marée, Café de Paris, Beau Rivage Race Viewing Package, Caravelles Rooftop, Grandstands, La Rocher, and the Exotic Gardens.

How do you bet on the Monaco Grand Prix?

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most popular motor races in the world. During race week, thousands of tourists descend on the city, hoping to catch some of the action. On the day of the races, millions of viewers tune in to watch the action live.

The race also offers plenty of betting opportunities for online punters. Betting on the winning driver and winning constructor is where you can start but there are also plenty of prop bets like who will take pole position, who will set the fastest lap in the race, will anyone crash out and how many pit stops will be made. If you want to find out more about putting money on this race, check out Spin Sports, Betway Sports, Bodog, or William Hill, where you’ll find the best odds online.

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What is the weather like in Monaco for the Grand Prix?

Daily high temperatures increase by 7°F, from 66°F to 72°F, rarely falling below 61°F or exceeding 78°F. Daily low temperatures increase by 6°F, from 55°F to 61°F, rarely falling below 50°F or exceeding 67°F. It’s usually a fine hot weather every Monaco Grand Prix season.

When was the Monaco Grand Prix founded?

The Automobile Club of Monaco (ACM) (Automobile Club de Monaco) was set up in 1925 following to a Generally Assembly attended by 55 members of the SVAM, the Monegasque Bicycle and Automobile Sports Club, which was created in 1890 under the name Monegasque Bicycle Sports Club. It had been renamed in 1907 because the importance of motor vehicles had become stronger and stronger.

Anthony Noghés, the Commissioner-General, was appointed to present the application of the Automobile Club of Monaco for joining the Association of Certified Automobile Clubs in Paris, currently known as FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile). The application was refused because none of the organized events took place on Monegasque territory.

Nogés committed himself to the crazy project of setting up a race circuit in Monaco and attending the race. With the support of Louis Chiron, the members of the Club as well as the Prince, as Honorary President of the Automobile Club of Monaco, Noghés implemented the event.

On April 14th, 1929, Prince Pierre inaugurated the circuit of the 1st Grand Prix of Monaco with a lap of honour in a Torpedo Voisin car driven by the director of the circuit, Charles Faroux.

The young Monegasque driver Louis Chiron was absent as he participated in the 500 Miles of Indianapolis.

“Williams” won the Grand Prix in a Bugatti 35 B car in 3h56’11’ with an average speed of 80.194 km/h. The race was a genuine triumph.

On April 19, 1932, Captain Sir Malcom Campbell, the man who just had broken the world speed record with 408.621 km per hour, opened the 2nd Grand Prix of Monaco in a superb Torpedo Rolls Royce.

Juan Manuel Fangio was the winner of the 11th edition on May 21st, 1950. Then, a race was organized in 1952, but after, various cancellations took place. Since May 1, 1955, the Grand Prix of Monaco is one of the most expected moments in the Formula One Championship.

Why were there no races from 1938 to 1947, and 1949?

From 1938 to 1947, the Monaco Grand Prix did not take place because of economic reasons, a lack of participants and a period which was not appropriate, World War II.

On May 16th, 1948, the competition started again, but the year after the race was cancelled due to the death of Prince Louis II.

Who is the reigning “King of Monaco”?

Britain’s Graham Hill won the race five times in the 1960s and became known as “King of Monaco” and “Mr. Monaco”. He first won in 1963, and then won the next two years. In the 1965 race, he took pole position and led from the start, but went up an escape road on lap 25 to avoid hitting a slow backmarker. Re-joining in fifth place, Hill set several new lap records on the way to winning. The race was also notable for Jim Clark’s absence (he was doing the Indianapolis 500), and for Paul Hawkins’s Lotus ending up in the harbour. Hill’s teammate, Briton Jackie Stewart, won in 1966 and New Zealander Denny Hulme won in 1967, but Hill won the next two years, the 1969 event being his final Formula One championship victory, by which time he was a double Formula One world champion.

Who are the winners of the Monaco Grand Prix?

It was topped by Ayrton Senna of Brazil having 6 wins (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993) followed by the “Monaco King”, Graham Hill from the UK (1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969) and Germany’s Michael Schumacher (1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001) – both of them having 5 wins. Then Alain Prost of France with 4 wins (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988) followed with 3 wins by United Kingdom’s Stirling Moss (1956, 1960, 1961), Jackie Stewart (1966, 1971, 1973), Lewis Hamilton (2008, 2016, 2019) and Germany’s Nico Rosberg (2013, 2014, 2015). 2 wins each by Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentina (1950, 1957), Maurice Trintignant, France (1955, 1958), Niki Lauda, Austria (1975, 1976), Jody Scheckter, South Africa (1977, 1979), David Coulthard, UK (2000, 2002), Fernando Alonso, Spain (2006-2007), Mark Webber, Australia, (2010, 2012) and finally, Sebastian Vettel, Germany (2011, 2017).

Have there been any fatalities at the Monaco Grand Prix Circuit?

Exciting races, breakneck speed, adrenaline and risk. Life-threatening risk. The history of Formula 1 races has seen fifty fatalities, with the first one in 1950. As for the Principality, only one driver was killed during the Monaco Grand Prix.

Italian racing driver Lorenzo Bandini started his Formula 1 career in 1961 as a member of Scuderia Centro Sud. Two years later, Ferrari hired him. Lorenzo worked with the team for six years. In 1964, he won the Austrian Grand Prix.

Monaco GP in 1967 was the first race of the season for Lorenzo. From the very beginning, he was leading the race. On the 82nd lap, running right after Hulme, the Italian lost control of his Ferrari entering the harbour chicane. The car rolled over and burst into flames with Bandini trapped inside. Four minutes had passed before marshals pulled him out of the flaming car. Lorenzo was taken to the Princess Grace Hospital Centre with burns covering 70% of his body. Three days after the terrifying accident Lorenzo passed away.

“Lorenzo died in the prime of his life and his career. When he finally had everything he’d ever wanted. He worked hard and was in good shape. He had an excellent car and his team’s support. But he didn’t have a chance to enjoy it”, said Margarita Bandini, Lorenzo’s widow.

What does the Monaco Grand Prix Circuit look like?

The race is held on a narrow course laid out in the streets of Monaco, with many elevation changes and tight corners as well as a tunnel, making it one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One.

The circuit, which remained nearly identical since 1950, is 3,340 km long. Passed the line, the pilot arrives at Sainte Dévote curve, place of many accidents. The track goes up until the left-right of the Casino of Monte-Carlo, in front of the Hotel de Paris, from there, goes down again to the right curve of the Mirabeau. It continues then to the slowest turn of the championship: Virage Fairmont (formerly Virage Loews), on the site of which is the Fairmont Hotel Monte-Carlo. The section of the Portier brings to the sea, where the track borrows a tunnel and carries out to the baffle close to the port, beside the hotel Port Palace Monaco and the Hotel Miramar Monaco. Then turn on the left of the Tobacco Shop, the section of the Swimming pool, then the stiff turn on the right with Rascasse, follow-up of the curve Anthony Noghes, then finally the line of the stands.

Despite the relatively low average speeds, the Monaco circuit is a dangerous place to race and often involves the intervention of a safety car. It is the only Grand Prix that does not adhere to the FIA’s mandated 305-kilometre (190-mile) minimum race distance for F1 races.

It was really a challenging circuit. Nelson Piquet, triple Formula One champion was fond of saying that racing at Monaco was “like trying to cycle round your living room”, but added that “a win here was worth two anywhere else”.

How has the Monaco Grand Prix Circuit evolved?

In every race, the safety of the F1 pilots is a major concern. The Monaco Grand Prix Circuit has gone through changes in time, from then and now, considering everyone’s safety and businesses around.
By the start of the 1970s, efforts by Jackie Stewart saw several Formula One events cancelled because of safety concerns. For the 1969 event, Armco barriers were placed at specific points for the first time in the circuit’s history. Before that, the circuit’s conditions were virtually identical to everyday road use. If a driver went off, he had a chance to crash into whatever was next to the track (buildings, trees, lamp posts, glass windows, and even a train station), and in Alberto Ascari’s and Paul Hawkins’s cases, the harbour water, because the concrete road the course used had no Armco to protect the drivers from going off the track and into the Mediterranean. The circuit gained more Armco in specific points for the next two races, and by 1972, the circuit was almost completely Armco-lined. For the first time in its history, the Monaco circuit was altered in 1972 as the pits were moved next to the waterfront straight between the chicane and Tabac. The chicane was moved further forward right before Tabac becoming the junction point between the pits and the course. The course was changed again for the 1973 race. The Rainier III Nautical Stadium was constructed where the straight that went behind the pits was and the circuit introduced a double chicane that went around the new swimming pool. This chicane complex is known today as “Swimming Pool”. This created space for a whole new pit facility and in 1976 the course was altered yet again; the Sainte Devote corner was made slower and a chicane was placed right before the pit straight.

By the early 1970s, as Brabham team owner Bernie Ecclestone started to marshal the collective bargaining power of the Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA), Monaco was prestigious enough to become an early bone of contention. Historically the number of cars permitted in a race was decided by the race organiser, in this case, the ACM, which had always set a low number of around 16. In 1972 Ecclestone started to negotiate deals which relied on FOCA guaranteeing at least 18 entrants for every race. A stand-off over this issue left the 1972 race in jeopardy until the ACM gave in and agreed that 26 cars could participate – the same number permitted at most other circuits. Two years later, in 1974, the ACM got the numbers back down to 18.

Because of its tight confines, slow average speeds and punishing nature, Monaco has often thrown up unexpected results. In the 1982 race, René Arnoux led the first 15 laps, before retiring. Alain Prost then led until four laps from the end, when he spun off on the wet track, hit the barriers and lost a wheel, giving Riccardo Patrese the lead. Patrese himself spun with only a lap and a half to go, letting Didier Pironi through to the front, followed by Andrea de Cesaris. On the last lap, Pironi ran out of fuel in the tunnel, but De Cesaris also ran out of fuel before he could overtake. In the meantime, Patrese had bump-started his car and went through to score his first Grand Prix win.

In 1983 the ACM became entangled in the disagreements between Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) and FOCA. The ACM, with the agreement of Bernie Ecclestone, negotiated an individual television rights deal with ABC in the United States. This broke an agreement enforced by FISA for a single central negotiation of television rights. Jean-Marie Balestre, president of FISA, announced that the Monaco Grand Prix would not form part of the Formula One world championship in 1985. The ACM fought their case in the French courts. They won the case and the race was eventually reinstated.

Below is the summary of the Monaco Grand Prix Circuit transformation since its creation:

-1973, the road of the swimming pool which made possible to install the stands on the Quay,

-1976, two new baffles are installed respectively at Ste Dévote and on the outlet side of the Rascasse,

-1986, the widening of the Quay des Etats Unis that allows the creation of a new Baffle,

-1997, the first “S” of the swimming pool is redrawn and has now the name of turn “Louis Chiron”,

-2003, the first phase of installations of the circuit touched only the southern part of the port. 5000 square meters of ground was gained on the sea. The circuit ranging between the 2nd “S” of the swimming pool and Rascasse was moved of 10 meters compared to its initial site and completely redrawn. Installation of a baffle at the exit of the 2nd turn of the swimming pool,

-2004, the doubling of the width of the esplanade accomodating the zone of the stands on the level of the Boulevard Albert 1st, by the creation of a building on the influence of the old track between the swimming pool and Rascasse. New stands representing an area of 250 square meters will be placed at the disposal of each team.