2024 Monaco Grand Prix: Fast Facts

F1 Grand Prix Of Monaco Practice - Circuit de Monaco
F1 Grand Prix Of Monaco Practice - Circuit de Monaco

The prestigious streets of Monte Carlo are set to host the 81st edition of the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco from May 24 to 26, 2024. This iconic event, which is a highlight of the Formula 1 calendar, promises to deliver high-octane racing amidst the glitz and glamour of the Principality of Monaco. With its challenging circuit that snakes through the narrow city streets, the Monaco Grand Prix remains one of the most demanding and revered races for drivers and teams alike. As the race weekend approaches, all eyes will be on the Circuit de Monaco, the jewel in the Formula 1 crown.

2024 Monaco Grand Prix Scheduling

The schedule for the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix promises an exciting weekend of racing action in the streets of Monte Carlo. The event kicks off on May 24 with the first practice session at 13:30, giving teams their initial run on the iconic circuit. A second practice follows later in the day at 17:00, allowing teams to gather valuable data. On May 25, Practice 3 starts at 12:30, providing the final opportunity for drivers to fine-tune their setups before the high-stakes qualifying session at 16:00. The weekend culminates with the race on May 26 at 15:00, where nerves of steel will determine the winner of the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.

DateSessionTime
24 MAYPractice 113:30 – 14:30
24 MAYPractice 217:00 – 18:00
25 MAYPractice 312:30 – 13:30
25 MAYQualifying16:00 – 17:00
26 MAYRace15:00

Note: The above session times are local time for Monaco.

2024 Monaco Grand Prix Betting

As the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix approaches, the best betting sites in the USA provide a glimpse into the likely frontrunners and dark horses. Max Verstappen stands out as the clear favourite, fresh off his bounce-back win at the 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Second-place finisher at Imola, Lando Norris, is also one of the favourites for Monaco as his McLaren team has improved their single-lap pace and could help the British driver take the all-important pole position at Monaco.

Charles Leclerc, racing on his home turf, is seen as a significant contender with odds suggesting a solid chance for a podium finish. Meanwhile, the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell present intriguing options for those looking for potential upsets.

Further down the list, Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Oscar Piastri are seen as moderate contenders, with their odds indicating a respectable finish is possible. Drivers like Alex Albon and Daniel Ricciardo are positioned as long shots, with their odds reflecting a lower expectation for impacting the race’s outcome.

Betting enthusiasts can expect an exciting and unpredictable race, with opportunities for significant returns on their wagers.

How to Watch the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix

Formula 1 fans around the globe can catch all the action from the Monaco Grand Prix through various broadcasters and streaming services.

In the United Kingdom, viewers can watch every session live on Sky Sports F1, with comprehensive coverage of the practice sessions, qualifying, and the race itself.

For fans in the United States, the Monaco Grand Prix will be available through ESPN and its associated channels. ESPN offers extensive coverage of F1, including live broadcasts and replays. Cord-cutters can also stream the race live through various over-the-top (OTT) services that carry ESPN channels.

Viewers in Australia can tune in to watch the Grand Prix weekend unfold live on Fox Sports, which offers complete coverage of F1 races. For online streaming, fans can subscribe to Kayo Sports, a streaming platform that includes all Fox Sports content.

Additionally, F1 TV Pro offers live streaming of every track session to viewers in many countries worldwide.

This subscription service provides access to onboard cameras, team radios, live timing, and more, for an immersive viewing experience.

Remember to check the local listings and services for the most up-to-date information regarding broadcast times and availability in your region.

Qualifying The Key For Max Verstappen

Although Max Verstappen got the win at Imola, it wasn’t the usual polished weekend from Red Bull which struggled early. With such tight margins around Monaco, the Dutchman wants to hit the ground running.

‘We have been reviewing what we need to do and build on to extract the maximum performance from the car in Monaco.

‘Although it was a close race, it was great to get the win in Imola and we now look forward to the second race of the doubleheader. As it is a close street circuit, it is important we hit the ground running and get in a strong qualifying session, as it is always particularly difficult to overtake. The race is often dependent on strategy and requires a lot of concentration and focus. 

‘We have been reviewing what we need to do and build on to extract the maximum performance from the car here, so we are looking forward to seeing what the weekend brings. 

‘Monaco is always an incredibly busy and hectic weekend so it has been good to come home, relax and recharge before the race. It is always nice to be able to travel home in the evening too, being so close to home.’

Toto Wolff Aiming For Another Step Forward

While Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was disappointed the upgrades brought to Imola didn’t result in a podium, the Austrian is looking to make another incremental gain on the streets of the Principality.

‘The small step forward we took in Imola was encouraging. The team has worked incredibly hard to bring our recent updates to the track, and it was a clear performance gain. That being said, others have improved too. We are still a step behind the front three teams therefore, and there is plenty of work still to do. Nevertheless, we have a clear direction and developments in the pipeline. We have a more solid platform to build on now and we are confident that, in time, we can get ourselves into the pack ahead.

‘That work continues this weekend in Monaco. It is a unique circuit and a fantastic challenge for the team and drivers. It is always hard to predict expected performance, but we will look to execute a clean weekend and maximise the car we have. It is always a special weekend, and we look forward to putting on a good show for the fans, and our partners and guests across our extensive hospitality programme in Monte Carlo.’

Home Cooking To Help Alexander Albon?

Alexander Albon is one of many Formula 1 drivers living in Monaco, and after a nightmare race last time out, the comforts of home may help the Williams driver this weekend.

‘As we head to Monaco this week as part of the doubleheader, I’m really looking forward to driving on this iconic track again and it’s always exciting when the race is on your doorstep. Monaco has always been a track that our car has struggled with, so I’m interested to see how the FW46 performs given our change in characteristics to make it more versatile across different tracks. Monaco is always interesting with the weather being unpredictable, as well as overtaking being a challenge, so it should make for an interesting weekend.’

Monaco Grand Prix: Fast Facts

  • The race sees the highest lap count of any event with 78 tours of the circuit forming the Monaco Grand Prix. It is the only race that does not adhere to the FIA’s mandated 305 km minimum distance, measuring 260.286 km.
  • With three victories around the streets of the principality, Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver on the current grid at the Monaco Grand Prix with wins in 2008, 2016, and 2019. Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen have two wins, Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez have one.
  • From the seven races in F1’s inaugural 1950 season, only four of them remain on the calendar in 2024: the British, Monaco, Belgian and Italian Grands Prix. All four races take place on the same circuits they did in 1950: Silverstone, Circuit de Monaco, Spa-Francorchamps, and Monza.
  • The first-ever Monaco Grand Prix was organised in 1929 by Antony Noghès. The final corner of the circuit is named in his honour.
  • A tighter and narrower pitlane than most F1 tracks means Monaco is one of three circuits to run a pitlane speed of 60 km/h, rather than the usual 80. The other two are Zandvoort and Singapore.
  • Monaco, along with Jeddah, has the most number of right-hand turns on the F1 calendar with 11.
  • This will be the 81st running of the Monaco Grand Prix.
  • The 1996 event holds the record for the F1 race with the fewest finishers. Only podium scorers Olivier Panis, David Coulthard, and Johnny Herbert finished the race.
  • Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna took five successive victories at the track between 1989 and 1993.
  • Mercedes-Benz Power has won 12 of the last 25 Monaco Grand Prix, with McLaren, Brawn and Mercedes.
  • MaxVerstappen seeks Formula One history this weekend as he attempts to become the first driver in F1 to take nine consecutive pole positions, surpassing Ayrton Senna’s previous record that has stood since 1989. Should he succeed, Max will simultaneously hold the records for most consecutive wins (10) and consecutive poles (9), something no driver has done since Alberto Ascari in 1953.
  • Both of Verstappen’s two previous Monaco Grand Prix wins in 2021 and 2023 were led from start to finish.
  • Sergio Perez won the 2022 Monaco GP from third on the grid, one of only two winners from below the front row in the past 14 occurrences of the race. Perez also became the first North American driver to win in Monaco since Canadian Gilles Villeneuve was victorious in 1981.
  • Having only competed in F1 since 2005, Oracle Red Bull Racing is already third on the all-time Monaco GP roll of honour with seven wins, tied with Lotus and trailing only Ferrari (9) and McLaren (15) for number of wins at the iconic circuit.
  • The first-ever Red Bull Racing podium finish took place at the 2006 Monaco GP, when David Coulthard finished third. He wore a Superman cape on the podium in reference to that summer’s instalment of the film.

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