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Formula 1 GP Monte Carlo - Circuit de Monaco

GP Monte Carlo: From May 26 to 28, 2023, the seventh round of this year's Formula One season will take place in glamorous Monaco. Interestingly, Sebastian Vettel, a long-time hopeful for the German world championship title, will not be racing this year. The talented racing driver from Heppenheim had already announced in 2022 that he would not contest another season in Formula 1.


GP Monte Carlo: The track

The Circuit de Monaco is a temporary race track that winds through the picturesque neighborhoods of Monte Carlo and La Condamine in Monaco. Each year, numerous city streets are closed for the famous Monaco Grand Prix. It's an elaborate process that involves temporarily removing traffic signs and flower planters. The 3.337-kilometer circuit is lined with pit lanes, guardrails, mobile fences and impressive grandstands. There are a total of 19 challenging corners that make the racing exciting.

During the race, a total of 78 laps will be completed, which corresponds to a distance of 260 kilometers.

Due to the layout of the street circuit, the race track offers only limited run-off areas and is therefore one of the most dangerous on the Formula One calendar, despite the comparatively lower average speeds compared to other circuits. Former world champion Nelson Piquet once compared driving on the Monaco circuit to flying a helicopter in your living room, while two-time Monaco winner David Coulthard described it as pure madness . This tradition-steeped circuit presents an enormous challenge to drivers and winning at Monaco is considered an extraordinary achievement. It requires precision, courage and the ability to perform at the limits of what is possible.

Another feature is the pit lane, which is special because of the special conditions in Monaco. Unlike permanent circuits, the pit lane was not planned from the outset, which is why it is very narrow and forces teams to make compromises when it comes to accommodating their equipment. The pit building is located right next to the start-finish straight, while the pit lane has run along the back of it since 2004. This spatial arrangement requires teams and drivers to be particularly adaptable and dexterous during pit stops.

History of the Circuit de Monaco

The legendary Circuit de Monaco was first used in 1929 for the Monaco Grand Prix, organized as part of a race hosted by the Automobile Club de Monaco. In 1950, Formula One engines sounded in the streets of Monaco for the first time, and the Principality briefly became part of the Formula One racing calendar. Juan Manuel Fangio, an Argentinean racing driver, secured victory in the premiere race. However, five years passed before the second Formula One Grand Prix was held in Monaco in 1955. Since then, the Monaco Grand Prix has become a permanent fixture on the racing calendar.

Where to after GP Monte Carlo?

After the exciting GP Monte Carlo (Monaco Grad Prix), the Formula One teams now have a week to prepare for the next Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Before that, after all, they were at the Grand Prix in Italy-Imola.

All winners of the Formula 1 GP Monte Carlo

2023Max VerstappenRed Bull
2022Sergio PerezRed Bull
2021Max VerstappenRed Bull
2020no race because of Covid-19
2019Lewis Hamilton (GBR)Mercedes
2018Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)Red Bull
2017Sebastian Vettel (D)Ferrari
2016Lewis Hamilton (GBR)Mercedes
2015Nico Rosberg (GER)Mercedes
2014Nico Rosberg (GER)Mercedes
2013Nico Rosberg (GER)Mercedes
2012Mark Webber (AUS)Red Bull Racing
2011Sebastian Vettel (GER)Red Bull Racing
2010Mark Webber (AUS)Red Bull Racing
2009Jenson Button (GBR)Brawn
2008Lewis Hamilton (GBR)McLaren
2007Fernando Alonso (ESP)McLaren
2006Fernando Alonso (ESP)Renault
2005Kimi Räikkönen (FIN)McLaren
2004Jarno Trulli (ITA)Renault
2003Juan Pablo Montoya (COL)Williams
2002David Coulthard (GBR)McLaren
2001Michael Schumacher (GER)Ferrari
2000David Coulthard (GBR)McLaren
1999Michael Schumacher (GER)Ferrari
1998Mika Häkkinen (FIN)McLaren
1997Michael Schumacher (GER)Ferrari
1996Olivier Panis (FRA)Ligier
1995Michael Schumacher (GER)Benetton
1994Michael Schumacher (GER)Benetton
1993Ayrton Senna (BRA)McLaren
1992Ayrton Senna (BRA)McLaren
1991Ayrton Senna (BRA)McLaren
1990Ayrton Senna (BRA)McLaren
1989Ayrton Senna (BRA)McLaren
1988Alain Prost (FRA)McLaren
1987Ayrton Senna (BRA)Lotus
1986Alain Prost (FRA)McLaren
1985Alain Prost (FRA)McLaren
1984Alain Prost (FRA)McLaren
1983Keke Rosberg (FIN)Williams
1982Riccardo Patrese (ITA)Brabham
1981Gilles Villeneuve (CAN)Ferrari
1980Carlos Reutemann (ARG)Williams
1979Jody Scheckter (RSA)Ferrari
1978Patrick Depailler (FRA)Tyrrell
1977Jody Scheckter (RSA)Wolf
1976Niki Lauda (AUT)Ferrari
1975Niki Lauda (AUT)Ferrari
1974Ronnie Peterson (SWE)Lotus
1973Jackie Stewart (GBR)Tyrrell
1972Jean-Pierre Beltoise (FRA)BRM
1971Jackie Stewart (GBR)Tyrrell
1970Jochen Rindt (AUT)Lotus
1969Graham Hill (GBR)Lotus
1968Graham Hill (GBR)Lotus
1967Denny Hulme (NZL)Brabham
1966Jackie Stewart (GBR)BRM
1965Graham Hill (GBR)BRM
1964Graham Hill (GBR)BRM
1963Graham Hill (GBR)BRM
1962Bruce McLaren (AUS)Cooper
1961Stirling Moss (GBR)Lotus
1960Stirling Moss (GBR)Lotus
1959Jack Brabham (AUS)Cooper
1958Maurice Trintignant (FRA)Cooper
1957Juan Manuel Fangio (ARG)Maserati
1956Stirling Moss (GBR)Maserati
1955Maurice Trintignant (FRA)Ferrari
1950Juan Manuel Fangio (ARG)Alfa Romeo

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