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2024 MONACO GRAND PRIX

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2024 MONACO GP


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Not had as much time as I would like to check it all out for errors so it is what it is, and the history pics are a bit light on. Sorry. Not a good week for a back to back race.


This weekend will be the 70th edition of the Monaco race to count towards the Drivers’ World Championship. There were in fact eleven earlier races, ten before the World Championship for the blue riband racing category was established and one in 1952 when the Grand Prix was contested by closed-wheel Sports cars.


A quick turnaround this week and no peace for the wicked. l:ast weekend we were at Imola, and has a race that had ups and downs for most and even at one stage looked like we might have another off weekend for Red Bull..... an all nighter from Sebastian Buemi on the simulator back at the factory but Max back on stream with a new setup, and a few less sandbags etc and it looked all set to be another Max domination. However Miami winner Lando Norris seemed to like this winning mullarkey and gave it his best shot at the end, and indeed finished just 0.7 behind Max. Of course catching is one thing and passing is another especially at a narrow single DRS zone track like Imola and I think Max might have been able to keep Lando behind had there been another couple of laps.

Regardless of the what ifs, Ferrari were also quite pacy, and given McLarens new found pace we could have us a race this weekend. Piastri will be looking for something to go his way soon. Of course we are now along the coast at Monaco, a track where race pace is less important than the all important one lap pace of qualifying. If you dont qualify well at Monaco you are looking at a pretty miserable weekend. Given Monaco is known for being a bumpy track and the Red Bull weakness seems to be on the less smooth surfaces, we could well find Monaco is not totally suited to the Red Bulls


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The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious races in the Formula 1 championship, held at the Monte Carlo Circuit in the Principality of Monaco. The history of the race dates back to 1929 when the Principality hosted the first independent race of its kind. The race was first held as a round of the Formula 1 championship in 1950 and remains so to this day.

The Principality of Monaco ranks last on the list of European countries in terms of area. It occupies only 1.95 square kilometers. The population is 30000 inhabitants, of which only 5000 are considered native Monegasques. The main source of the budget is tourists, who in a good year come more than three million.

Considered the grandest Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Monaco Grand Prix has become the absolute benchmark and one of the most prestigious motor races. Legendary urban layout, winding curves, steep turns – all this enlivens the streets of the Principality.

On April 14, 1929, the Automobile Club of Monaco organized the first Monaco Grand Prix, with the consent of Prince Louis II of Monaco. The race is won by William Grover-Williams and his Bugatti. The world did not know that the Monaco Grand Prix would soon become one of the most prestigious motor races, especially for sports cars, since 1952.

“Formula 1” came to the land of the Principality in the year of its birth. The 1950 World Championship round ended with a victory for Juan Manuel Fangio, who covered the race distance in 3 hours, 13 minutes, and 19 seconds, with an average speed of 98.700 km/h. However, after the stage, a lot of critics argued that the narrow streets of Monte Carlo are not designed for serious racing and that the danger of serious accidents is high. For a couple of years the race was not included in the championship, then in 1952 the Italian driver Luigi Faggioli died in training and the calendar was left without one of the most interesting races.

In 1955, the race was returned to the championship and since then it has been a constant presence on the calendar. Safety talks were no longer raised.

The Monaco Grand Prix has two heroes – Ayrton Senna and Graham Hill. The Brazilian, having climbed to the podium from 13th place at the start of the rain race in 1984, only rarely shared victories with Alan Prost, coming first in six stages. He also holds the track record for the number of consecutive victories – five, from 1989 to 1993. The organizers of the stage left the pole position of 1994 empty, symbolically giving it to the recently deceased racer. Graham Hill was known as ‘Mr Monaco’ in recognition of five glorious victories.

I know a lot of people dont like Monaco and dont think it should be on the calendar. I just love it. Without doubt one of the most popular and unique GP's on the calendar, and one that is steeped in history. For most without doubt it is the most prestigious GP in the world. Whatever Miami, Vegas, Singapore etc might think. At least the water is real and the boats float in the stuff. (I say GP because some might say Le Mans or even the other race on this weekend at Indy.

Of course this year, for the third time in a row it does not get underway until Friday whereas in days gone Thursday was always the norm, with Friday a day off.....It was all to do with Ascension day.

So this year life goes on for the coffee bar set, but on a Thursday now. And we get an extra day to do our quiz entries

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For one round only at, Monaco it is not all about the best engine so much. Being down on power isn’t insurmountable as drivers spend just 43% of the lap on full throttle - the least of any circuit on the calendar. Of course the teams will learn a bit of the balance of their cars here, although low drag matters not here, the teams run all the downforce they can here. Nor is imperfect aerodynamic efficiency brutally punished here. As said Monaco is an outlier.

With the emphasis instead tipped towards mechanical grip around the hosed-down streets, being quick requires an ability to brake confidently into the 19 corners, find a well-behaved chassis at the apex and then rely on sound traction to slingshot out the other side.

As we know from past years qualifying is the key to a happy Monaco..... a Q1 mistake for a front runner could make for an unpleasant weekend. The low chance of overtaking the finishing positions in Monaco often very closely match the qualifying order. Therefore teams look to achieve maximum qualifying positions over all else.

Overtaking is hideous here. We have seen some memorable battles here over the years. We saw Danny Ric hang on to win with a misbehaving engine. Of course Senna and Mansell had a pretty good battle.

(FACT: We have seen races at Monaco where not even one single passing move happened. 2003 was one)

This may mean compromising set-up for a quicker qualifying car at the expense of race performance. It will also mean having the maximum number of soft compound qualifying tyres available, and not saving additional medium or hard tyres for the race. This focus on qualifying starts from the very first practice session of the weekend.

Will McLaren and Ferrari have the one lap pace around Monaco to put pressure on Red Bull or will Buemi have had a sleepless week of lapping Monaco on the RB simulator at Milton Keyney

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Monaco goes quite crazy during Grand Prix weekend. The town and the harbour are all packed to bursting point. Of all the GP races, this is definitely the one that has the most to offer spectators. For one thing, there's nowhere else you can get so close to the action. The engine noise is stupendous and the razzmatazz is simply unique. It is of course by nature the in place to be this weekend, and its importance within the A set is is up there with the Oscars. (And it seems Miami as well) The glitterati of Hollywood, the Music industry and of course Motor Racing legends, anyone of note GP regulars or not, will always try to get to Monaco.

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In fact Monaco GP weekend is also in World Championship terms, the first track to ever use a circuit made up of public roads. Monaco has changed a lot in terms of profile.... we now have hi-rise hotels and flats there, not to mention a huge increase in population. But the track remains to all intents and purposes unchanged other than the odd chicane round the new for 1973 Swimming Pool and the Rascasse bit replace the Gasworks hairpin. Of course the start finish line isnt where it used to be (it used to be down by the harbour.)


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New Senna Tribute livery for McLaren.

Of course McLaren will be hoping that their special new livery will attract some of Ayrton Senna's Monaco Magic this weekend. McLaren will run a vibrant one-off, Ayrton Senna-inspired yellow, green and blue full wrap livery at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The livery takes inspiration from Senna’s iconic helmet and is designed to celebrate the Brazilian’s “incredible racing legacy”.

Three-time world champion Senna is McLaren’s most successful driver, racing for the British operation between 1988 and 1993 – during which time, he secured 35 of his 41 Grand Prix wins, plus three drivers’ titles and four constructors’ championships.

McLaren chose Monaco as the Monte Carlo track has become synonymous with Senna winning six times in the Principality, including five times in a row from 1989.


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In Monaco, the McLaren team will also wear Senna-inspired team kit for the weekend, with race drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri wearing bespoke overalls.



TIMETABLE


FRIDAY 24 MAY
Practice 1
13:30 - 14:30


24 MAY
Practice 2
17:00 - 18:00


SATURDAY 25
MAY
Practice 3
12:30 - 13:30


25MAY
Qualifying
16:00 - 17:00


SUNDAY 26
MAY
Race
15:00


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Sergio will be looking to pick up his act after an underwhelming weekend at Imola. He has done quite well in the past here......
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THE TRACK


The circuit winds its way through the streets, from Ste devote, it goes uphill to Casino square, then plunges back down to Mirabeau before heading into the Loews hairpin.

The tunnel that leads to the harbour-side chicane echoes with the roar of the engines.

This is one track however where overtaking is virtually impossible.

“Unpredictable is the word that sums up Monaco from a performance perspective. At Monaco literally anything can happen.”

The whole lap at Monaco is just a non-stop challenge and you have to maintain absolute focus and concentration over every single one of the 78 laps of the race. The absolute key to a really quick lap is to not let the barriers intimidate you as this is a circuit that rewards precision. Having a good qualifying session and getting the best grid position possible is so important to a successful weekend. Passing is very difficult during the race, so you need to make a good start and do your overtaking off the line where possible.


At its widest point, the track is just 10 metres across, barely enough space for two Formula 1 cars to race wheel to wheel.

There are plenty of blind spots at this track, but to be competitive you need to brush the walls and avoid the barriers.

Famous places. Among the best known sections, there’s the first corner, Ste. Devote and the climb to Casino Square, taken at hair-raising speeds. The slow turn 6 hairpin is one of the few opportunities for a driver to dive inside an opponent before the track heads for the tunnel. Sector 3 is the most thrilling to watch as the wheels kiss the guard-rails at the two Swimming Pool esses and Rascasse, the penultimate corner leading onto the start-finish straight, although “straight” is something of a misnomer as it is actually one long curve. Overtaking is virtually impossible and so drivers really focus on qualifying well, which is why they talk about the Saturday afternoon session effectively being the first part of the Grand Prix.



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First Grand Prix
1950

Number of Laps
78

Circuit Length
3.337km

Race Distance
260.286 km

Lap Record
1:12.909 Lewis Hamilton (2021)




Monaco
When was the track built?

In 1215, sort of – that’s when Monaco was first established as a colony of Genoa.

When was its first Grand Prix?
It was 1929 when racing engines first reverberated around the Principality, after cigarette manufacturer Antony Noghes decided to organise a race with his pals from the Automobile Club de Monaco. The race was part of the calendar in the first year of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1950, and hasn’t been off it since 1955.

What’s the circuit like?
Incredibly narrow and totally iconic. Nelson Piquet memorably described driving around Monaco as “like riding a bicycle around your living room”… which is fair. Despite that, it’s a challenge that nearly all drivers love, forcing them to put their skills on the line and rewarding millimetric accuracy. Overtaking on the tight streets is harder, however, with the 2003 Grand Prix witnessing a grand total of zero passing moves!


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WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR

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Verstappen beats Alonso to Monaco GP victory despite rain causing late drama


Max Verstappen kept Red Bull’s 2023 winning record intact by overcoming a rain shower – and the chaos that ensued – in the closing stages of the Monaco Grand Prix, leading home Aston Martin rival Fernando Alonso and the Alpine of Esteban Ocon.

Verstappen made a clean getaway when the race began to maintain his pole position advantage over Alonso into the first corner, with the Red Bull opting for medium starting tyres and the Aston Martin going for hards.

But as the race developed and their planned one-and-only stops approached, a rain shower hit the track to turn the encounter on its head, causing a flurry of off-track excursions, brushes with the barriers and pit lane activity.

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Alonso pitted while only a portion of the track was damp and initially took on mediums, but intensifying rainfall meant he was forced back in for intermediates, which the rest of the field clambered for as well.

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Crucially, Verstappen went straight from his starting mediums to intermediates, surviving contact with the wall before pitting, getting back into a rhythm in the mixed conditions and controlling proceedings to the chequered flag.

Despite that extra stop, Alonso had enough in hand to retain second and score Aston Martin’s best result of the season so far, with Ocon converting his eye-catching qualifying performance into the final podium spot.

Mercedes’ updated W14s racked up a solid haul of points as Lewis Hamilton and George Russell took fourth and fifth respectively, the latter’s five-second time penalty for clashing with Sergio Perez when he rejoined the track from an off in the slippery conditions not affecting his finishing position.


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Home favourite Charles Leclerc crossed the line where he started in sixth, having been given a three-place grid penalty for impeding Lando Norris in qualifying, followed by the other Alpine of Pierre Gasly and Ferrari team mate Carlos Sainz, who lost out with a spin in the wet.

Norris and Oscar Piastri gave McLaren a double points finish in ninth and 10th, Alfa Romeo wound up 11th and 13th, with Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu sandwiching the other AlphaTauri of Nyck de Vries, followed by Williams’ Alex Albon, Tsunoda and Perez, who could do no more than 16th after his qualifying crash.

Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg endured a messy race en route to 17th, having been given a five-second penalty by the stewards – for hitting Logan Sargeant on Lap 1 – that was not served correctly, resulting in an additional, 10-second sanction.

Sargeant was the final finisher following an early-race puncture, with Kevin Magnussen retiring his Haas in the closing laps after being the last driver to ditch slick tyres and visiting the barriers, and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll the other to DNF after an array of incidents.

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POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 78 1:48:51.980 25
2 14 Fernando Alonso ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 78 +27.921s 18
3 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 78 +36.990s 15
4 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 78 +39.062s 13
5 63 George Russell MERCEDES 78 +56.284s 10
6 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 78 +61.890s 8
7 10 Pierre Gasly ALPINE RENAULT 78 +62.362s 6
8 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 78 +63.391s 4
9 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 77 +1 lap 2
10 81 Oscar Piastri MCLAREN MERCEDES 77 +1 lap 1
11 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 77 +1 lap 0
12 21 Nyck De Vries ALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT 77 +1 lap 0
13 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 77 +1 lap 0
14 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 77 +1 lap 0
15 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT 76 +2 laps 0
16 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 76 +2 laps 0
17 27 Nico Hulkenberg HAAS FERRARI 76 +2 laps 0
18 2 Logan Sargeant WILLIAMS MERCEDES 76 +2 laps 0
19 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 70 DNF 0
NC 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 53 DNF 0


Note - Hamilton scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race.
Sargeant received a five-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Russell received a five-second time penalty for rejoining the track unsafely.
Hulkenberg received a 10-second time penalty for failing to serve a penalty during a pit stop.


Highlights of last years race
Click watch on youtube to watch.




TYRES

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As usual, Pirelli’s choice of slick tyre compounds falls to the three softest available this year, which means the C3 as Hard, the C4 as Medium and the C5 as Soft. As is generally the case on street circuits the track will need to evolve and 'get rubber down' given it is in daily use for road cars and so the tyres must provide as much grip as possible.

In Monaco, the tyres are subjected to some of the lowest forces of the whole season as the average speed over the 3.337 kilometre-long track is very slow with some corners taken at less than 50 km/h, while the cars are only at full throttle for 30% of the lap. However, mitigating this low stress level is the fact that, with 78 laps to cover on Sunday, every phenomenon that can characterise tyre behaviour occurs far more frequently than average, especially when it comes to the level of energy developed when traction is required. Another factor to consider regarding the tyres is graining which, especially on the first couple of days, could turn out to be an unwelcome guest.

On a track where the margin for error is pretty much non-existent, one factor which affects how quickly a driver’s lap times come down is the confidence they gradually gain, regardless of how well they know the track, as they tackle its 19 corners and all the other hazards it harbours. The driver must work towards finding the best lines, getting ever closer to the barriers, often brushing them with the shoulder of the tyres. The skill is in doing this without breaking anything on the car and it is the key to securing a good grid position, essential in a race where overtaking is wellnigh impossible, even when there is a performance gap between cars that can run into seconds. Qualifying will be even more critical, when this year we have seen the order in which the cars line up behind the starting lights decided by just thousandths of a second.



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THE TECHNICAL CHALLENGE

From a technical point of view, Monaco is not as much of an enigma as many people think.

The track has been re-surfaced several times in recent years, which means the asphalt is similar to many permanent racetracks around the world, and from a set-up point of view, it is simply at one extreme of the aero and mechanical scale.

The cars run with maximum aerodynamic downforce throughout the weekend, so set-up choices are mechanical. the engineers and drivers to focus on maximising the mechanical grip generated by the cars. Teams will use any method at their disposal to gain more downforce at Monaco. In the 2006 race, Williams went for a simple but effective triple mid wing on the FW28's engine cover. This not only added downforce in the centre of the car, it also helps to manage airflow passing to the rear wing, hence increasing its efficiency.

Aero is purely get all the downforce you can and then trim to get an optimum balance.

Drivers have to find a set-up that allows them to steer a very precise line between the barriers.

Being a well used street circuit needs to be F1'd lets call it. It needs to get rubbered up.

It is generally best not to change the car's set-up too much during first practice on Thursday as the circuit only becomes representative in session two, once the surface has started to collect rubber.

Being a town centre type road circuit though this does throw other curve-balls which in itself provides a number of challenges, such as the unusual camber with the track peaking in the middle and dropping down to the gutters on either side of the road, manhole covers and the white lines. This does see the team use a slightly higher ride height than normal, as well as a more compliant suspension set-up will be fitted to the cars. The tight, twisty nature of the track means that the highest downforce of the season can be used, to allow for greater performance through all the corners without compromising speed on the straights, as there is no section of the track that needs this capability. The constant cornering also demands good front end grip for exact positioning.

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STRATEGY

Strategy at Monaco is one of those things that has to be flexible, given the likleyhood of Safety Cars, and the importance of track position and steering clear of traffic, a drivers worst enemy at the principality. The very tight pit lane forces a 60 kph pit lane speed limit and the gap between garages is so tight that often a pit stop is very slow as there is a high risk of a driver being blocked by another car entering or exiting the pit box. That needs to be factored in to any race strategy.

You will by now know the importance of a good track position is everything in Monaco, which is why practically all the teams will opt for a one-stop strategy, in order to maintain it. In the dry, drivers generally start on the Soft or Medium compound tyres to have pace and consistency over the opening laps. The window for switching to Hards is generally between laps 22 to 38. However, if there is a Safety Car or rain, then chaos can ensue with the race suddenly becoming as predictable as a turn at the roulette table…All bets are off.



Safety Car probability – 71%*
Virtual Safety Car probability – 57%*
Pit stop time loss – 20 seconds



WEATHER FORECAST

There's a chance of rain during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. Those expecting a hot and sunny weekend in Monte Carlo might be disappointed as it's expected to be cloudy. There might also be some extra jeopardy during one of the most important qualifying sessions of the season.

What is the weather forecast for the Monaco Grand Prix?

According to weather.com, teams can expect some mixed conditions in Monaco. It has often been sunny and warm, but teams might need to watch the weather radar more than normal this year. The temperature is not forecast to move above 22c all weekend.

Thunderstorms are forecast for Thursday, but Monaco has long stopped practice sessions on Thursday, and they now follow the traditional Friday, Saturday and Sunday format.

Friday is expected to be partly cloudy, with some sunshine. There is a 24% chance of rain during the day.

On Saturday, it becomes interesting. The forecast currently states a 40% chance of rain across the day, but the weather website warns of "afternoon showers". This could add jeopardy in qualifying.

Sunday is predicted to be the best day of the whole weekend. It is predicted to be 22c and mostly sunny. There is just an 8% chance of rain throughout the day. The wind speed and direction are expected to remain consistent throughout the weekend. This is around 8mph in a south-easterly direction.


HISTORY

Covering an area of 1.95 square kilometres, Monaco is the smallest independent state in the world after Vatican City. It comprises the districts of Monte Carlo, La Condamine, Fontvieille, Le Larvotto, Les Moneghetti and Monaco Ville. This gambler's paradise and tax haven has a population of 32,400, of whom just 5,070 are true Monegasques. With around 17,000 people per square kilometre, Monaco is the most densely populated state in the world.

The idea for a Formula One race around the streets of Monaco came from Anthony Noghes, the president of the Monegasque car club and close friend of the ruling Grimaldi family.Always held on the weekend following Ascension Day, the Monaco Grand Prix remains the most famous race on the F1 calendar.

Only since 2004 have there been garages for the cars along the pit lane in Monaco. Prior to that, teams had to push the cars back and forth between makeshift garages in the paddock or an underground garage for each practice and qualifying session and the race.

The Monaco circuit is the shortest GP course in the calendar at 3.340 kilometres. Nowhere else does a race cover more laps (78). The race distance of 260.520 kilometres is the shortest of the season.

Prior to Charles Leclerc only one grand prix racer was born in the Principality and he is better remembered for his flamboyant chequered flag waving antics at the end of the grand prix than for his performance at the wheel.

Louis Chiron was in at the beginning of the F1 World Championship in 1950, (aged 50 then) retiring in the very first race at Silverstone and stepping up to the Royal Box after a dashing drive to third place in Round 2 in Monaco at the wheel of a Maserati. He won several pre-war grands prix, including Monaco where he took victory in the 1931 race driving a Bugatti. . After the war, Chiron was racing again, winning the French GP on two occasions prior to the WDC years. In 1954, at the wheel of a Lancia, he won the Monte Carlo Rally, becoming the only person in History to win both the Monte-Carlo Rally and the Monte-Carlo Monaco GP. Louis Chiron later became race director of the Monaco Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo Rally.

The race provided future five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio with his first win in a World Championship race, when he won the 1950 GP. He also became the first double winner when he won again in 1957

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Fangio 1950

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The 10 races between 1984 to 1993 were all won by only two drivers – Prost and Senna. Senna was arrested on the Monday following one race win, for riding a motorcycle without wearing a helmet.... he was released by Police after they realised who he was. I can say I have officially matched Ayrton on that having had the same treatment when I went to Monaco on my 750 back in the 70's. However I got the full treatment as I was also arrested for not wearing a top in public. (Illegal for males, but it seems not females) :haha:

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Alberto Ascari, Lancia D50 ahead of the Maserati 250F shared by Jean Behra and Cesare Perdisa. Monaco 1955

The annual dash through the Principality's tortuous streets is a unique test of man and machine performed in front of the glamorous backdrop of the Monaco harbour. Monaco is Formula One up close and personal. Nowhere else do spectators get quite so close to the action as in the streets of the Principality. And no other Grand Prix is as famous or as glamorous as this one. The yachts, the parties, the show business - nowhere are they such an integral part of the Formula One experience as here.

in fact there is only one a F1 team that was at the first GP (Alfa Romeo, ok they have just disappeared from F1) that is still around from that first race, which featured 25 starters from Maserati, Alfa Romeo, ERA, Talbot Lago, and Alta in the manufacturers list.

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The second race of the series was at Monaco, and saw those cars joined by Cooper, Simca Gordini, and 4 cars from a mob under the name of Ferrari.... a total of 26 cars. Only 19 started in a 3x2x3 grid formation! (Yes 3 wide on the front row, with two on the second 3 on the third....).

Havent we progressed since then...... :dunno:


Repeat winners (drivers)

Ayrton Senna won the race a record six times. 17 drivers have won the race more than once in the modern era.

Wins Driver Years won
6
Ayrton Senna 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
5
Graham Hill 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969
Michael Schumacher 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001
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Alain Prost 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988
3
Stirling Moss 1956, 1960, 1961
Jackie Stewart 1966, 1971, 1973
Nico Rosberg 2013, 2014, 2015
Lewis Hamilton 2008, 2016,2019
2
Juan Manuel Fangio 1950, 1957
Maurice Trintignant 1955, 1958
Niki Lauda 1975, 1976
Jody Scheckter 1977, 1979
David Coulthard 2000, 2002
Fernando Alonso 2006, 2007
Mark Webber 2010, 2012
Sebastian Vettel 2011, 2017
Max Verstappen 2021, 2023



A further 20 drivers have won Monaco once.

Current drivers who have won at Monaco
Lewis Fernando Max and Sergio
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Stirling Moss won in 1956, but in '57, he was involved in an accident at the chicane, and handed victory to Fangio. Moss was the main pace setter in this era, and his most memorable victory was in 1961 when he expertly held off both Ferraris. Forward to the modern era and it was the first race following Ayrton Senna's tragic death in 1994, and it saw Michael Schumacher dominate, as he did again in 1995. Olivier Panis scored a surprise win - the only win of his long career - for Prost in 1996, and Schumacher dominated once again in wet conditions in 1997.

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The McLaren of Mika Hakkinen took the honours in 1998, with Schumacher and the Ferrari returning to claim the Germans fourth win the following season. 2000 was David Coulthard's time to shine, the Scot winning ahead of Ferrari driver, Rubens Barrichello and Benetton's Giancarlo Fisichella. In 2001 Coulthard was sent to the back of the grid for stalling and spent most of the event stuck behind the Arrows of Enrique Bernoldi as Michael Schumacher romped home for another Monaco win. However, the Scot got his own back in 2002 with a well-deserved victory, his one and only win of the season.



Prince Rainier and other members of Monaco's ruling Grimaldi family have always watched "their" race and presented the prizes in the Royal Box opposite the pits. Until quite recently, this event always started later than other grands prix, so that the Royal lunch break would not be interrupted. The old three thirty start made one wonder if perhaps they were also doing the washing-up before the race could begin.



On the 14th of April 1929, the 1st Monaco Grand Prix started, with a lap of honour in a 'Torpedo Voisin' driven by Charles Faroux, course director. There were 16 cars on the starting grid, positions drawn by lots: 8 Bugattis, 3 Alfa Romeos, 2 Maseratis, 1 Licorne and 1 Mercedes SSK.



An Englishman by the name of Williams, (ironically a chauffeur by trade) who arrived too late to take part in the official trial sessions, got up at dawn on the Saturday and stunned all onlookers with an unofficial practice run. Williams went on to win the Grand Prix in a green 35B Bugatti in 3 hours, 56 minutes and 11 seconds, with an average speed over 100 laps of 80.194 km/h. The race was a phenomenal success. It was one of the first rounds included in the pre-War European Championship (a precursor to the current World Championship).

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On the 19th of April 1932, Sir Malcolm Campbell opened the 2nd Monaco Grand Prix at the wheel of a superb black aluminium Rolls Royce Torpedo. Campbell had recently beaten the world land speed record at 408.621 km/h in his now famous Bluebird, so was a well known person in the area of Motor Sports.

From 1938 to 1947, the Grand Prix could not be held due to both financial difficulties and a shortage of competitors as well as a deteriorating international climate with WWII in full swing in 1939.


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Carnage at Tabac in 1950


Finally on the 16th of May 1948, the almost forgotten sound of racing engines was once more heard on the streets of the Principality. However on the 9th of May 1949, Prince Louis II died and the Grand Prix was not held that year.




On the 21st of May 1950 the Monte Carlo GP was incorporated as Round 2 of the new WDC championship (Silverstone was the first ever round).

Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1950 GP which in fact although the first Monaco of the modern era (1950. with the introduction of the WDC is regarded as the start of the mofern era) was the Monaco GP. The following year the race was once again cancelled due to budgetary concerns and because rules for newer faster cars had not yet been drafted. The 12th Grand Prix was held on request of HSH the Sovereign Prince. However, it was run with sports cars as the international regulations had still not yet been finalized. In 1953 and 1954 the Grand Prix were not held for the same reason.

Fangio on his way to victory in 1950.
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On the 21st May 1955, the 13th Monaco Grand Prix took place on the same old course and has been held every year since.(Other than the Covid cancelled 2020 race)

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Ascari a split second before his swim

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One shaken and plenty stirred Lancia D50 being recovered from the depths after the race

Hawkins went into the harbour in 1965

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To show humour was part of F1 here is how the Aussie Hawkins car was decorated at the following race in Germany

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Another pic I like from the fifties.....
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Alberto Ascari, Lancia D50 ahead of the Maserati 250F shared by Jean Behra and Cesare Perdisa. Monaco 1955

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Since then the course has undergone numerous minor transformations,
most in fact done for the reason of maximising pit space. In the 1950's cars when not racing were located at various car parks around the town, proximity to the race course by championship position, the best teams getting the best or closest spots. I have many pictiures of the cars being wheeled through the streets on their way to the pit area for scrutineering or in preparation to use the track.The biggest change to date was in 1973, when the new 'Swimming Pool section was built detouring the cars a little to allow for the pits that allowed most of the cars to be kept near the pits when not racing.

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* 1973, the swimming pool section, providing an area for pits on the quay,

* 1976, two new chicanes were added at Sainte Dévote and the exit of the Rascasse hairpin,

* 1986, the widening of the Quai des Etats-Unis with the addition of a new chicane,

* 1997, the original S-bend around the swimming pool was redesigned and called the "Louis Chiron" bend,

* 2003, the first phase of works only affected the southern side of the port. 5000 square metres of land were reclaimed from the sea. The circuit between the 2nd S-bend of the swimming pool and the Rascasse was moved 10 metres and completely redesigned.

A chicane was added to the exit from the second swimming-pool bend,

* 2004, works doubled the width of the promenade where the pits on the boulevard Albert 1er are located, by building over the old track between the swimming pool and the Rascasse.

250 square metres of new pits provided for the teams.


Here are simple images of the circuit layout changes.
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@Star apologies to post this one of your beloved hanging from a crane, but it just kept saying pick me pick me when looking through my pic files.

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I have separated the following pics from the above, as to me this shows the original spirit of Monaco[/b], here showing Bandini having to push his Ferrari to the track, and Hill sit in traffic, mixing it in with non race traffic, in the days when the cars were all housed in a paddock seperate from the track and had to make their way to the track every session..

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"Monaco - The Race of Kings"
The Monaco Grand Prix (French: Grand Prix de Monaco) is a Formula One race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world, alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (informally known as the Triple Crown of Motorsport). The circuit has been called "an exceptional location of glamour and prestige."

This video tells the story of the Monaco Grand Prix

Just over 45 mins in total

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I forgive you for the crane picture, it's not a biggy ;) I like the swimming kangaroo one as well.

I did like the 'winning malarky' comment about Lando Norris, that made me chuckle.

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White six wrote: 2 weeks ago All this Senna licking is just getting annoying now. Yeah we know you like senna, but everyone has to outsenna each other.

And if you're gonna do a livery at least make it look like senna's helmet lol
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OK I pretty much missed P1, but it does seem to have been quite quick in terms of times. As far as the GTP game selections the very quickest times set seem to be the ones likely on the money unless Mother Nature intervenes. I looked up a weather forecast that said it was going to at best be damp so made my guess slower than I originally posted. Only after the deadline had passed did I realise that most of the forecasts seem less confident of any rain affecting times. :tearful: In dry conditions of P1 they lapped well over a second faster that the 1:13.2 of P1 last year,
In fact they were so much quicker Lewis Hamilton, in setting the P1 benchmark today with a 1:12.169, was faster that the fastest Q1 time set last year, indeed faster even than all bar the top 3 in Q2, and within 0.8 of Max's pole time.

So what happened other than thy went pretty quick on P1..... well, lets just say that Buemi might be busy tonight on the Red Bull simulalator back in Milton Keynes tonight. Max's car looked on a knife edge and clearly doesnt suit in its current set up the Monaco track.

On the other hand, both Mercedes McLaren, and Ferrari all looked far quicker that Max, and the times posted reflect that. Max from what I saw looked closer to an accident than a decent time.

FP1: Hamilton leads Piastri Russell and Norris.... Max, fastest Red Bull misses the top 10

That headline is very unexpected. Indeed on top of both Mercedes, both McLarens and both Ferraris, even both Astons and both VCARBS, even Stroll and Riciardo, were. all faster than Max and Sergio. Even Max, down in P11 was 0.8 shy of Lewis in P1!


It seems the only team in more toruble than the Red Bulls seemed to be Alpine, with Ocons car bouncing a lot and Gasly in the garage for most of the hour with power unit issues.

Also in trouble was Zhou who clouted the wall at St Devote with 15 minutes to go, interfering with a few soft tyre runs.

Indeed the one excuse that Red Bull might have is that neither of them even put on a set of soft tyres.... Max ran only of mediums and Sergio a just mediums and the hards. He also suffered a puncture. They seemed to be working on set-up and longer runs, somewhat odd on a track so dependant on how you end up. over one lap in qualifying. Maybe come P2 they will give the softs a run and set some blistering times. Max was certainly it seems vocal about his car in terms of feedback to the pit wall.

We are as I write this an hour away from P2 starting.... will Red Bulls pace be transformed when they try some soft rubber, were they sandbagging a bit and running the engines turned right down? Certainly they seemed to be running heavier fuel looking at some of the run lengths.

It was only P1 and it would take a braver man than I to write both Red Bulls off for the weekend based on the first hour. Until P2 and we see something different from Red Bull, both Lance Stroll and DannyRic can both brag of being quicker round Monaco than Mighty Max.

Anyway here are the P1 times for whatever they might prove..

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:12.169 35
2 81 Oscar Piastri MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:12.198 +0.029s 31
3 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:12.295 +0.126s 35
4 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:12.396 +0.227s 33
5 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:12.397 +0.228s 33
6 14 Fernando Alonso ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:12.775 +0.606s 26
7 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:12.789 +0.620s 26
8 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB HONDA RBPT 1:12.875 +0.706s 34
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo RB HONDA RBPT 1:12.901 +0.732s 36
10 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:12.954 +0.785s 35
11 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:12.984 +0.815s 29
12 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:13.229 +1.060s 29
13 77 Valtteri Bottas KICK SAUBER FERRARI 1:13.248 +1.079s 28
14 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:13.390 +1.221s 33
15 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:13.425 +1.256s 34
16 27 Nico Hulkenberg HAAS FERRARI 1:13.576 +1.407s 34
17 2 Logan Sargeant WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:14.150 +1.981s 36
18 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:14.159 +1.990s 33
19 24 Zhou Guanyu KICK SAUBER FERRARI 1:14.570 +2.401s 30
20 10 Pierre Gasly ALPINE RENAULT 1:15.574 +3.405s 10

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Q2 is underway and this seems to be looking at. being a key session for in particular for Red Bull as per my post re P1.

Certainly the session started with plenty of cars hitting the track.

Max went fastest not long after the session started but it was on hard rubber.... Charles quickly went quicker on mediums by over 0.88 seconds.

Less than 10 minutes in and everyone has posted time laps. Busy session ahead it seems.

Just as I went to click submit a comment on the radiofrom Max who is not happy, complaining the car was jumping around like a kangaroo and giving him a headache. He is well off the pace... 1.150 off Leclerc leading the way.

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Leclerc is flying..... he has posted a 1:11.572 already, just under a second faster than Lewis who is 2nd fastest.

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Ten minutes to go and Leclerc has lowered his time again now down to a mighty imprssive 1:11.278! Lewis 2nd less than 0.2 shy ,with Alonso 3rd ).475 off the lead. He was running softs for that but none the less already well undrr the lap times of last year.

A number of cars clipping walls, and now the soft tyre runs seem to be over with teams again doing long runs.

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Everso Biggyballies wrote: 2 weeks ago
Indeed the one excuse that Red Bull might have is that neither of them even put on a set of soft tyres.... Max ran only of mediums and Sergio a just mediums and the hards. He also suffered a puncture. They seemed to be working on set-up and longer runs, somewhat odd on a track so dependant on how you end up. over one lap in qualifying. Maybe come P2 they will give the softs a run and set some blistering times. Max was certainly it seems vocal about his car in terms of feedback to the pit wall.

We are as I write this an hour away from P2 starting.... will Red Bulls pace be transformed when they try some soft rubber, were they sandbagging a bit and running the engines turned right down? Certainly they seemed to be running heavier fuel looking at some of the run lengths.

It was only P1 and it would take a braver man than I to write both Red Bulls off for the weekend based on the first hour. Until P2 and we see something different from Red Bull, both Lance Stroll and DannyRic can both brag of being quicker round Monaco than Mighty Max.
More sand than the Bahrain round. Red Bull will improve greatly come Qualification day.
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Leclerc sets the pace during FP2 from Hamilton and Alonso


POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:11.278 37
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:11.466 +0.188s 32
3 14 Fernando Alonso ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:11.753 +0.475s 37
4 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:11.813 +0.535s 37
5 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:11.953 +0.675s 35
6 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:11.962 +0.684s 36
7 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:12.062 +0.784s 22
8 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:12.099 +0.821s 31
9 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:12.257 +0.979s 38
10 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:12.260 +0.982s 30
11 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB HONDA RBPT 1:12.349 +1.071s 36
12 81 Oscar Piastri MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:12.366 +1.088s 35
13 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:12.473 +1.195s 31
14 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:12.554 +1.276s 34
15 27 Nico Hulkenberg HAAS FERRARI 1:12.569 +1.291s 34
16 3 Daniel Ricciardo RB HONDA RBPT 1:12.577 +1.299s 37
17 10 Pierre Gasly ALPINE RENAULT 1:12.750 +1.472s 35
18 2 Logan Sargeant WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:12.790 +1.512s 36
19 77 Valtteri Bottas KICK SAUBER FERRARI 1:13.057 +1.779s 31
20 24 Zhou Guanyu KICK SAUBER FERRARI 1:13.773 +2.495s 32

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Senna4ever wrote: 2 weeks ago Go Leclerc you're the best!! :D
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White six wrote: 2 weeks ago
Senna4ever wrote: 2 weeks ago Go Leclerc you're the best!! :D
Don't read post 3
I already red it
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Unfortunately I missed watching P3, but have just watched much of it on catchup after. It seems Leclerc still has the pace over one lap, and he again dominated the timesheets and ended with a healthy advantage, setting a 1:11.369, this time over a still nervous looking RedBull, with Max looking to be wringing the RBs neck and driving as close to the limit as he dares. A couple of tenths shy of Charles, with Lewis a further tenth and a half behind. That time of Leclerc is 1.5 secs quicker than Max set in FP3 last year by the way.

So Leclerc has to be favourite to take pole here, but the data shows that on the longer runs the Ferrari is pretty average on race pace where the data again sees the others top teams seem stronger. Of course here with track position so critical you would. rather have the one lap advantage for qualy, but when you have the liokes of Max and Lewis in close attendance and you have a race pace disadvantage, and ofcourse McLaren are still looking good and on par with the best of the rest..

We did have a red flag 15 minutes into the session when Bottas tapped the wall exiting Piscine, sustained front-right suspension damage and was bocking the track. It didnt take long to swep up but it put him out for the rest of the session.

Traffic and getting a clean lap upset a few, but we ended up with 4 different teams in the first four places with Piastri the first McLaren on the timesheet. Indeed a late lap from Sergio made Red Bull the first team to have their 2nd driver mentioned. Russell was 6th.mCarlos Sainz was seventh, well shy of team mate Leclerc, with Lando Norris only eighth in the second of the McLarens.

Yuki Tsunoda continues to fly and kept VCARB inside the top 10 with a strong run to ninth, followed by Fernando Alonso, Pierre Gasly’s Alpine, Alex Albon’s Williams and the Haas cars of Hulk and KMag.

Stroll, Ocon, Sargeant and Danny Ric followed , as Sauber brought up the rear, Zhou 19th and Bottas 20th, without a time, after his crash.

So it will be a busy time in the garages with all the data gone over, and any final tweaks in the search for something to get close to Leclerc.

No sign of this threatened rain unfortunately for my GTP guess. Quite looking forward to qualifying and especially so given the potential upheaval.

Leclerc aside the pack are pretty close.... from 4th to 10th split by less than 2 tenths.... the top 15 are within a second of Leclerc.
The battle for Q2 and Q3 will be fascinating. Especially given the high risk of a red or certainly a yellow flag to upset quick laps for some.

Will Max pull something out of the bag and grab that all important 9th consecutive pole, and with that take the record of 8 he shares with Senna, for himself, or will Leclerc spoil Max's party.

Anyway the times and gaps from P3.


POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:11.369 26
2 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:11.566 +0.197s 27
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:11.710 +0.341s 25
4 81 Oscar Piastri MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:11.901 +0.532s 25
5 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:11.923 +0.554s 24
6 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:11.968 +0.599s 33
7 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:11.979 +0.610s 26
8 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:11.988 +0.619s 24
9 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB HONDA RBPT 1:11.991 +0.622s 27
10 14 Fernando Alonso ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:12.087 +0.718s 25
11 10 Pierre Gasly ALPINE RENAULT 1:12.144 +0.775s 26
12 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:12.180 +0.811s 24
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg HAAS FERRARI 1:12.192 +0.823s 24
14 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:12.216 +0.847s 31
15 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:12.331 +0.962s 25
16 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:12.472 +1.103s 25
17 2 Logan Sargeant WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:12.703 +1.334s 21
18 3 Daniel Ricciardo RB HONDA RBPT 1:12.829 +1.460s 28
19 24 Zhou Guanyu KICK SAUBER FERRARI 1:13.830 +2.461s 28
20 77 Valtteri Bottas KICK SAUBER FERRARI

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OK Qualy is about to start. Looks like no chance of rain. :tearful:

:fingers: :fingers: for a red flag free qualy but I fear with it being so close we will see some dramas and that might be wishful thinking.

In fact Q1 is underway.

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