F1’s 2019 title race may have disappointed us massively so far, but the lure of the Monaco Grand Prix remains strong and the sport’s glamour race is upon us once again. Four days in the spectacular backdrop of the principality are always something to look forward to, unless you are Ferrari of course.
For Red Bull meanwhile, Monaco always represents one of their best opportunities of the season. Daniel Ricciardo won last year after a devastating near miss in 2016, and Max Verstappen will be confident of a bold showing this time.
The colour, the buzz and the sheer spectacle Monaco offers is unmatched in motorsport, so whatever happens on the track, sit back and enjoy the ride…
What time does the Monaco Grand Prix start?
Remember that Monaco is the only race weekend on the F1 calendar which doesn’t start on a Friday. Practice beings on the Thursday, with the teams then taking Friday off before P3 and qualy on the Saturday.The start times for the Monaco Grand Prix are as follows:
Practice 1: Thursday May 23, 1100 local time (1000 BST)
Practice 2: Thursday May 23, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Practice 3: Saturday May 25, 1200 local time (1100 BST)
Qualifying: Saturday May 25, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Race: Sunday May 26, 1510 local time (1410 BST)
Where does the Monaco Grand Prix take place?
This is quite simply the most famous street race in the world.
The thriving heart of the city, regarded as the “millionaire’s playground”, is transformed every year for what is known as the jewel in Formula 1’s crown.
A tight armco-barriered circuit around the streets of Monte Carlo provides a magnificent spectacle. The cars charge past such landmarks as the Hotel de Paris, the Casino, and then through the tunnel and out around the harbour front.
The track is created overnight by a team of engineers who take over when the traffic stops. The circuit is interesting, tight and demanding, with little room for error, or overtaking, sadly.
The current layout, with Tabac slightly altered, has been used since 2015. Sunday’s race will be run over 78 laps of the 3.34km track.
Where can I watch the Monaco Grand Prix on TV?
Monaco Grand Prix weekend – including qualifying and the race proper – will be screened live in the UK by pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. Highlights will be aired by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data around each session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend along with all the latest news from the track.
The Monaco Grand Prix will be shown live on TV by the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN (English), Univision (Spanish)
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports
France: Canal +
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Spain: Movistar F1
What is the weather forecast for the Monaco Grand Prix?
Thursday May 23: 18C, partly cloudy.
Saturday May 25: 19C, cloudy.
Sunday May 26: 20C, mostly sunny.
What are the grid positions for the Monaco Grand Prix?
Lewis Hamilton spearheaded yet another Mercedes front-row lockout with a blistering display in qualifying on Saturday. Max Verstappen was best of the rest for Red Bull while Ferrari endured yet another disappointing afternoon – Sebastian Vettel missing out on a front-row opportunity and Charles Leclerc failing to make it out of Q1.
Provisional grid positions for Sunday’s race are as follows:
1. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2. Valtteri Bottas (Finland, Mercedes)
3. Max Verstappen (Belgium, Red Bull)
4. Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Ferrari)
5. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark, Haas)
6. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia, Renault)
7. Daniil Kvyat (Russia, Toro Rosso)
8. **Pierre Gasly (France, Red Bull)
9. Carlos Sainz (Spain, McLaren)
10. Alex Albon (Thailand, Toro Rosso)
11. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany, Renault)
12. Lando Norris (Great Britain, McLaren)
13. Romain Grosjean (France, Haas)
14. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland, Alfa Romeo)
15. Charles Leclerc (Monaco, Ferrari)
16. Sergio Perez (Mexico, Racing Point)
17. Lance Stroll (Canada, Racing Point)
18. *Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy, Alfa Romeo)
19. George Russell (Great Britain, Williams)
20. Robert Kubica (Poland, Williams)
* Giovinazzi penalised three places for impeding Hulkenberg in qualifying.
** Gasly penalised three places for impeding Grosjean in qualifying.
What are the odds for the Monaco Grand Prix?
Lewis Hamilton has a vice-like grip on the betting market for Sunday’s race after scorching to pole on Saturday, according to major UK bookmaker Bet365
The leading odds are as follows:
1/3 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
7/2 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
6/1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
14/1 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
100/1 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
100/1 Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)
(Prices correct at 1530 BST on Saturday May 25)
Which drivers have won the Monaco Grand Prix?
The Monaco Grand Prix, run since 1929, has become the jewel in the crown of achievement for F1 drivers. The late, great Ayrton Senna was an absolute master around the tight street circuit, notching up an incredible six victories in the race. Britain’s Graham Hill meanwhile won the race five times in the 1960s en route to becoming known as the King Of Monaco.
From a constructor perspective McLaren lead the way with an astonishing 15 successes.
2018 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
2017 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2016 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2014 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2013 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2012 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
2011 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2010 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
2009 Jenson Button (Brawn)
Track Lap Record: 1:14.260 by Max Verstappen (Red Bull, 2018)
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
The leaders in the race for the driver and constructor titles heading into the Monaco Grand Prix are as follows:
Lewis Hamilton – 112 points
Valtteri Bottas – 105 points
Max Verstappen – 66 points
Sebastian Vettel – 64 points
Charles Leclerc – 57 points
Mercedes – 217 points
Ferrari – 121 points
Red Bull – 87 points
Tyre compounds for the Monaco Grand Prix
Tyre manufacturer Pirelli introduced a new tyre naming system for the 2019 season – they now have five dry tyres named C1 to C5 as they get softer through the range.
In Monaco in 2019 the compounds in use will be C3 (white hard tyre), C4 (yellow medium tyre) and C5 (red soft tyre).
What is F1’s new rule on bonus points?
F1 have made the decision to award a bonus point in every race of the 2019 season if certain criteria are met.
The bonus point will be awarded to the driver who completes the fastest lap in the race, as long as that driver also finishes in the top 10. The driver’s team will also score a bonus point in the constructor standings in that case.
This means there are up to 21 extra points available for the 2019 championship.