After an unscheduled and upsetting delay, Formula 1 will soon be back in action as the Monaco Grand Prix approaches.
The original plan would have seen Formula 1 make the dash from Imola to Monaco for part two of a triple-header, though extreme flooding and landslides in the Emilia-Romagna region meant no racing action could take place at Imola circuit.
Formula 1 instead did the right thing and allowed relief efforts to take place with no distractions, the series and multiple teams/drivers playing huge parts in helping those in need, but now the focus will move to resuming competition on the track.
And this will happen at the location which is considered the jewel in the crown of the Formula 1 calendar, Monaco.
Red Bull have been unstoppable so far in F1 2023, claiming all five race wins, four of those one-two finishes, though the streets of Monte Carlo are a truly unique test of bravery and precision for the drivers.
In theory, this is the best chance that any non-Red Bull driver will have so far in 2023 to end their all-conquering ways, so who will step up? Is win number 33 finally coming for Fernando Alonso, a decade after his most recent victory? He is Red Bull’s closest challenger right now after all.
So, here are all the details you need ahead of the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix…
Monaco Grand Prix: What are the start times for each session this weekend?
Friday, May 26
Free Practice 1: 1330-1430 local [1230-1330 UK]
Free Practice 2: 1700-1800 local [1600-1700 UK]
Saturday, May 27
Free Practice 3: 1230-1330 local [1130-1230 UK]
Qualifying: 1600 local [1500 UK]
Sunday, May 28
Race: 1500 local [1400 UK]
Where does the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix take place?
Arguably the most iconic stop on the Formula 1 calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix around the streets of Monte Carlo has been a staple of the Formula 1 schedule since 1955, in that time missing a season only once in 2020 due to the global outbreak of COVID-19.
Featuring 19 turns, this street circuit is 2.074 miles of pure adrenaline as drivers must thread their cars with precision through the tight bends. Over the years we have seen many occasions where if judgement is out by just a tiny fraction, the end result will commonly be session-ending damage.
Alongside the Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix forms what is known as the ‘Triple Crown’ of motorsport, an achievement two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso has been chasing for years – and fellow two-time champion Graham Hill is the only driver to have actually completed it.
It’s a good job that this event survives through the sheer spectacle of it, because when it comes to racing, overtaking is rarely seen. When an overtake is launched, it commonly involves the banging of wheels.
For several drivers, Monte Carlo is also a race around the area they call home.
How can I live stream the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix?
Formula 1 is available to watch via different TV broadcasters depending on which country you reside in, and the Monaco Grand Prix is available to watch live on the following channels in these major markets in 2023:
Australia: Fox Sports
Austria: Sky Sport F1, ORF, Servus TV [live races split between them]
Brazil: TV Bandeirantes, BandSports
Canada: RDS, TSN
China: Great Sport (RTS) [Shanghai only], CCTV, Guangdong Sports [broadcast in Guangdong only]
France: Canal+, C8
Germany: Sky Sport F1
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Japan: Fuji TV Next
Netherlands: Viaplay Xtra [free-to-air highlights on NOS]
Spain: DAZN F1
United Kingdom and Ireland: Sky Sports F1 [free-to-air highlights on Channel 4]
United States: ESPN, Spanish language broadcast available on ESPN Deportes, ABC
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What is the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix forecast?
While Formula 1 never did go racing in the wet at Imola, information from BBC Weather suggests that the drivers could well get the chance in Monaco.
FP1 on Friday will most likely be dry, with the threat of rain around 15 percent, though by the time of the FP2 session from 1700 local time, the risk of a light rain shower has doubled to 30%. The breeze will remain light throughout.
On Saturday then the rain risk remains at a similar level, with thunderstorms forecast to be lurking in the area which could well make for a spicy qualifying. The risk of catching one is 25% during FP3, reducing to 20% by the time of qualifying.
And on Sunday thundery downpours are again a potential factor, though less likely than on the preceding days, with a 10% risk at the time of lights out dropping to virtually zero come the approach to the chequered flag.
What are the tyre compounds for the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix?
Pirelli has armed the drivers with the softest rubber in their range for the Monaco Grand Prix.
That means that the C3 will be the hard tyre, the C4 will be the medium and the C5 shall serve as the soft.
“As usual, the softest compounds in the range have been selected for Monaco,” said Pirelli of their decision.
“The tyres are not subjected to a lot of stress at the famous Monte Carlo street circuit as the lap is slower than at any other track and the asphalt is not particularly abrasive.
“On the contrary, the roads are opened to public traffic each evening, which means that the track does not rubber in as usual. As a result, the drivers have to rely heavily on aerodynamic grip, running the highest downforce levels seen all year.”
Which drivers have won the Monaco Grand Prix?
The Monaco Grand Prix, which has run since 1929, has become the jewel in the crown of achievement for Formula 1 drivers.
The late, great Ayrton Senna was the master around this tight street circuit, claiming an incredible six victories. Britain’s Graham Hill meanwhile won the race five times in the 1960s en route to becoming known as ‘Mr Monaco’.
McLaren are the most successful constructor around the streets of Monte Carlo with an astonishing 15 successes, Ferrari being their closest rivals with 10 to their name.
And there will be two repeat Monaco GP winners returning to this hallowed ground in 2023, they being Lewis Hamilton with three wins, plus Fernando Alonso who is a two-time Monaco victor, looking to tie Hamilton’s tally come Sunday.
The 10 most recent Monaco Grand Prix winners are:
2022 – Sergio Perez, Red Bull
2021 – Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2019 – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
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