Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race on the Circuit de Monaco — public roads turned into a race track. It is one of the premier events in French Riviera. Run since 1929, it is one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world. And with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport. The circuit has been called “an exceptional location of glamour and prestige”.

The race takes place on a narrow course laid out in the city streets of Monaco, passing in front of the port and the Monte Carlo Casino. With many elevation changes and tight corners as well as a tunnel, it is one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One. In spite of the relatively low average speeds, it is a dangerous place to race and often involves the intervention of a safety car. Thus, it is the only Grand Prix that does not adhere to the FIA’s mandated 305-kilometer (190-mile) minimum race distance.

The event was part of the pre-Second World War European Championship. It was included in the first World Championship of Drivers in 1950. It was designated the European Grand Prix two times, 1955 and 1963, when this title was an honorary designation given each year to one Grand Prix race in Europe. Graham Hill was known as “Mr. Monaco” due to his five Monaco wins in the 1960s. Brazil’s Ayrton Senna won the race more times than any other driver, with six victories, winning five races consecutively between 1989 and 1993.

Videos of the Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix 2021 Program & Dates

THURSDAY MAY 20TH 2021
  • 6:00am – Closing the circuit
  • 10:00-11:30am – Formula 1, 1st free practice
  • 12:00-12:45am – Formula 2 FIA, free practice
  • 2:00-3:30pm – Formula 1, 2nd free practice
  • 4:15-4:55pm – Formula 2, FIA – Qualifying sessions
  • 5:30-6:15pm – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Free practice
  • 7:30pm – Opening of the circuit
FRIDAY MAY 21st 2021
  • 6:00am – Closing the circuit
  • 8:00-8:45am – Formula Renault, 2.0 Series – Qualifying sessions
  • 9:45-10:15am – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Qualifying sessions
  • 11:15-12:20am – Formula 2, FIA – 1st Race (42 laps or 60 mn max)
  • 12:50am-1:20pm – Renault Sport Celebration
  • 2:00pm – Opening of the circuit
SATURDAY MAY 22nd 2021
  • 7:00am – Closing the circuit
  • 9:00-10:20am – Formula Renault, 2.0 Series – Qualifying sessions
  • 12:00am-1:00pm – Formula 1, 3rd Free practice
  • 3:00-4:00pm – Formula 1, Qualifying sessions
  • 4:10-5:00pm – Formula 2, FIA – 2nd Race (30 laps or 45 min max)
  • 6:30pm – Opening of the circuit
SUNDAY MAY 23rd 2021
  • 7:00am – Closing the circuit
  • 9:45-10:20am – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Race (16 laps or 30 min max)
  • 11:10-11:40am – Formula Renault, 2.0 Series – Race (25 laps or 45 min max)
  • 12:30am – Formula 1, Drivers parade
  • 1:15pm – Lap of honor – LL.AA.SS The Prince and Princess of Monaco
  • 1:46pm – Presentation of F1 Drivers – Monégasque anthem
  • 3:10-5:10pm – Formula 1 Grand Prix (78 laps or 120 min max)
  • 9:00pm – Opening of the circuit

Event Details: Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix

Event Type: Car race (F1)

Frequency: Annual

Date: Thu, May 20 – Sun, May 23, 2021

Timing: 6am or 7am until the evening. See the schedule above.

Social Media: #grandprix #monacogp, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube

Website: Official Website

Location: The streets of Monaco, from the port in the Condamine to Monte Carlo and back.

How to Get to the Monaco Grand Prix

By Plane: Monaco is about 22 km from the Nice-Côte d’Azur airport. You’ll need an extra 40 minutes for the Uber/car ride. It is a 6-minute helicopter ride, and the helicopter company will drive you to your final destination within Monaco.

By Train: The Monaco train station is 15 minutes walk from Port Hercule. It is about 8 minutes when riding the bus. Ride from Paris on TGV takes 6 hours. It takes 5 hours from Milan.

By Car: Take A8 motorway to reach Monaco. It is about 8 km. Take Monaco-La Turbie exit from France. The Roquebrune exit is the best way from Italy.

View our Monaco transportation guide for more info.

For more events, check out our complete Monaco & the French Riviera events calendar.

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