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Circuit de Monaco

Name: Circuit de Monaco
Country: Monaco
First GP: 1950
GP Organized: 54
Viewers: 120.000
Info / Press:
Circuit de Monaco
c/o AC de Monaco
23 Albert 1er
98000 Monaco
Phone: (+377) 931 52600
Fax: (+377) 932 52620
Length: 3.340 km
Curves: 16
Speed: 305 Km/h
Pole: 1:13.644 (K.Raikkonen 2005)
Lap record: 1:14.439 (M.Schumacher 2004)

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Circuit de Monaco is a street circuit laid out on the city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine around the harbour of the principality of Monaco. It is commonly referred to as "Monte Carlo" because it is largely inside the Monte Carlo neighbourhood of Monaco.
The circuit is used on one weekend in the month of May of each year to host the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix. Formula One's respective feeder series over the years - F2, Formula 3000 and today GP2 - also visit the circuit concurrently with Formula One.

The idea for a Grand Prix race around the streets of Monaco came from Anthony Noghès, the president of the Monegasque car club and close friend of the ruling Grimaldi family. The inaugural race was held in 1929 and was won by William Grover-Williams in a Bugatti.

The building of the circuit takes six weeks, and the dismantling after the race another three weeks. The race circuit has many elevation shifts, tight corners, and is narrow. These features make it perhaps the most demanding track in Formula One racing. Although the course has changed many times during its history, it is still considered the ultimate test of driving skills in Formula One. It contains both the slowest corner in Formula One (the Fairmont hairpin, taken at just 46 km/h (29 mph)) and one of the quickest (the flat out kink in the tunnel, three turns beyond the hairpin, taken at 260 km/h (160 mph)).

Due to the tight and twisty nature of the circuit, it favours the skill of the drivers over the power of the cars. However, there is very little overtaking as the course is so narrow and dangerous. Nelson Piquet likened racing round the course to "riding a bicycle round your living room".[1] Prior to 1987, the number of cars starting the race was limited to 20, compared to 26 at other circuits. The famous tunnel section (running under the Fairmont Hotel, marked in grey in the circuit diagram above) is said to be difficult for drivers to cope with due to the quick switch from light to dark, then back to light again, at one of the fastest points of the course. As a result, race outcomes tend to be decided by grid positions as well as pit strategies, and is extremely hard on gearboxes and brakes.

Several attempts have been made to improve cramped conditions in the pit garages. In 2002, a substantial amount of land was reclaimed from the harbour to slightly change the shape of one section of the circuit; this left more space for new pit garages, which debuted in the 2004 event.
The circuit is generally recognised to be less safe than other circuits used for Formula One. Driver and former winner Michael Schumacher stated before the 2012 Grand Prix that the additional risk is "justifiable once a year".[2] If it were not already an existing Grand Prix, it would not be permitted to be added to the Formula One schedule, for safety reasons.

In January 2009, the circuit was voted top of the "Seven Sporting Wonders of the World" in a poll of 3,500 British sports fans.


History: Circuit de Monaco
24-05-2015Nico RosbergMercedes1:49:18.420
25-05-2014Nico RosbergMercedes1:49:27.661
26-05-2013Nico RosbergMercedes2:17:52.056
27-05-2012Mark WebberRed Bull1:46:06.557
29-05-2011Sebastian VettelRed Bull2:09:38.373
16-05-2010Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1:50.13.355
24-05-2009Jenson ButtonBrawn GP1:40:44.282
25-05-2008Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes2:00:42.742
27-05-2007Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Mercedes1:40:29.329
28-05-2006Fernando AlonsoRenault1:43:43.116
22-05-2005Kimi RaikkonenMcLaren-Mercedes1:45:15.556
23-05-2004Jarno TrulliRenault1:45:46.601
01-06-2003Juan Pablo MontoyaWilliams-BMW1:42:19.010
26-05-2002David CoulthardMcLaren-Mercedes1:45'39.055
27-05-2001Michael SchumacherFerrari1:47'22.561
04-06-2000David CoulthardMcLaren-Mercedes1:49'28.213
16-05-1999Michael SchumacherFerrari1:49'31.812
24-05-1998Mika HakkinenMcLaren-Mercedes1:51'23.595
11-05-1997Michael SchumacherFerrari2:00'05.654
19-05-1996Olivier PanisLigier-Mugen-Honda2:00'45.629
28-05-1995Michael SchumacherBenetton-Renault1:53'11.258
15-05-1994Michael SchumacherBenetton-Ford1:49'55.372
23-05-1993Ayrton SennaMcLaren-Ford1:52'10.947
31-05-1992Ayrton SennaMcLaren-Honda1:50'59.372
12-05-1991Ayrton SennaMcLaren-Honda1:53'02.334
27-05-1990Ayrton SennaMcLaren-Honda1:52'46.982
07-05-1989Ayrton SennaMcLaren-Honda1:53'33.251
15-05-1988Alain ProstMcLaren-Honda1:57'17.077
31-05-1987Ayrton SennaLotus-Honda 1:57'54.085
11-05-1986Alain ProstMcLaren-TAG1:55'41.060
19-05-1985Alain ProstMcLaren-TAG1:51'58.034
03-06-1984Alain ProstMcLaren-TAG1:01'07.740
15-05-1983Keke RosbergWilliams-Ford1:56'38.121
23-05-1982Riccardo PatreseBrabham-Ford1:54'11.259
31-05-1981Gilles VilleneuveFerrari1:54'23.38
18-05-1980Carlos ReutemannWilliams-Ford1:55'34.365
27-05-1979Jody ScheckterFerrari1:55'22.48
07-05-1978Patrick DepaillerTyrrell-Ford1:55'14.66
22-05-1977Jody ScheckterWolf-Ford1:57'52.77
30-05-1976Niki LaudaFerrari1:59'51.47
11-05-1975Niki LaudaFerrari2:01'21.31
26-05-1974Ronnie PetersonLotus-Ford1:58'03.7
03-06-1973Jackie StewartTyrrell-Ford1:57'44.3
14-05-1972Jean Pierre BeltoiseBRM2:26'54.7
23-05-1971Jackie StewartTyrrell-Ford1:52'21.3
10-05-1970Jochen RindtLotus-Ford1:54'36.6
18-05-1969Graham HillLotus-Ford1:56'59.4
26-05-1968Graham HillLotus-Ford2:00'32.3
07-05-1967Denny HulmeBrabham-Repco2:34'34.3
22-05-1966Jackie StewartBRM2:33'10.5
30-05-1965Graham HillBRM2:37'39.6
10-05-1964Graham HillBRM2:41'19.5
26-05-1963Graham HillBRM2:41'49.7
03-06-1962Bruce McLarenCooper-Climax 2:46'29.7
14-05-1961Stirling MossLotus-Climax2:45'50.1
29-05-1960Stirling MossLotus-Climax2:53'45.5
10-05-1959Jack BrabhamCooper-Climax 2:55'51.3
18-05-1958Maurice TrintignantCooper-Climax 2:52'27.9
19-05-1957Juan Manuel FangioMaserati 3:10'12.8
13-05-1956Stirling MossMaserati 3:00'32.9
22-05-1955Maurice TrintignantFerrari2:58'09.8
21-05-1950Juan Manuel FangioAlfa Romeo3:13'16.7

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