The Monaco Grand Prix epitomises Formula One racing: heritage, glamour, passion and speed. Alongside the Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours, it forms the ‘Triple Crown’ of motorsport.
One of just seven venues to host a round of the inaugural Formula One World Championship in 1950, Monte Carlo has been a permanent fixture on the calendar since 1955. In that time the circuit has changed remarkably little. In 2003 a new, gentler entry to the Rascasse corner was formed. Further changes came in 2004 including a new pit complex and increased spectator capacity.
A combination of precision driving, technical excellence and sheer bravery is required to win in Monte Carlo, with some great names having ended their races in the Monaco walls. The Armco barrier-lined circuit leaves no margin for error. Monaco demands more concentration than any other Formula One track.
The Fairmont hairpin is the slowest corner on the Formula One calendar, taken at just 48km/h (30 mph). The low speed corners on the track, in addition to the increased likelihood of a safety car interruption means Monaco is the only Grand Prix which does not run to the standard F1 race distance of 305km.
In 2012, Michael Schumacher famously produced a sensational lap around the streets to top the qualifying timesheets in his W03.
Our most recent success in the Principality came in 2019, when Lewis Hamilton claimed an emotionally-charged victory just days after the passing of our friend and non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.