For weeks, bleachers, grandstands and safety equipment have lined the route of the mythical Monaco Grand Prix. The Principality is preparing to welcome the queens of asphalt, the Formula 1 single-seaters, from this Friday 27 May.
It is a sign that does not deceive. The bay of Monaco is full of yachts, many onlookers, and the stands await a crowd of enthusiasts for this 79th edition of the Monegasque Grand Prix.
At 8 a.m. this Thursday, May 26, the circuit that runs through the streets usually reserved for traffic was closed to the public for the day to make way for the first practice and qualifying sessions in Formula Regional, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and Formula 2.
Waiting for the arrival of Formula 1, this Friday, for free practiceand the flagship motorsports category.
This May 27the day should go as follows in preparation for the 7th round of the Formula 1 world championship which is being held in Monaco, out of 22 possible Grand Prix this year (the Russian GP having been cancelled):
- from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: free practice 1
- from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: free practice 2
Saturday May 28it’s the start of qualifying for Formula 1:
- 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: free practice 3
- 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: qualifying practice (Q1, Q2 and Q3)
Sunday May 29it will be the big day with first the pilots’ parade, scheduled for 1:10 p.m..
This presentation will be followed by set up on the starting grid, at 2:30 p.m..
The Monegasque anthem should then sound at 2:44 p.m., before the start of the 78 laps on the circuit, at 3 p.m.. The race will last a maximum of 120 minutes.
Access, by car, to the surroundings of the port during this great mass of sport is simply impossible.. The circuit marked by its 19 bends and its 3,340 kilometers occupies a large part of the east of Monaco.
It is strongly advised to book a parking space upstream if you decide to access the Principality by road. It is above all by public transport, and in particular by the train station, that regulars of the Grand Prix who live outside the Principality should favour.
The exits from the station will take you directly, via the southern exits, to theChurch of Sainte-Dévote, on the edge of the track.
The access constraints for this event were set by ministerial decree on April 19th.
The text, however, provides that the « drinking establishments as well as the catering and leisure establishments of the South Darse of Port Hercule, remain accessible to the public by passages arranged through the various installations necessary for the conduct of these sporting events..
And warn that « Any violation of this decree will be observed and prosecuted in accordance with the law ».
As for a possible access to the stands for Formula 1 sessions (whether for practice, qualifying or the race), no need to have any illusions, everything is complete.
The official online sales site no longer has a single place available. Even the most expensive tickets – for grandstand B, Sunday for example – which were exchanged for 715 euros, are simply no longer accessible.
Only a few places at 35 euros were still available at the start of the week, only for this Thursday, May 26, so without any Formula 1 to observe.
At the Monaco Grand-Prix all eyes will be on Charles Leclerc, the Monegasque driver. Last week was marked by his retirement in Barcelona, then driving his Ferrari. This had allowed Max Verstappen, the Dutchman, to take the lead in the overall drivers’ classification (395.5 points). Just a few points ahead of Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (387.5 points).
On the Rock, Leclerc is at home, all Monegasques support their champion.
The current 7th in the drivers’ classification does not hesitate to comply with requests for his fans.
Charles Leclerc was born in Monaco on October 16, 1997 but has never won a prize in the Principality.
During the historic race on this same circuit, in mid-May, aboard Niki Lauda’s old Ferrari from 1974he had experienced a brake failure.
From there to say that he is cursed… Indeed in three Grands Prix contested since his arrival in Formula 1 in 2018, the driver has never managed to win. Each time the races ended in retirement.
In 2018, it’s the brakes that release him at the exit of a tunnel, the following year, freshly arrived at Ferrari, he forfeited on the 16th lap. Then the height of the scoumoune, in 2020, the Grand Prix is canceled due to the Covid.
In 2019, it’s an impressive accident that cancels any chance to win the race.
Charles Leclerc has been with Ferrari since 2019 and we suspect it, he would like to win his first world championship. In an interview he gave to the team, Charles reiterates how much Ferrari remains a dream.
He explains : « In Monaco, I will leave at 110% and we will advise according to the circumstances »evoking his future.
Reputed as the slowest and toughest in the Formula 1 championshipthe slightest error, given the architecture of the layout, can prove fatal.
Historically, the first race was won by William Grover-Williams, it was in 1929 at the wheel of a Bugatti 35B. Then followed big names like Schumacher, Senna, Prost, Fangio, Graham Hill.
The Brazilian Ayrton Senna, who died during a race at Monza, is the one who won the most on this circuit with 6 victories.
On the French side, it’s been more than 25 years since a French driver took first place on the podium. He was then the fifth winner to win the Grail, 8 years after another legendary figure, Alain Prost.
In 1996, Panis drove a Ligier. An edition engraved in the memory of many because it had to deal with the rain. However, taking advantage of a lull and a slightly drier track, the Ligier driver managed to win against Damon Hill, Jean Alesi and Irvine. Hat.
A race that throughout the ages has made entire generations dream. It’s 1929, April 14 at 1:30 p.m.under the Honorary Presidency of HSH Prince Louis II, that the Monaco Grand Prix was born.
At the time, only 16 competitors set off for a race of 100 laps of the circuit. That year, the hourly average speed was 80.194 km/h.
Since then things have changed a lot and the initial layout has obviously evolved.. There were added « a few » difficulties, namely: Sainte-Dévote bend, around the restaurant « La Rascasse »), the circuit measures 3,367 km.
Due to its length, the Grand Prix is now limited to 78 laps. Which is not that bad ! This year it will be 200 cars that will start, spread over 8 series.