Monte-Carlo, Monaco circuit information

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013The tiny Principality of Monaco, which covers a total area of little more than two square kilometres, put on its first grand prix in 1929, more than two decades before the world championship began.

A course through the streets of Monte-Carlo was devised by Anthony Noghes, the general commissioner of the Automobile Club of Monaco. Today’s circuit includes many of the same roads, although construction in the city and increasing safety requirements have led to some changes.

This includes the section passing along the harbour front, into which Alberto Ascari famously crashed his Lancia during the 1955 race.

In the seventies a swimming pool was built further along the harbour and the circuit acquired four additional corners to dodge around it. A fast chicane was built at the harbour, and this too was changed on safety grounds in 1986.

While the relocation and repositioning of some barriers has improved sight lines and increased run-off space at some corners, it remains a very challenging course where the slightest mistake can be punished with a trip to the barriers.

And as a venue for holding a race, the opulence and glamour of Monaco has few rivals.

Circuit information

Lap data
Lap length 3.34km (2.075 miles)
Race laps 78
Race distance 260.52km (161.88 miles)
Pole position Right-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’14.439 (161.528 kph) by Michael Schumacher, 2004
Fastest lap 1’13.532 (163.521 kph) by Kimi Raikkonen, 2006
Maximum speed 283kph (175.848 mph)
DRS zone/s (race) Pit straight
Distance from grid to turn one 210m
Car performance
Full throttle 30%
Longest flat-out section 669m
Downforce level Maximum
Fuel use per lap 1.2kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.024s
Strategy
Quickest complete pit stop in 2013 24.316s by Red Bull (see full list)
2014 prime tyre: Soft (2013: Soft)
2014 option tyre: Super-soft (2013: Super-soft)

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix

Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

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