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.
|Lap length||3.34km (2.075 miles)|
|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|
|Longest flat-out section||669m|
|Fuel use per lap||1.2kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.024s|
|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
Monte-Carlo circuit track map
Monte-Carlo circuit video lap
Monte-Carlo circuit aerial map
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