Formula One heads to the famous streets of Monte Carlo for Formula One’s premier street race. Here are all the stats you need ahead of the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix!
🇲🇨 MONACO RACE WINNERS
The Monaco Grand Prix has been held as a round of the Formula One championship on 64 occasions. During that time, the race has been won by 33 different drivers.
Ayrton Senna is the driver with the most wins at this track, having won six times. He won his first for Lotus in 1987 then went on to win the race every year between 1989 and 1993 for McLaren.
McLaren are the team with the most wins here. In addition to Senna’s five wins for them in the principality, the team have won ten other Monaco races, giving them a total of fifteen victories. Ferrari and Mercedes are currently tied with seven wins each here.
The Monaco Grand Prix has been won back-to-back by eight different drivers. Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg have all won consecutive races here.
Four of the drivers on the 2018 grid have won in Monaco in the past. Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel all have two victories here, while Kimi Raikkonen recorded a solitary victory here in 2005.
The longest streak of different winners in Monaco came between 1978 and 1984 when seven different drivers won the race. Conversely, from 1984 to 1993, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna were the only two drivers to win at the circuit.
The smallest win margin at this track came in 1992, when Ayrton Senna was chased for the win right until the very end by Nigel Mansell. The Brazilian’s win margin was a mere 0.215 seconds.
The Monaco Grand Prix has been won by over a lap on four occasions: by Juan Manuel Fangio in 1950; Graham Hill in 1964; Denny Hulme in 1967 and Riccardo Patrese in 1982.
The average win margin at the Circuit de Monaco is 21.345 seconds.
🇲🇨 ON THE PODIUM IN MONACO
81 different drivers have stood on the podium at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Graham Hill and Ayrton Senna are tied for the record number of podium finishes at this track, with eight apiece. Michael Schumacher took seven top three finishes here during his career while Alain Prost finished on the rostrum on six occasions.
From the 2018 grid, six of the drivers have finished on the podium at this track before. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have taken the most top three finishes in Monaco from the current grid with five each, while Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are just behind them on four each. Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez are the other drivers to have finished on the podium before. The Australian has three podium finishes in Monaco so far in his career, while the Mexican finished third in 2016.
🇲🇨 MONACO POLESITTERS
There have been 35 different polesitters at Monaco from the 64 times the Grand Prix has been held as a round of the F1 championship.
Ayrton Senna is the driver who has taken pole on the most occasions here, with five front place starts. McLaren are the team with the most poles – they’ve started from the front on eleven occasions at the Monte Carlo track. Ferrari have ten poles in Monaco, so could equal McLaren’s record this year.
There are five former Monaco polesitters on the 2018 grid. Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen each have two poles here, while Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo have one Monaco pole each.
Juan Manuel Fangio and Ayrton Senna are tied for the most consecutive poles in Monaco. Fangio set the pole time on Formula One’s visits to Monaco in 1950, 1955. 1956 and 1957 (note that the Grand Prix was not held as a round of the championship between 1951 and 1954), while Senna took all four poles between 1988 and 1991. Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda have each taken three consecutive poles in the principality.
The longest streak of different polesitters in Monaco came between 1999 and 2006 when eight different drivers took pole. The current streak of different polesitters is four, with a different driver setting the fastest Saturday time since 2014.
Monaco is renowned for having close qualifying sessions. Pole has been taken by less than a tenth of a second on seventeen occasions in the race’s history. The smallest pole margin at Monaco came in 1997 when Heinz Harald Frentzen set the fastest time by 0.019 seconds.
The largest pole margin at Monaco came in the first season where the race was held as a round of the Formula One championship. In 1950, Juan Manuel Fangio took pole by 2.6 seconds. Ayrton Senna is generally considered the Qualifying King in Monaco, taking pole by 1.427 seconds ahead of his team-mate Alain Prost in 1988. The following year Senna again set a pole time over a second faster than his team-mate.
The average pole margin at the Monaco Grand Prix is 0.427 seconds.
🇲🇨 SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
From 64 events, the polesitter in Monaco has gone on to win the Grand Prix on 28 occasions, meaning the pole conversion rate at this track is 44%. The Monaco Grand Prix has not been won from pole since 2014.
The Monaco Grand Prix has been won from the front row on 43 occasions.
The race has been won from third or further back on 21 occasions. The furthest back win came in 1996, when Olivier Panis took an unexpected victory from fourteenth on the grid.
🇲🇨 SUNDAY STATS
There have been thirteen races which have seen Safety Car appearances at the Monaco Grand Prix since the 1993 race.
The 2010 Monaco Grand Prix featured the most Safety Car stints seen in a race here, with four.
Rain has affected the Monaco Grand Prix on eleven occasions in the past, most recently in 2016.
Up until 1967, the Monaco Grand Prix was run to 100 laps. The race would often reach three hours in length, with the longest race being in 1950 – which Juan Manuel Fangio won with a time of 3:13:18.7. The longest race since the race distance was adjusted in 1968 came in 2013. Nico Rosberg won the race in a time of 2:17:52.506. Meanwhile, the shortest Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco was in 1984. The weather conditions led to the race being abandoned after 31 laps, clocking in at 1:01:07.740.
The Monaco Grand Prix has a high attrition rate with just ten drivers finishing the race on average. There has never been an event which has seen more than seveteen cars still running by the end of the race. Seventeen cars have finished on four occasions – in 1972, 2007, 2011 and 2015. The smallest number of finishers was in the chaotic 1996 event, which only three drivers completed.
The Monaco Grand Prix has been red-flagged six times – in 1984, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2011 and most recently in 2013.
🇲🇨 CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
A World Champion has never been crowned in Monaco, though the winner of this Grand Prix has gone on to win that year’s championship on 22 occasions in the past.
🇲🇨 MISCELLANEOUS STATS
In all five attempts, Pastor Maldonado never saw the chequered flag at the Monaco Grand Prix.
After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.