Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Circuit de Monaco ahead of the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix!
?? RACE WINNERS
Since 1950, Monaco has played host to a Formula One race on 65 occasions. It has been ever-present on the calendar since 1955. During that time, there have been 34 different winners of the Monaco Grand Prix.
The driver with the most Monaco wins is Ayrton Senna, who took victory in the Principality six times – one more than Graham Hill and Michael Schumacher. McLaren are the team with the most wins, having won here fifteen times, a third of their victories coming from Senna. British drivers have won here more often than drivers from any other nation, with sixteen victories collectively from Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, David Coulthard, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Ford has powered the most Monaco victories, with their engines winning thirteen times, most recently in 1994.
Eight drivers have taken back-to-back wins at the Circuit de Monaco. The most consecutive wins here is five, an honour which goes to Ayrton Senna, having won in every year between 1989 and 1993. Graham Hill is the only driver to have won consecutive races here twice. He won three Monaco Grands Prix in a row between 1963 and 1965, before winning twice more in 1968 and 1969.
There are four previous winners of the Monaco Grand Prix on the 2019 grid. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have each won twice, while Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo each have a single victory at the track.
The longest streak of different Monaco Grand Prix winners is seven, which happened between 1978 and 1984.
The largest win margin at the Monaco Grand Prix is over a lap. It’s happened on four occasions – for Juan Manuel Fangio in 1950, Graham Hill in 1964, Denny Hulme in 1967 and Riccardo Patrese in 1982. Conversely, the smallest win margin at the track is 0.215 seconds. This came as a result of Nigel Mansell hunting down Ayrton Senna for victory in the memorable 1992 event.
The Monaco Grand Prix has been won by less than five seconds on 23 occasions, and has been won by less than a second eight times.
From the last ten races here, the average win margin at the Monaco Grand Prix has been 4.521 seconds.
?? ON THE PODIUM
81 different drivers have taken podium finishes at the Monaco Grand Prix.
It’s Graham Hill and Ayrton Senna who are tied for the most top three finishes at the track, having each stood on the podium eight times. Ferrari are the team with the most podiums in Monaco. Their 52 podium tally is double that of next most successful team McLaren. British drivers lead the way in terms of podiums, with the British flag appearing on the podium 44 times, twenty times more than France.
There are six previous podium finishers at Monaco on the 2019 grid. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are tied for the most, with six apiece. Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo are next on the list with the four top three finishes here, Robert Kubica has finished in the top three twice, while Sergio Perez scored his only Monaco podium so far in 2016.
From the 65 Monaco Grands Prix held since 1950, the polesitter has gone on to finish on the podium 38 times.
No driver has ever taken a podium finish at the track from lower than sixteenth on the grid. The only time that has been done was in 1979, when Clay Regazzoni finished as runner-up after starting from sixteenth on the grid.
The top three qualifiers at Monaco have gone on to all finish on the podium in the Grand Prix just seven times since 1950, including six times in the past twelve seasons.
The top three have finished in the order they started only three times at Monaco – in 2007, 2014 and 2018.
There have been 35 different polesitters at the Monaco Grand Prix since 1950.
Ayrton Senna has the most poles here, with five. McLaren are the team with the most poles at the circuit, having ended up fastest on Saturday eleven times – a record which Ferrari could equal this season. British drivers have more pole positions in Monaco, with 21 in total – 13 more than second-placed Brazil.
There are four previous Monaco polesitters on the 2019 grid. Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo have the most with two each, while Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have both taken pole here once.
Ten drivers have taken back-to-back poles at Monaco. No-one on the current grid has yet achieved this. The most consecutive poles at this track is four, which Ayrton Senna achieved between 1988 and 1991. Juan Manuel Fangio also took four consecutive poles for all the F1 races which took place in Monaco between 1950 and 1957. Impressively, all these poles came with different teams.
The track record at Monaco is a 1:10.810, set by Daniel Ricciardo in Qualifying for the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix.
After numerous changes to the track and the advance in speed of the cars, the difference between the fastest and slowest pole laps at the Monaco circuit is 39.390 seconds. The slowest pole lap came in 1950 and the fastest in 2018.
The largest pole margin at the Monaco Grand Prix came in 1950, when Juan Manuel Fangio took pole by 2.6 seconds. The smallest gap pole was taken by here is 0.019 seconds, which happened in 1997 when Heinz-Harald Frentzen took pole for Williams.
Pole has been decided by less than a tenth of a second on seventeen occasions at the Monaco circuit.
From the last ten races, the average pole margin at the Monaco Grand Prix is 0.177 seconds.
?? SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The Monaco Grand Prix has been won from pole 29 times since 1950. The polesitter has finished on the podium without winning the Monaco Grand Prix on nine occasions.
The race has been won from the front row of the grid 44 times, including in every year since 2009 except 2016.
The Monaco Grand Prix has been won from third or further back 21 times. The furthest back win here came in 1996, when Olivier Panis took victory from fourteenth on the grid. His is the only Monaco victory in the last 33 years to have come from further back on the grid than third.
?? SUNDAY STATS
The highest number of drivers to finish on the same lap as the race winner at Monaco is fifteen, which happened in 2013. There have only been six occasions where more than ten drivers have finished on the lead lap at this track – and all of those occurrences have happened after 2010.
Thirteen races here have featured a Safety Car period, with the Safety Car being called out 25 times in total at Monaco. The most Safety Car appearances in a single race here is four, which happened in 2010. Last year’s Monaco Grand Prix was the first not to feature a full Safety Car period since 2009.
There have been eleven rain-affected Monaco Grands Prix since 1950.
Michael Schumacher is the driver who has taken the most Fastest Laps at the Monaco Grand Prix, having done so five times in his career.
Since 1950, 1,324 cars have started a Monaco Grand Prix. Of those, 660 have reached the chequered flag, giving an overall finish rate of 49.85%.
There has never been a Monaco Grand Prix where more than eighteen cars have still been running at the end of the race. Eighteen cars reached the chequered flag in the 2008 event. The least number of cars to reach the end is three, in the chaotic 1996 event.
From the last ten Monaco Grands Prix, an average of 69.5% of cars to have started the race have reached the end.
Six races at Monaco have been red-flagged.
Since 1950, there have been 5,298 F1 racing laps at the Circuit de Monaco. That means that the second lap of the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix will be the 5300th racing lap of the track in Formula One’s history.
?? CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
A World Champion has never been crowned at this track. The winner of the Monaco Grand Prix has gone on to win the title in the same season 21 times. This hasn’t happened since Sebastian Vettel won both the Monaco Grand Prix and the World Championship in 2011.
The leader of the Drivers’ Championship after the Monaco Grand Prix has gone on to win the title on 33 occasions.
After graduating 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 sixth 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 Motorsport Guides. 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.