The Monaco Grand Prix is Formula 1’s most iconic event and has appeared on the calendar almost 70 times. Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Circuit de Monaco ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix!
Since 1950, Monaco has played host to a Formula 1 race on 67 occasions. Aside from 2020, when the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Monaco Grand Prix has been ever-present on the calendar since 1955. During that time, there have been 35 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 seventeen 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.
There have been only eleven occasions on which a team has recorded a 1-2 result at the Monaco Grand Prix. The most recent was for Ferrari in 2017.
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 for McLaren in every year between 1989 and 1993. Senna’s streak is also the longest streak of wins for a single team at the circuit.
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 six previous winners of the Monaco Grand Prix on the 2021 grid. Lewis Hamilton took his third victory in 2019 while Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso have each won twice. Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen 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 has 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 ten seconds 33 times. It has been won by less than five seconds on 24 occasions, and has been won by less than a second eight times. In 2019, Lewis Hamilton won by 0.537 seconds, but a five second penalty for Max Verstappen meant that Hamilton’s actual win margin was 2.602 seconds.
From the last ten races here, the average win margin at the Monaco Grand Prix has been 4.867 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM
85 different drivers have taken podium finishes at the Monaco Grand Prix.
It’s Ayrton Senna who has the most top three finishes at the Monaco Grand Prix, having stood on the podium eight times. Ferrari are the team with the most podiums in Monaco. Their 54 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 46 times, 22 times more than France.
There are ten previous podium finishers at Monaco on the current grid. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are tied for the most, with seven apiece. Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo are next on the list with four top three finishes here, while Sergio Perez scored his only Monaco podium so far in 2016 and Valtteri Bottas became the 82nd Monaco top three finisher in 2019. Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris joined Monaco’s list of podium finishers in 2021.
From the 67 Monaco Grands Prix held since 1950, the polesitter has gone on to finish on the podium 39 times.
No driver has ever taken a podium finish at the track from lower than sixteenth on the grid. Clay Regazzoni finished as runner-up after starting from sixteenth on the grid in 1979.
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 fourteen seasons.
The top three have finished in the order they started only three times at Monaco – in 2007, 2014 and 2018.
There have been 36 different polesitters at the Monaco Grand Prix since 1950.
Ayrton Senna has the most poles here, with five. McLaren and Ferrari are the teams with the most poles at the circuit, having each ended up fastest on Saturday eleven times. British drivers have more pole positions in Monaco, with 22 in total – fourteen more than second-placed Brazil.
There are six previous Monaco polesitters on the 2021 grid. Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton each have two poles here, while Sebastian Vettel has taken pole once at the circuit. Charles Leclerc took pole position for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, but failed to start due to a gearbox issue.
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 longest streak of pole positions for a team at the track is five, recorded by Lotus between 1960 and 1964.
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 40.034 seconds. The slowest pole lap came in 1950 and the fastest in 2019.
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 eighteen 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 30 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 46 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 34 races to have come from further back on the grid than third.
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 seven occasions where more than ten drivers have finished on the lead lap at this track – and all of those occurrences have happened after 2010.
Fourteen races here have featured a Safety Car period, with the Safety Car being called out 26 times in total at Monaco. The most Safety Car appearances in a single race here is four, which happened in 2010. The 2018 Monaco Grand Prix was the first not to feature a full Safety Car period since 2009, while the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix featured no Safety Cars or Virtual Safety Car periods.
There have been eleven rain-affected Monaco Grands Prix since 1950.
43 different drivers have set the fastest lap of the Monaco Grand Prix. 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, 1,344 cars have started a Monaco Grand Prix. Of those, 680 have reached the chequered flag, giving an overall finish rate of 50.6%.
The 2019 Monaco Grand Prix was the first where more than eighteen cars have reached the chequered flag. Nineteen cars crossed the line in 2019. The least number of cars to reach the end is three, in the chaotic 1996 event.
Six races at Monaco have been red-flagged.
There have been five Monaco Grands Prix which have not run to full distance, most recently in 2008. Four of those five occasions were due to wet weather conditions, while the 2004 race was shortened by a lap due to an aborted start. Read more: F1 Races Which Didn’t Reach Full Distance.
Since 1950, there have been 5,456 F1 racing laps at the Circuit de Monaco.
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. In 2019, Lewis Hamilton became the first winner of the Monaco Grand Prix to win the title in the same season since Sebastian Vettel in 2011.
There have been 26 occasions where the polesitter at the Monaco Grand Prix has won the title in the same season. This has happened five times in the last nineteen races at the circuit.
The leader of the Drivers’ Championship after the Monaco Grand Prix has gone on to win the title on 34 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.