1064th F1 GRAND PRIX | 79th MONACO GRAND PRIX | 68th F1 GRAND PRIX AT MONACO
2021 POLESITTER: CHARLES LECLERC | 2021 WINNER: MAX VERSTAPPEN
Prestige, glamour and impossible speeds through the twisting turns of the principality. The Monaco Grand Prix is Formula 1’s most iconic race. The 2022 Monaco Grand Prix is set to take place on May 27-29.
Friday 27th May
Free Practice 1 – 2:00pm Local Time/ 1:00pm UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 5:00pm Local Time/ 4:00pm UK Time
Saturday 28th May
Free Practice 3 – 1:00pm Local Time/ 12:00pm UK Time
Qualifying- 4:00pm Local Time/ 3:00pm UK Time
Sunday 29th May
The 2022 Monaco Grand Prix – 3:00pm Local Time/ 2:00pm UK Time
The 44th lap of the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix will be the 5,500th racing lap to take place at Circuit de Monaco in World Championship history.
Ferrari can equal their own record for most Fastest Laps for an engine manufacturer at a single circuit at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix. Their current record is nineteen Fastest Laps at Monza.
If Lewis Hamilton takes victory, he would become only the fifth driver to have won the Monaco Grand Prix on five occasions during its World Championship history.
Mercedes power can equal Ford Cosworth as the most successful engine manufacturer at the Monaco Grand Prix. Ford Cosworth-powered cars took 13 victories at Circuit de Monaco, while Mercedes-powered cars have won 12 times so far
WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO MONACO?
There have been no changes to the Monte Carlo circuit since the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE MONACO GRAND PRIX?
There will be a single DRS activation zone at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix. It is on the start/finish straight. The detection point is situated after Turn 16.
CIRCUIT DE MONACO TRACK GUIDE
Situated in the harbour-side of one of the most picturesque places in Europe, the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix is held every year in May. The cars and drivers are pushed to their limits as they slide through the streets of Monte Carlo on the Circuit de Monaco.
Is there anywhere more synonymous with Formula 1 than Monaco? The most prestigious race on the calendar is the one that every driver hopes to win at least once in their career. Monaco’s affinity with motorsport began over ninety years ago. Anthony Noghes is the man who came up with the idea for a race around the streets of Monte Carlo, and was encouraged after drawing up plans and showing them to local racer Louis Chiron. Noghes had to convince the Royal family to run a race on their streets; but they didn’t take much convincing. William Grover-Williams won the first Monaco Grand Prix in 1929 and from there an almost annual tradition was born. Both Noghes and Grover-Williams are celebrated in Monaco today. The final corner of the track is named in honour of its creator, while a statue of Grover-Williams racing can be found on the inside of the first turn.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The 20 drivers will be split into four groups for this week’s press conference. Here are the groups:
- Group 1:
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- Group 2:
Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
George Russell (Mercedes)
Sergio Pérez (Red Bull)
Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
- Group 3:
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
Lando Norris (McLaren)
Alex Albon (Williams)
- Group 4:
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Mick Schumacher (Haas)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Mattia Binotto (Ferrari), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Otmar Szafnauer (Alpine) and Andreas Seidl (McLaren).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
Eduardo Freitas will be the race director at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Derek Warwick.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C3, C4 and C5 compounds for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE MONACO GRAND PRIX?
After a year away, Formula 1 returned to Monaco in 2021 where Max Verstappen added his name to the winners list on the streets of Monte Carlo and Charles Leclerc suffered more home heartbreak.
After scraping the barriers and bringing out the red flags in Free Practice 2, Mick Schumacher brought out the red flags once more on Saturday morning, which kept him on the sidelines for qualifying.
Ferrari looked strong heading into Saturday afternoon and it was home delight for Charles Leclerc, who took pole position for his home race. That was despite preventing anyone from setting a faster lap time with a badly timed visit into the barriers in the dying moments of Q3. There were fears over Leclerc’s gearbox, but Ferrari opted not to incur a grid drop and kept the potentially damaged gearbox in the car.
That proved to be an uninspired decision as Leclerc headed to the grid ahead of the race. “No, the gearbox guys,” came the Monegasque driver’s call from the cockpit as it became apparent that the gearbox was not salvageable. Resigned to watch the race trackside, Leclerc’s grid slot was left clear, leaving Max Verstappen as the de facto polesitter.
The race itself began with little in the way of incident, with Verstappen leading from Valtteri Bottas. Bottas endured a race-ending pit stop issue, with his right front tyre unable to be removed. It was a poor day all round for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton finishing only seventh. Bottas’ problems promoted Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris – sporting McLaren’s striking one-off Gulf livery – into the podium positions. Norris lapped team-mate Daniel Ricciardo during the race.
As has become the norm in Monaco, overtaking was at a premium, though Sebastian Vettel secured a top five finish with a fine overtake on Pierre Gasly. Verstappen secured his first win on the streets of Monaco, with all three podium finishers making their maiden Monaco rostrum appearance – the first time this had happened since 1996.