THE 2021 MONACO GRAND PRIX
ROUND 5. 20th – 23rd May.
1040th F1 GRAND PRIX | 78th MONACO GRAND PRIX | 67th F1 GRAND PRIX AT CICUIT DE MONACO
2019 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2019 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Thursday 20th March
Free Practice 1 (11:30am Local Time/ 10:30am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Saturday 22nd May
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 11am UK Time)
Qualifying (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Sunday 23rd May
The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
- The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix will be the fifth Formula 1 race held on 23rd May. It’s the first time an F1 race has been held on this date since the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix.
- Lap 22 of the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix will be the 5,400th Grand Prix lap raced at Circuit de Monaco.
- If a Mercedes powered car wins this weekend, Mercedes engines will equal Ford Cosworth as the most successful engine manufacturer at the Monaco Grand Prix.
- A win for Lewis Hamilton at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix would see him become the ninth driver to have taken successive wins at the event since the start of the F1 Drivers’ Championship in 1950. Pole position would see him become the eleventh driver to take consecutive poles at the circuit. Read more: Back to Back Successes at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Much of the Monaco circuit has been re-surfaced since F1’s last visit in 2019.
The kerb at Turn 4 has been replaced with a painted flat kerb, while the apex kerb at Turn 14 has reverted to its 2018 position.
Additional debris fences have been added around the circuit.
Track limits will be monitored at the Nouvelle Chicane. Any driver who misses the chicane will have their lap time deleted. Drivers who cut the chicane twice in the race will be shown the black and white flag. A traffic light system has been added for drivers rejoining the circuit from the escape road in this area of track.
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.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Wednesday before the race. All 20 drivers will appear in the press conferences at the Monaco Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Thursday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Laurent Rossi (Alpine), Mattia Binotto (Ferrari), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Andreas Seidl (McLaren), Christian Horner (Red Bull) and Jost Capito (Williams).
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 Vitantonio Liuzzi.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C3, C4 and C5 compounds for this race weekend.
2019 MONACO GP RECAP
On a weekend where Formula 1 remembered the life of Niki Lauda, Lewis Hamilton brought home a fitting victory in tribute, despite pressure from Max Verstappen.
Formula 1 headed to Monaco in a sombre mood following the death of Niki Lauda. Teams paid tributes with messages on their cars, while Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel each opted to run special tribute helmets. In his first home race with Ferrari, an unimpressed Charles Leclerc was eliminated in Q1. Hamilton started from pole but the action in the opening stages came courtesy of Leclerc, who made his way from sixteenth on the grid to twelfth. But his race unravelled as he picked up a puncture by making contact with Nico Hulkenberg and he eventually retired after sixteen laps. The major drama of the afternoon came during the pit stops, as Max Verstappen was unsafely released from his pit box into the path of Valtteri Bottas. Bottas was forced to take avoiding action and damaged his front wing on the barriers. Verstappen picked up a five second penalty for the incident. The track became blocked at La Rascasse as Kubica and Giovinazzi made contact, bringing out the yellow flags. Verstappen closed in on leader Hamilton in the second half of the race, causing Hamilton to become wary of the threat from behind. Despite nearly passing the Mercedes at the chicane after the tunnel, and making light contact, Verstappen’s attempts were ultimately futile due to his penalty. Hamilton took his third Monaco victory, while Vettel and Bottas took the final podium positions.
FASTEST EVER LAP
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:13.425 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:12.126 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:12.106 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 2||1:12.720 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:11.841 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:11.118 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 3||1:12.395 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:11.786 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:11.265 (Charles Leclerc)|
|Qualifying||1:12.178 (Kimi Raikkonen)||1:10.810 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:10.166 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Grand Prix||1:14.820 (Sergio Perez)||1:14.260 (Max Verstappen)||1:14.279 (Pierre Gasly)|