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Circuit de Monaco

CIRCUIT PAGE
02/01/2016

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM

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DETAILS

Circuit de Monaco

Automobile Club de Monaco
23 Boulevard Alvert 1er
BP 464
980000
Monaco

Tel: +377 931 52600

Fax: +377 932 58008

Official website:
www.acm.mc

STATISTICS (PRIOR TO 2016)

Length:

3.340km (2.075miles)

Race laps:

78

2015 winner:

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

Configuration:

Clockwise

First GP:

1950

Lap record:

1:14.439 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)

Type:

Street Circuit

Total races:

66

BIOGRAPHY

Instigated in 1929, the Monaco GP has always run through the streets of Monte Carlo, the capital, and most of the territory, of the pocket Principality of Monaco. It has always been a slow circuit, but one which is unusually demanding on both car and driver. The presence of kerbs and walls require the utmost precision and there is very little room for even small mistakes.

One of the men behind the race originally was Louis Chiron, a noted driver with dual French and Monegasque nationality. Chiron last drove at Monaco in 1955, when he was placed sixth and, at 55 years and 276 days, was the oldest driver to start a WC Grand Prix. Chiron continued as Clerk of the Course up to his death in 1979. The narrowness of the track, however, means that overtaking has become exceptionally difficult.

The cynical take the view that Monaco continues as a race only because it offers unrivalled glamour and is an invaluable tool when it comes to massaging sponsorship deals. (Photographs from the 1950s show spectators looking decidedly unglamorous wearing headgear made from folded newspapers and knotted handkerchiefs!).

The romantics see Monaco as an overhang from the days when many of the most important races took part round the streets of a town which were given over to racing one weekend every year. Viewed in this way, the race has special historical significance.

There have been numerous changes to the circuit over the years, but it has retained its essence and frequently provides one of the most absorbing races in the calendar.

Two drivers have managed to finish up in the Monte Carlo harbour: Alberto Ascari in 1955 and Paul Hawkins in 1965 - in neither case was the driver badly hurt. There was a third excursion in the harbour, in the movie, Grand Prix, when Pete Aron (James Garner) dunked his Jordan-BRM.

Fast Facts - Provided by the FIA

2015 marked the 62nd Monaco Grand Prix. The event was part of the first Formula One calendar in 1950. It then dropped off the schedule before rejoining in 1955 and it has been a regular fixture each year since.

Ayrton Senna is the most successful driver here, with six wins (in 1987, and from '89-'93, while McLaren is the most successful constructor, with 15 wins (1984-'86, 1988-'93, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007-'08).

The second most successful team at the track is Ferrari with eight wins, while Lotus have clinched seven, including their maiden victory in 1960. The race was won by Stirling Moss.

Much of the work of a Monaco win is done on a Saturday and pole position is of huge importance. Of the last 11 events 10 have been won the man on pole. The odd man in the sequence is Hamilton, who took his sole Monaco victory so far from third on the grid.

Curiously, prior to the start of that sequence the man on pole had failed to win for five races in succession. Juan Pablo Montoya won in 2003 from a third-place start, David Coulthard won in 2002 from second and in 2000 from third, while Michael Schumacher won twice from second, in 2001 and in 1999.

Remove Olivier Panis' 1996 win in the rain from 14th place on the grid from the equation and the race hasn't been won from further back than row two for 30 years. In 1985, Alain Prost took the second of four Monaco wins from fifth place on the grid, driving for McLaren. Prost's other wins here (1984, '86 and '88) were also for McLaren.

Prost's four wins, allied to Senna's six, mean that for a decade between 1984 and 1993 just two drivers won here.

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