Circuit de Monaco
is a street circuit
laid out on the city streets of Monte Carlo
and La Condamine
around the harbour of the principality
. It is commonly referred to as "Monte Carlo
" because it is largely inside the Monte Carlo
neighbourhood of Monaco.
The circuit is used on one weekend in the month of May of each year to host the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix
. Formula One's respective feeder series over the years — F2
and today GP2
— also visit the circuit concurrently with Formula One.
The idea for a Grand Prix race around the streets of Monaco
came from Anthony Noghès
, the president of the Monegasque car club
and close friend of the ruling Grimaldi
family. The inaugural race was held in 1929 and was won by William Grover-Williams
in a Bugatti
The building of the circuit
takes six weeks, and the dismantling after the race another three weeks. The race circuit has many elevation shifts, tight corners, and is narrow. These features make it perhaps the most demanding track in Formula One
racing. Although the course has changed many times during its history, it is still considered the ultimate test of driving skills in Formula One. It contains both the slowest corner in Formula One (the Loews hairpin, taken at just ) and one of the quickest (the flat out kink in the tunnel, three turns beyond the hairpin, taken at ).
Due to the tight and twisty nature of the circuit, it favours the skill of the... Read More