KartCMP1: Monaco Grand Prix pre-race notes

F1 Grand Prix of Monaco

Formula 1’s most prestigious race returns to the calendar after a one-year absence for round five of what has been an exciting 2021 season so far.

Here’s what’s happening heading into race five in Monte Carlo.

Race Information

2021 Monaco Grand Prix, Circuit De Monaco

  • Date: 20 – 23 May 2021
  • Circuit Length: 3.337km
  • Race Distance: 260.286 km
  • Number of laps: 78
  • Official Lap Record: 1:14.260 – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Tag Heuer 2018
  • Turns: 19 (8 left, 11 right)
  • DRS Zones: 1
  • Tyre Compounds: C3-Hard | C4-Medium | C5-Soft (Softest Range)

Top Stories

  • Sun and 20⁰C, optimal weather awaits on the return to F1’s most iconic race.
  • Lando Norris signs multi-year contract extension with McLaren
  • 750th GP start for Williams.
  • McLaren go retro for Monaco GP with iconic Gulf livery.
  • Australian GP boss wants mid-September Deadline.
  • Mattia Binotto predicts good Monaco pace on Barcelona’s quick third sector.
  • Monaco GP confirms 40% grandstand capacity with up to 7,500 ticket holders each day.
  • Turkish GP cancelled, second Austrian GP added.
  • FIA to clamp down on rear wing flexibility
  • Romain Grosjean secures pole, finishes second at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Top Quotes

  • Jacques Villeneuve [Retired F1 Driver] | “Lewis has rarely had to push to the limit in the past but this year it’s different. You can see that in the mistakes he made in Imola, for example. He wanted to get through the field too quickly and was very lucky with the red flag. There will be more of this type of mistakes.”
  • Lewis Hamilton [Mercedes] | “I think you’re working towards it all the way through Thursday and Friday, and on Friday and Saturday morning you’re trying all these things and basically finding pieces to the puzzle, but you haven’t quite yet put them all together. Then qualifying comes and you have no choice. Whether you’ve got all the pieces or not, you have to build the puzzle. Looking at previous years’ laps, you’re looking at the laps you’ve done in the past, looking at the laps some of your competitors have done – it’s just making sure you haven’t left anything on the table.”
  • Guenther Steiner [Haas] | “Once you’re in the barriers in Monaco, your session is lost. You cannot get the car back and it’s normally pretty damaged anyway. The challenge is big. It’s a very tight circuit, it’s obviously a street circuit, and you’ve got lots of people watching – everything you don’t want on a race like this. On the other side, you do want it though, that’s why we’re doing it.”
  • Daniel Ricciardo [McLaren] | “If there’s a gap, Max goes for it. Flip a coin.”
  • Christian Horner [Red Bull] | “The fact that we’ve managed to probably out-develop all other teams from our starting point last year with adopting to these new regulations, I think, is testimony to the team work that is going on back in Milton Keynes in obviously what’s been trying conditions for everybody. So we obviously need to continue to develop this car but also have to be mindful that there is a completely new generation of car coming for 2022.”

Memorable Monaco Grand Prix Moments

  • Daniel Ricciardo’s redemption | 2018
  • Nico Rosberg forgets to turn right, Mirabeau Haute | 2016
  • Ricciardo: Save it. Nothing you can say can make that any better. Just save it. | 2016
  • Michael Schumacher steals to show on Saturday | 2012
  • Schumacher forgets to turn right, La Rascasse | 2006
  • Kimi Raikkonen watches from his yacht | 2006
  • Oliver Panis win | 1996
  • The Master of Monaco – Ayrton Senna | 1984-1993
  • Keke Rosberg slicks in wet | 1983
  • Race leader musical chairs | 1982

Race Stewards

  • Nish Shetty | FIA Steward
  • Dennis Dean | F2 and Formula E Steward
  • Jose Abed | FIA Vice President For Sport
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi | Former F1 Driver
  • Eric Barrabino | National Steward

2019 Monaco Grand Prix Results

  1. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 1:43:28.437
  2. Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari | +2.602
  3. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +3.162
  4. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Racing Honda | +5.537
  5. Pierre Gasly | Red Bull Racing Honda | +9.946
  6. Carlos Sainz | McLaren Renault | +53.454
  7. Daniil Kvyat | Toro Rosso Honda | +54.574
  8. Alexander Albon | Toro Rosso Honda | +55.200
  9. Daniel Ricciardo | Renault | +60.894
  10. Romain Grosjean | Haas Ferrari | +61.034
  11. Lando Norris | McLaren Renault | +66.801
  12. Sergio Perez | Racing Point Mercedes | +1 Lap
  13. Nico Hulkenburg | Renault | +1 Lap
  14. Kevin Magnussen | Haas Ferrari | +1 Lap
  15. George Russell | Williams Mercedes | +1 Lap
  16. Lance Stroll | Racing Point Mercedes | +1 Lap
  17. Kimi Raikkonen | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 Lap
  18. Robert Kubica | Williams Mercedes | +1 Laps
  19. Antonio Giovinazzi | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +2 Lap
  20. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | DNF

Monaco Grand Prix Previous Five Winners

  • 2019 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2018 Daniel Ricciardo| Red Bull Tag Heuer
  • 2017 Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari
  • 2016 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2015 Nico Rosberg | Mercedes

Previously in F1: 2021 Spanish Grand Prix

Top Five

  1. Lewis Hamilton| Mercedes | 1:33:07.680
  2. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Honda | +15.841
  3. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +26.610
  4. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | +54.616
  5. Sergio Perez | Red Bull Honda | +63.671

Best Driver

  • Lewis Hamilton

Best Team

  • Mercedes

“Uh-Oh”s

  • Lando Norris
  • Valtteri Bottas
  • Fernando Alonso

“Way To Go”s

  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Max Verstappen
  • Ferrari

2021 Drivers’ Championship Standings

  1. 94 | Lewis Hamilton
  2. 80 | Max Verstappen | -6
  3. 47 | Valtteri Bottas | -47
  4. 41 | Lando Norris | -53
  5. 40 | Charles Leclerc | -54
  6. 32 | Sergio Perez | -62
  7. 24 | Daniel Ricciardo | -70
  8. 20 | Carlos Sainz | -74
  9. 10 | Esteban Ocon | -84
  10. 8 | Pierre Gasly | -86
  11. 5 | Lance Stroll | -89
  12. 5 | Fernando Alonso | -89
  13. 2 | Yuki Tsunoda | -92
  14. 0 | Kimi Raikkonen | -94
  15. 0 | Antonio Giovinazzi | -94
  16. 0 | Sebastian Vettel | -94
  17.  0 | George Russell | -94
  18. 0 | Mick Schumacher | -94
  19. 0 | Nicholas Latifi | -94
  20. 0 | Nikita Mazepin | -94

2021 Constructors’ Championship Standings

  1. 141 | Mercedes
  2. 112 | Red Bull Racing Honda | -29
  3. 65 | McLaren Mercedes | -76
  4. 60 | Ferrari | -81
  5. 15 | Alpine Renault | -126
  6.  10 | AlphaTauri Honda | -131
  7. 5  | Aston Martin Mercedes | -136
  8. 0  | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | -141
  9. 0  | Williams Mercedes | -141
  10. 0  | Haas Ferrari | -141