Posted on December 12th, 2022
Located in the Principality of Monaco, the Circuit de Monaco is a street circuit. In addition to the Monaco Grand Prix, it hosts the Formula E race and many other annual historic races. This track has become one of the most iconic racetracks in the world. It is known for its high downforce, short braking times, and stable acceleration. Unlike other championship tracks, Monaco’s streets make overtaking difficult. Drivers must thread cars with precision through tight bends.
The Monaco Grand Prix is held in May of each year and has been held in Monaco since the days of the Rallye Monte-Carlo in 1911. As the cars have gotten larger, overtaking other drivers is less common, and this race is predominantly won by strategy and qualifying over the previous days. Many upgrades have been made over the years for safety and in 1973, the track was extended by 135 meters. The new curve, nicknamed “Piscine,” was finished in time for the 1973 event. The older “Gasometer” curve is renamed “Virage Antony Noghès as of 1979. These changes highlight the port and the elevation as the circuit winds through the city.
Ayrton Senna won the Monaco Grand Prix five consecutive times from 1989 to 1993. He holds the record for most wins at the track. The very first Monaco Grand Prix was organized by Antony Noghes, the proposer of a major auto race for Monaco.