The Monaco GP is one of the oldest races in the world that is still going today. The first race was held back in 1929 and after 100 laps it was won by British-French driver William Grover-Williams in his Bugatti. William Grover-Williams has quite an interesting but unfortunate story, there’s no time for it now but I’d recommend doing a search.The Circuit de Monaco has the shortest lap of the year at just 3.340km long. Due to the slow and short circuit the full race distance is just 260.520km long, the only race below the minimum distance of 305km. To meet the usual minimum race distance the Monaco GP would have to be 92 laps long and would just about go over the maximum two hour race time limit.
This will be the 60th Formula One event in Monaco and the 71st Monaco GP. 26 (44.07%) of the 60 F1 races at Monaco have been won from pole position and another 13 from second on the grid. 32 different drivers have won the race, 13 drivers winning it multiple times. Monaco is the first race of the year that neither Ferrari nor Schumacher have the most wins at. McLaren and Ayrton Senna are most successful in Monaco, with McLaren having won 15 times and Senna 6.
The lap record at Monaco was set by Schumacher’s Ferrari in 2004, a time of 1:14.439 and an average speed of just 162kph or 100mph. This makes the Monaco GP the slowest of the year, the fastest is the Italian GP at Monza with an average speed of 257kph or 160mph.
The Silly Stats
Monaco is known for a few things, a narrow and twisty circuit, money, and gambling. You could line up over 1,200 roulette tables around the Monaco GP circuit.
You could completely cover the track surface of the Circuit de Monaco with around 101,239,313 ¾ inch dice.
For some more stats on the Monaco GP see my mini-stat page