The Monaco GP is the most unique race on the calendar, it has the shortest track, the slowest speed and is the only exception to the 305km race distance rule.The race has taken place almost every year since 1929 and is the first track this season where neither Ferrari nor Michael Schumacher have won the most races at. Ayrton Senna is the driver with the most wins at Monaco with six, even managing to win five in a row between 1989 and 1993. Michael Schumacher and Graham Hill are tied for second with Monaco GP wins, five each. McLaren are the most successful team, winning the Monaco GP a huge 15 times between 1984 and 2008.
The Circuit de Monaco has the shortest lap and race distance on the calendar, just a 3.340km long lap and a 260.520km long race. The track had 19 corners and in the 60 F1 races 27 (45%) have been won from pole position and 40 (67%) from the front row of the grid. 33 different drivers have won the Monaco GP, only Monza (35) has had more winners. The lap record at Monaco is 1:14.439, set by Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari in 2004. The average speed of the lap record is just 162kph or 100mph, but it is not the slowest of all time.
Kimi Raikkonen will take part in his 200th F1 Grand Prix this weekend and a podium would take him up to a total of 1000 points. Mercedes have won every race so far this season, the record for the most consecutive wins from the start of the season is McLaren in 1988 with the dominant MP4/4, winning the first 11 races and winning 15 of the 16 races that season.
The Silly Stats
Monaco is often associated with glamour, and the most unglamourous creature known to man, the Blobfish, is around 70cm long. This means that you could line 4771 of them around a lap of Monaco, which is more than enough to scare off most of the pointless celebrities that always find their way to the grid and feign interest in F1.