The Monaco GP, one of the oldest races that is still going today, first raced in 1929, with the general layout of the street circuit not being too different from that of today. There is one major difference from the race in 1929 to the race this weekend though, in the first Monaco GP the grid was picked by drawing positions from a ballot, imagine if they still did that today, madness!
The race this weekend at Monaco will mark the 64th F1 Monaco GP but the 75th overall. The track is the shortest on the calendar at just 3.337km long, after 78 laps in the race the distance is only 260.286km, the only exception to the 305km race distance rule.
In the previous 63 F1 races in Monaco 28 (44.44%) have been won from pole position and another 14 (22.22%) from second on the grid. 33 different drivers have won the race in Monaco, with 15 of those winning it multiple times. Ayrton Senna has won the race six times, while Graham Hill and Michael Schumacher each have five. McLaren are the team with the most wins in Monaco, racking up a spectacular 15 wins, the first being in 1984.
Of the drivers racing in 2017 only Hamilton and Alonso have won the Monaco GP multiple times, but Alonso isn’t even in Monaco this weekend. Instead he is racing the Indy 500 for the first time, starting in an impressive fifth position, Jenson Button will be replacing him for the weekend.
Mercedes have been dominant in Monaco in recent years, winning the last four, though Daniel Ricciardo did qualify on pole last year and may have won had Red Bull remembered that tyres are useful in pit stops.
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.
You could line up over 1,200 roulette tables around the Monaco GP circuit, or if you wanted to completely cover the track surface with dice, you’d need around 101,239,313 ¾ inch dice.