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Monaco 2010 - Race information // Previewing the jewel in the Formula One calendar

Published by Mr. C

It's back-to-back racing at this point in the season and as always, Monaco throws us it's traditional Thursday running curveball. Free Practice 1 and 2 occur tomorrow, Friday is an official day of rest, before Saturday and Sunday action continues as normal.

Monaco

The weather

Although Barcelona didn't deliver on it's promised downpour, there is a small chance that both Thursday and Saturday will see some rain falling on the Principality. How much this will affect the already overcrowded city streets is anyone's guess.

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The circuit

There's very little to be said about the asphalt forming F1's Blue Ribbon event that hasn't already been written a thousand times over. The track is no place for modern Formula 1 racing, but who would be without it? Overtaking is all but impossible, qualifying is even more important than usual, and with few variables for teams to play with this season, we could very well be in for a lights to flag procession.

Expect the newly raised kerbing to cause complaints and grief aplenty.

Circuit Information
LocationCircuit de Monaco
TimezoneGMT +2
First Race1950
Total Grand Prix56
Laps78
Length3.340 km
Circuit Records
Pole Position1m 13.962sFernando Alonso (Renault)2006
Fastest Lap1m 14.439sMichael Schumacher (Ferrari)2004
Race Time1hr 40m 29.329sFernando Alonso (McLaren)2007
Monaco Circuit Map
Monaco Circuit MapCredit: Bridgestone Corporation

Event schedule

An F1 weekend comprises of events spanning four days. Action begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday.

Event Schedule
DaySessionStart Time (GMT +0100)Start Time (Local)
ThursdayFree Practice 109:0010:00
Free Practice 213:0014:00
SaturdayFree Practice 310:0011:00
Qualifying13:0014:00
SundayDrivers Parade11:3012:30
The Race13:0014:00

Support racing for this event includes GP2, Formula Renault and Porsche Supercup.

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend.

Press Conference Schedule
DayTime (GMT +0100)Time (Local)Attendees
Wednesday14:0015:00Sébastien Buemi
Jenson Button
Timo Glock
Robert Kubica
Felipe Massa
Thursday15:0016:00John Booth
Tony Fernandes
Christian Horner
Martin Whitmarsh
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Following live

A thread will be created on Sidepodcast.com for every session and every thread is live enabled, meaning you can follow along and contribute to the conversation without refreshing the page.

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