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Race information - Monaco 2016 // Everything you need to know about the harbour-side event

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The Monaco race weekend is often met with mixed reviews - the racing can sometimes be less than stellar, but there's a lot to look at around the principality along the way and there is always, always some kind of drama to talk about. With that in mind, the 2016 season winds its way towards Monte Carlo ready for the sixth race. The tricky street circuit awaits!

Event schedule

The last race in Spain gave us a first lap collision between the Mercedes drivers that meant neither made any headway in their fight for this year's championship. Instead, we saw a new winner in Max Verstappen, who became the youngest F1 driver to win a race. Ferrari were allowed to close the gap a little to their rivals, whilst Red Bull were rewarded for their fickle driver swap.

This weekend, Hamilton will want to turn the tide on his difficult start to the season, taking the fight to his teammate at one of his home races. In fact, many of the drivers live in and around Monaco and so will have the comfort of their home surroundings as they navigate the narrow street circuits.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
26 MayThursdayFree Practice 109:00
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10:00
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Free Practice 213:00
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14:00
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28 MaySaturdayFree Practice 310:00
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11:00
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Qualifying13:00
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14:00
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29 MaySundayGrand Prix13:00
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14:00
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Support racing for this event includes GP2 Series, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, and Renault Series 2.0.

Expected conditions

As if Monaco didn't present enough of a challenge to the drivers, the conditions look set to be mixed and changeable over the coming days. Starting off dry for the first practice session, the clouds are forecast to move in and rain should start to surround the track by the time the racing gets underway. This is the first weekend we're seeing the ultrasoft tyres in action, but we might also get to see the wets as well.

Partly sunny

Monte Carlo, Thursday

26℃

  • Low 16℃
  • Humidity 49%

Partly sunny

Mostly sunny

Monte Carlo, Saturday

24℃

  • Low 16℃
  • Humidity 52%

Mostly sunny

Scattered thunderstorms

Monte Carlo, Sunday

21℃

  • Low 15℃
  • Humidity 71%

Scattered thunderstorms

Circuit history

Circuit information
CircuitCircuit de Monaco
LocationMonte Carlo
CountryMonaco
TimezoneGMT +01:00
Race debut1950
Laps78
Length3.340 km
Distance260.520 km
Line offset0.000 km

The Monaco Grand Prix has been on the calendar since the beginning of the modern era of Formula One, with the first race featuring in 1950. The track has evolved since then but still has some unique areas, such as the tunnel and the super sharp hairpin. For 2016, some resurfacing work has been done to help with the bumps on the public roads, as well as extra barriers and guard rails at various points around the track.

Track position is crucial for this race, so qualifying has never been more important. Pole position is crucial as overtaking is difficult, DRS isn't as useful as at other circuits, and pit stop strategy is limited due to the slow nature of the circuit and the pit lane. There's likely to be a safety car at some point during the race, so drivers may find themselves playing a wait and see strategy in the early parts of the race.

Results for the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix
SessionDriverTeamTime
Free Practice 1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:18.750
Free Practice 2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:17.192
Free Practice 3Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:16.143
QualifyingLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:15.098
Grand PrixNico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:49:18.420
Fastest lapDaniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:18.063

Tyre compounds

This weekend sees the introduction of the ultrasoft tyre with a lovely purple stripe to indicate the new compound. The yellow-striped soft compound becomes the hardest of the three choices, which just goes to show how little grip and how low the speeds are at the Monaco track. The purple tyre is expected to appear a lot in qualifying, as well as during the race, whilst the red supersofts are likely to be the favoured tyre for longer race stints.

One stop strategies are possible and quite likely, but teams will be constantly on the alert for a safety car and will have factored the potential for stoppage time into their plans.

Selected tyre sets per driver
Soft tyreSupersoft tyreUltrasoft tyre
Lewis Hamilton1210
Nico Rosberg1210
Sebastian Vettel229
Kimi Räikkönen229
Valtteri Bottas247
Felipe Massa247
Daniel Ricciardo1210
Max Verstappen1210
Nico Hülkenberg337
Sergio Pérez337
Kevin Magnussen1210
Jolyon Palmer139
Daniil Kvyat337
Carlos Sainz337
Marcus Ericsson148
Felipe Nasr148
Fernando Alonso157
Jenson Button157
Pascal Wehrlein256
Rio Haryanto256
Romain Grosjean139
Esteban Gutiérrez139

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayAttendeeRepresenting
WednesdayRomain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team
Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team
Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing
Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari
Pascal WehrleinManor Racing MRT
FridayÉric BoullierMcLaren Honda
Nick ChesterRenault Sport F1 Team
Monisha KaltenbornSauber F1 Team
James KeyScuderia Toro Rosso
Paddy LoweMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Paul MonaghanRed Bull Racing
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process includes a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These stewards are overseeing the weekend's action.

FIA stewards
NamePosition
José AbedFIA Vice President, founder and president of the Mexican Organisation of International Motorsport.
Garry ConnellyDeputy President of the FIA Institute, Director of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety, F1 and WTCC Steward, and FIA World Motorsport Council Member.
Emanuele PirroF1 driver 1989-1991 for Benetton and Scuderia Italia, McLaren test driver and five-time Le Mans winner with Audi.

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