Circuit de Monaco 23 Boulevard Albert 1er BP 364 98000 Monaco Tel: (33) 93 303220 Fax: (33) 93 258008The Monaco Grand Prix Circuit - a classic street track narrow roads, heavy barriers and no run-offs. First used in 1929, the track was 1.976 miles, and was shortened to 1.954 miles in 1955. In 1973 the Loews Hotel was built over the tunnel, the swimming pool section was built on reclaimed land and the Rascasse was added, bringing the lap distance up to 2.037 miles. In 1976 Rascasse was modified again, together with Ste Devote, bringing the distance up to 2.058 miles, and in 1986 the new chicane was added, bringing the total to 2.068 miles. In 1999, the Loews Hairpin was renamed the Grand Hotel Hairpin.
A land reclamation project in the harbour was started in the second half of 2002. This created extra land in the swimming pool complex area, so that the track behind the pitlane could be moved out and the pitlane widened, with the entry to the Rascasse eased - this changed the track length to 2.075 miles/3.340 km.
Accelerating up the hill from St. Devote into Casino Square is your first chance to go up through the gears, be careful as the road can be bumpy and those white traffic lines are very slippery. Out accelerating someone at the start of the hill is a possibility but further up the race line is much too close to the barriers. Slow down for the tight left and then right through Casino Square and accelerate down hill past the HOTEL METROPOLE.
Keep tight to the right as you approach the HOTEL MIRABEAU this is a favorite spot for out-braking if you leave a gap. If you do miss the corner there is a run-off area (try not to miss it). Forever downward as you take the 30mph hairpin at the HOTEL LOEWS and the sharp right past the fountains and into the VIRAGE DU PORTIER.
Darkness falls as you enter the tunnel, you are about 40 seconds into the race and its time to open up and follow the sweeping curve of the tunnel. This is another opportunity to out-accelerate the car in front if he leaves room. Breaking back into the sun in 6th at 170mph is the fastest you will drive today. Once again keep the correct line as you slow down into the chicane or you might lose a place or two.
The tight left-right of the chicane leads into a short straight and then the swimming pool complex. Keep the right line and you should have no problems here or at the hairpin of VIRAGE RASCASSE. A bad line or trying too hard will finish your race very quickly against the unforgiving track side barriers.
Slightly uphill now into the very nasty right of VIRAGE ANTHONY NOGHES. If you are still on track its full speed ahead as you climb up through the gears to complete the first lap.
On the 9th-10th May 2015, the inaugral Monaco Formula E Grand Prix was held on a 1.765 km/1.097 mile variant of the circuit. The start/finish was held over the usual F1 circuit, but at Ste Devote the circuit turned harder right and bypassed the Casino and tunnel sections, rejoining at a hairpin at the tunnel exit.