Need To Know: 2019 Monaco Grand Prix

Formula 1 visits the legendary Monaco circuit for the sixth round of the 2019 season. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend on May 23-26, 2019!

The Monaco Grand Prix is, arguably, Formula 1’s most famous event seeing it live is on the bucket list for many motorsport enthusiasts. The sport has been visiting Monaco since the first year of the modern championship in 1950 and, while the buildings have multiplied and the track has seen some minor changes, the essence of tight street racing between the barriers has remained the same.

Whether you’re lucky enough to be staying within Monaco, in nearby Nice or one of the neighbouring areas, there’ll be plenty to enjoy away from the track during your trip to the Monaco Grand Prix. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit – including Prince Rainier’s car collection, Monte Carlo’s iconic casino and Nice’s expansive beaches – in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Monaco for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

Monaco is usually within the top ten best attended races of the season, with crowds of 200,000 visiting the track over the four-day event. The Monaco Grand Prix is the most expensive race of the year to attend if you’re looking for grandstand tickets, and the second-most expensive for 3 day general admission tickets, behind only Abu Dhabi. Despite being the playground of the rich and the famous, tickets for the Monaco Grand Prix will set French residents back 7% of the average monthly wage.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix!

As always in Monaco, the first Free Practice sessions take place on Thursday, with the F2 Feature Race taking place on Friday morning. Make sure you take advantage of ‘Free Friday’ and get to a grandstand to watch the always-enthralling F2 action!

The circuit re-opens to the public after the on-track action each day, giving fans a unique chance to take a look around the circuit during a Grand Prix weekend. As well as F1 and F2, Formula Renault and Porsche Supercup racing will also take place on the Monte Carlo streets. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

What to look forward to at the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco has a reputation for processional races, but few things come close to the spectacle of 20 of the world’s most talented drivers threading their way between the tight confines of the circuit. Perhaps even more spectacular is the Saturday action, as the drivers ramp up the pace throughout the final practice sessions and set their fastest laps throughout the qualifying hour. Risk versus reward is very much a factor on the streets of Monte-Carlo, and some usually risk too much as they vie for the best grid slot. Race day can also bring drama too – especially if there’s changeable weather!

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

If you’re not in Monaco for this year’s Monaco Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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  1. carnt wait its the first time me and my Husband has been to the monaco grand prix we are going on an organised trip with National Holidays setting off tomorrow 22nd May.
    It looks fabulous we went to Silverstone in 2007 and that was amazing we are so excited (we love Scarborough as well)

  2. Sydney Robson says:

    We are attending on Sunday with grand stand tickets. Can we bring our own food and drinks with us?

  3. Sandra says:

    How long is it walk from the train station till circuit rocher?

  4. Rebecca says:

    Can you just clarify who is able to take advantage of the pit walk on the Friday afternoon please?

    Thank you

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