Detailed information and advice for your weekend at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, which is scheduled for May 20-23.
UPDATE: Up to 7,500 fans will be allowed to attend the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix on May 20, 22 and 23. Only 3,000 fans will be able to attend on May 21. In addition to valid tickets, fans will also need to provide a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 to be able to enter the circuit.
Monaco is the only circuit on the calendar to hold the first two Formula 1 practice sessions on Thursday, rather than Friday, which gives the weekend schedule a very different appearance. Circuit entry is free on Friday and whilst there’s no F1 action, it’s still worth going along for the Formula 2 feature race.
- Given that the Monaco circuit is located on the cramped streets of a functioning city, access is a little different than at other F1 races. The circuit itself is closed to traffic and pedestrians each morning on Grand Prix weekend between 6-8am, then reopened after the on-track finishes, between 19:30-20:30 (apart from Friday when the track is opened earlier.)
- Click here for the interactive map of Circuit de Monaco
- When the track is closed, ten entry gates provide access. (See below for recommended entrance gates for each grandstand – sorry we don’t have a current map with the gate locations, but they are normally close to the grandstands). Inside the circuit, a series of bridges, walkways & tunnels provide access to the grandstands as well as bars, restaurants and hotels. Ample signage will help you find the way. Access to some bridges and tunnels is restricted to fans holding a ticket for the grandstands in that section.
2021 Monaco Grand Prix Schedule
A packed support schedule is planned for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. Aside from the Formula 1 action, the biggest drawcard will be Formula 2, which stages three races over the weekend. The Porsche Supercup and Formula Regional by Alpine will also be on track throughout the weekend.
Thursday, May 20
- 05:30: Track Closed
- 08:30-09:20:Formula Regional by Alpine practice
- 09:45-10:30: Formula 2 practice
- 11:30-12:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
- 13:20-14:00: Formula 2 qualifying
- 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 practice (FP2)
- 17:15-18:00: Porsche Supercup practice
- 19:30 Track Opens
Friday, May 21
- 05:30 Track Closed
- 07:55-09:03: Formula Regional by Alpine qualifying
- 10:00-10:30: Porsche Supercup qualifying
- 11:45-12:35: Formula 2 race one (42 laps or 60 mins)
- 13:00-13:30: Alpine laps
- 14:30: Track Opens
Saturday, May 22
- 05:30: Track Closed
- 08:30-09:20: Formula 2 second race (30 laps or 45 mins)
- 10:15-10:50: Formula Regional by Alpinefirst race (30mins+ 1 lap)
- 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 practice 3 (FP3)
- 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 qualifying
- 17:15-18:20: Formula 2 third race (40 laps or 60 mins)
- 19:30: Track Opens
Sunday, May 23
- 07:00 Track Closed
- 10:30-11:05 Porsche Supercup race (17 laps or 30 mins)
- 12:00-12:35: Formula Regional by Alpine second race (30 mins + 1 lap)
- 13:10: Formula 1 Drivers’ Presentation
- 15:00-17:00: 78th Grand Prix de Monaco (78 laps or 2 hours)
- 20:30: Track Opens
Grandstands Entrance Gates
- Gate 1: Le Rocher (General Admission)
- Gate 2: Grandstands N, O, P, V
- Gate 3: Grandstands T, X
- Gate 4: Grandstand L
- Gate 6: Grandstand K4-K6
- Gate 7: Grandstands A, A1 and Z1
- Gate 8/9: Grandstand B
- Gate 10: Grandstand C
Entry to the track and grandstands is FREE on Friday. There’s no F1 action, but all three support categories are on track in the morning. The highlight is the Formula 2 feature race, which begins at 11:30am. Get there early if you are keen to bag yourself a grandstand seat. The track is opened around 14:30, which is a good .opportunity to do a proper track walk.
Trackside Entertainment at the Monaco Grand Prix
The trackside atmosphere at Monaco is fantastic and there is plenty to do in the principality, particularly when the on-track action has finished for the day. The main fanzone (known as MGP Live) with interactive displays, big screen and more is located next to Place D’Armes. It’s definitely worth staying around after dark as Monaco comes alive on Grand Prix weekend with a great party scene, much of it on the streets. The main entertainment hub can be found in the Harbor area, where the best bars and restaurants, not to mention the super yachts, are located. Even if you don’t know the right people to get into the VIP parties, spending a few hours on Friday or Saturday night in Monaco is an experience not to miss. Make sure you don’t leave Monaco before you have had a drink at the famous La Rascasse bar on the corner of the same name near the pits entrance. Read about Monaco’s best drinking spots.
Please note: The Pit Lane Walk and F1 Drivers’ autograph sessions are unlikely take place this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. This page will be updated when more information is available.
Monaco Grand Prix Pit Lane Walk
The Pit Lane Walk takes place on Friday afternoon after the track is opened at 14:30. Entry is from the pit exit on the main straight. It used to be easy enough to join the Pitlane Walk without a weekend ticket, but the organizers have recently tightened the entry requirements, so don’t forget to bring along your Saturday/Sunday tickets. It’s still possible you can get in without a weekend ticket, but we cannot guarantee it. As with everything at Monaco, there is not too much room in the Pit Lane and you can expect serious overcrowding, especially in front of the top teams’ garages and when the drivers are about. If you don’t like overcrowded spaces, we recommend giving this particular activity a miss.
F1 Drivers’ Autograph Sessions
Autograph sessions and interviews with the drivers take place on Friday afternoon from 14:00-17:00 in the MGP Live Fanzone on Place d’Armes. Entry is FREE, no race ticket required.
It’s no problem to bring your own food and drinks into the circuit if you wish, but don’t bring any glass bottles. The quality and choice of trackside food stalls is not too bad in Monaco. Most grandstands have reasonably-priced catering stalls nearby. You’ll pay around €5-6 for a large beer and a similar amount for a baguette or similar. Don’t forget you are in a city, so supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and bars are located all around the circuit. If the Monaco prices are beyond your budget, there are cheaper places to each further from the action, especially ”over the hill’ in Fontvieille. Both temporary and permanent toilet facilities are also dotted around the circuit, though you’ll need to queue at peak times.
Monaco Grand Prix Parking
If you are staying with most other fans outside the principality, we recommend taking the train to Monaco on Grand Prix weekend. each day. If you do decide to drive yourself, then Thursday and Friday are the best days to do this, when there are less fans and less traffic. (We don’t recommended driving on the weekend.) There’s underground carparks aplenty close to the circuit, but it’s a good idea to pre-book to be sure of a space in your preferred location. We recommend parking at the Stade Louis II football stadium in the Fontvieille area of the principality (click here for map link). A day of parking costs around €20 and you shouldn’t have trouble finding a space, even on race day.