F1 Monaco Grand Prix preview: Previous winners, fastest lap, track layout, history and more

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Arguably the most famous track on the F1 calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix has a long and impressive history in the sport.

First ran all the way back in 1929, the famous tight and twisting track first joined the official F1 World Championship calendar in 1950 and ever since, we've seen plenty of drama around the principality nation. 

Legends have been made on these streets, including Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna who holds the record number of victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, taking the chequered flag on six separate occasions throughout his career. 

From circuit stats to previous results, The Sporting News tells you everything you need to know about the Monaco Grand Prix and its illustrious history.

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Monaco circuit facts and layout

  • First Grand Prix hosted: 1950 (hosted since 1929 but not as part of F1)
  • Numbers of laps: 78
  • Circuit length: 3.337km
  • Total race distance: 260.286km
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Five interesting facts about the Monaco Grand Prix

  • The Monaco Grand Prix is the shortest race in F1 history and remains as the only race that does not adhere to the FIA’s 305km minimum race distance ruling.
  • It takes over 250 workers up to six weeks to set up the Monaco Grand Prix every year. Due to its nature as a circuit in the middle of a small city centre, everything from safety barriers to all the grandstands need to be erected for every race. 
  • The Monaco Grand Prix has only had an official podium since 2017. Before that, the racetrack was used as 'Parc ferme' with the drivers collecting their trophies in the royal box next to the race track.
  • Turn six at the Monaco Grand Prix, also know as the 'Grand Hotel Hairpin', is the slowest corner on the F1 calendar with drivers rounding it at just 48 kmh (30mph). 
  • One of three circuits on the calendar to have a tunnel, drivers sometimes struggle to get to grips with the change in aerodynamic quality and light level as they race under the Fairmont Hotel. In 1984 during a wet race, Bernie Ecclestone famously asked a local fire crew to wet the tunnel as the change in track conditions was so severe. 

List of previous winners of the Monaco Grand Prix

Below is a full list of winners at the Monaco Grand Prix when the race has been a part of the Formula One calendar. It has hosted races since 1929 overall during its history.

YearWinnerConstructor of winner
1950Juan Manuel FangioAlfa Romeo
1955Maurice TrintignantFerrari
1956Stirling MossMaserati
1957Juan Manuel FangioMaserati
1958Maurice TrintignantCooper-Climax
1959Jack BrabhamCooper-Climax
1960Stirling MossLotus-Climax
1961Stirling MossLotus-Climax
1962Bruce McLarenCooper-Climax
1963Graham HillBRM
1964Graham HillBRM
1965Graham HillBRM
1966Jackie StewartBRM
1967Denny HulmeBrabham-Repco
1968Graham HillLotus-Ford
1969Graham HillLotus-Ford
1970Denny HulmeLotus-Ford
1971Jackie StewartTyrrell-Ford
1972Jean-Pierre BeltoiseBRM
1973Jackie StewartTyrrell-Ford
1974Ronnie PetersonLotus-Ford
1975Niki LaudaFerrari
1976Niki LaudaFerrari
1977Jody ScheckterWolf-Ford
1978Patrick DepaillerTyrrell-Ford
1979Jody ScheckterFerrari
1980Carlos ReutemannWilliams
1981Gilles VilleneuveFerrari
1982Riccardo PatreseBrabham
1983Kike RosbergWilliams
1984Alain ProstMcLaren
1985Alain ProstMcLaren
1986Alain ProstMcLaren
1987Ayrton SennaMcLaren
1988Alain ProstMcLaren
1989Ayrton SennaMcLaren
1990Ayrton SennaMcLaren
1991Ayrton SennaMcLaren
1992Ayrton SennaMcLaren
1993Ayrton SennaMcLaren
1994Michael SchumacherBenetton 
1995Michael SchumacherBenetton
1996Olivier PanisLigier-Mugen-Honda
1997Michael SchumacherFerrari
1998Mika HäkkinenMcLaren
1999Michael SchumacherFerrari
2000David CoulthardMcLaren
2001Michael SchumacherFerrari
2002David CoulthardMcLaren
2003Juan Pablo MontoyaWilliams
2004Jarno TrulliRenault
2005Kimi RäikkönenMcLaren
2006Fernando AlonsoRenault
2007Fernando AlonsoMcLaren
2008Lewis HamiltonMcLaren
2009Jenson ButtonBrawn-Mercedes
2010Mark WebberRed Bull
2011Sebastian VettelRed Bull
2012Mark WebberRed Bull
2013Nico RosbergMercedes
2014Nico RosbergMercedes
2015Nico RosbergMercedes
2016Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2017Sebastian VettelFerrari
2018Daniel RicciardoRed Bull
2019Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2021Max VerstappenRed Bull
2022Sergio PerezRed Bull

Who holds the record for fastest lap at Monaco Grand Prix? 

British driver Lewis Hamilton holds the record for fastest lap recorded at the Monaco Grand Prix with a 1:12.909 lap time back in 2021 with Mercedes.

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The seven-time world champion has previously won at this track on three occasions in 2008, 2016 and 2019 though in an interview with Sky Sports last year, he labelled it as the "most draining" race, which he later described as a "lottery".

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Nathan Evans is a data editor for The Sporting News.