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F1 Monaco Preview – Start Time, How to Watch & More

F1 Monaco Start time
#1 Max Verstappen (NLD, Oracle Red Bull Racing), F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2023 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by HOCH ZWEI) – Photo by Icon sport

One of the most anticipated weekends of the F1 season is here. What can we expect from the F1 Monaco Grand Prix in 2023? Check out everything you need to know ahead of the race, including the start time for the sessions, how to watch the GP action and more. Make sure to also take a look at our F1 predictions and F1 odds for the weekend.

Monaco Grand Prix Start Time and UK Schedule

Monaco Grand Prix Date

The Monaco GP will take place on Sunday, May 28th.

Monaco Grand Prix Start Time

The Monaco Grand Prix is set to go green at 1:00 pm GMT. Check the table below for the start time of all weekend sessions.

Monaco GP 2023 Schedule

Friday, May 26th Session Time (GMT)
Free Practice 111:30 am – 12:30 pm
Free Practice 23:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 27th Session Time (GMT)
Free Practice 310:30 am – 11:30 am
Qualifying2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 28th Session Time (GMT)
Race1:00 pm

How Can I Watch the Monaco GP?

Fans in the UK can watch the F1 Monaco GP live on Sky Sports. If you are looking for F1 streams, NOW will also stream the race live. In the US, fans can keep up with the F1 Monaco GP action live on ESPN, which will broadcast the race on TV and also stream it live on the internet.

Television Channels

TV ChannelLocation
Sky Sports F1UK
Fox SportsAustralia

Streaming Services

Streaming ServiceLocation
TSN DirectCanada

About the Monaco Grand Prix

F1 Monaco GP How to watch start time
#14 Fernando Alonso (ESP, Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team), F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2023 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by HOCH ZWEI) – Photo by Icon sport

It wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to say that Monaco and F1 are almost synonymous. The streets of Monte Carlo have been on F1’s schedule since the championship’s first ever season.

F1 has raced at Monaco every year since 1955 The GP was only out of the schedule once – in 2020 because of the pandemic. But as famous and popular as Monaco is, the Grand Prix has drawn plenty of criticism in recent years, with fans, drivers and specialists questioning whether the famous street circuit truly deserves a place in the busiest schedule in F1 history.

Monaco’s unique characteristics mean that there is no in-between: the races will either turn into a boring procession or into a hectic GP. As one of the slowest tracks in the schedule, Monaco also has the potential to mix up the order a little bit. Around the tight streets of Monte Carlo, mechanical grip is just as, if not even more important than aero grip.

Last year’s race had plenty of excitement, although largely because of the weather. The wet-dry race saw Red Bull leapfrog Ferrari in the pits, as the Scuderia completely missed out on the early dry window to swap into slicks. While Ferrari had the edge in pace, the new car’s dimmensions made overtaking even harder than usual around Monaco. Leclerc and Sainz found themselves stuck behind Verstappen and Perez respectively, with Perez taking the checkered flag first.

Altitude and Weather

As it’s usually the case for most European races, altitude isn’t going to be a factor. The weather forecats for the weekend lists a 20% chance of rain on raceday, with temperatures for the three days in the 24°C-25°C range. Tyre wear could become a factor with the higher temperature, although, like in most street circuits, wear and degradation aren’t much of an issue at Monte Carlo.

Monaco GP Stats

Here are some key stats to know ahead of the Monaco GP: Last Monaco Grand Prix: 2022

Circuit length: 3.337 km

Number of laps: 78

Race distance: 260.286 km

Lap record: Lewis Hamilton, 2021 (1:12.909)

Most Wins (Drivers)

Ayrton Senna – 6

Graham Hill, Michael Schumacher – 5

Alain Prost – 4

Lewis Hamilton, Jackie Stewart, Nico Rosberg, Stirling Moss – 3

David Coulthard, Fernando Alonso, Jody Scheckter, Juan Manuel Fangio, Mark Webber, Maurice Trintignant, Niki Lauda – 2

Bruce McLaren, Carlos Reutemann, Denny Hulme, Jack Brabham, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Jenson Button, Jochen Rindt, Juan Pablo Montoya, Keke Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Mika Hakkinen, Olivier Panis, Patrick Depailler, Riccardo Patrese, Ronnie Peterson, Sergio Perez – 1

Most Wins (Constructors)

McLaren – 15

Ferrari – 9

Lotus – 7

Red Bull – 6

BRM, Mercedes – 5

Cooper, Tyrrell, Williams  – 3

Brabham, Benetton, Maserati, Renault – 2

Brawn GP, Ligier, Wolf – 1

Monaco Offers More Than Just Racing

Monaco is the second-smallest sovereign state in the world, behind the Vatican. The Principality occupies an area of 2.1 sq km (0.81 sq mi). But with 37.300 inhabitants (2016 census), Monaco has the highest population density in the world. And if we are talking Monaco, we have to mention yachts: in 2022, Faith, a 96.6m-long super yacht, was the largest one anchored in the Monaco bay over the F1 weekend.

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