The other major events of the year

  • The Printemps des Arts festival
    March 2023
  • The Rose Ball
    March 2023
  • Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters
    April 2023
  • Monaco E-Prix
    May 2023
  • Grand Prix de Formule 1 de Monaco
    May 2023
  • Top Marques Monaco
    June 2023
  • Jumping International de Monte-Carlo
    July 2023
  • Gala de la Croix Rouge Monégasque
    July 2023
  • The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
    July 2023
  • Monaco Yacht Show
    September 2023
  • The Historic Monaco Grand Prix
    May 2024

Grand Prix de Formule 1 de Monaco

Exceptionally well known, this spectacular "city race", which takes place in a highly-charged atmosphere, is one of the most testing stages of the Drivers’ World Championship.
Thousands of gear-changes in a labyrinth of track, the slowest bend in the World Championship, the fastest breakdown service in the world: the Monaco Grand Prix will give you plenty of thrills.

A Bit of History

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the oldest and most prestigious motor races. It is contested in the Principality of Monaco, on an urban circuit designed in 1929 by Antony Noghes, son of the President of the Automobile Club of Monaco, and under the auspices of Prince Louis II of Monaco. This creation met the challenge of organising a race on the cramped territory of Monaco (around 1.5 km2 at that time), a condition required by the International Sporting Commission so that the Automobile Club of Monaco was internationally recognised.
Antony Noghes, as the General Commissioner, was charged with going to Paris to present the candidacy of the Automobile Club of Monaco. Unfortunately he returned forlorn, the gentlemen of the AIACR having noted that, while the Club organised sporting events, they did not actually take place on Monegasque territory. The 35-year-old Antony Noghes, whose self-esteem had been wounded, had just, with all his youthful energy, launched himself into a fantastic challenge: to create a motor sports event on national territory, that is, in the city.
But wasn’t the idea of a high-speed circuit in the city unattainable?
Antony Noghes weighed the pros and cons for two years. He finally decided to entrust his project to the only people from whom he knew he would get a relevant and objective opinion: Louis Chiron for the sporting side of things and Jacques Taffe for the technical side.
Then above all he had to convince the Société des Bains de Mer to get involved and secure the funding for this competition. Its administrator, Mr René LEON realised the benefits it could bring and released the require funds. No country in the world would have such a circuit!

Six months later, on 14 April, 1929, Prince Pierre inaugurated, with a lap of honour carried out in a Torpedo Voisin driven by Charles Faroux, the course director, the circuit of the 1st Grand Prix of Monaco. In Monaco, 16 cars on the starting grid drawn by … lots: 8 Bugattis, 3 Alfa Romeos, 2 Maseratis, 1 Licorne, 1 Mercedes SSK. The Englishman, “Williams” who arrived too late to take part in the official trial sessions, took the chance of a wildcat training session at dawn on Saturday, putting the whole of Monaco in a flutter. “Williams” won the Grand Prix in a green Bugatti 35 B in 3 hours, 56 minutes and 11 seconds, having completed 100 laps at an average speed of 80.194 km/h.

Up to the war, the race’s popularity took off and confirmed its success year on year. For ten years, the race did not take place, during the world war and the years immediately thereafter. In 1948 Monaco re-established its Grand Prix which resonated in the 50s to the names of Fangio and Maurice Trintignant…

On 15 April 1958, T.S.H. The Reigning Prince and Princess Grace of Monaco deigned to honour the inauguration of the new headquarters with their presence and signed the visitor’s book. It was at number 23, Boulevard Albert 1er, the club’s current headquarters.

In the 60s and 70s, Jacky Stewart and Jean-Pierre Beltoise took up the baton, then Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Ricardo Patrese in the 80s while the 90s saw the advent of the uninterrupted reign of Schumacher.
Today, the Monaco Grand Prix still cultivates its difference, like in 1928: its city circuit still continues to delight the 100,000 TV viewers across the world. The Monaco circuit snakes around the Port Hercule, the streets of Monte-Carlo and La Condamine, in a series of tight bends surrounded by protective rails: there is no clearance between the track and the rails, unlike on other circuits, which requires the presence of cranes in several places to clear damaged cars as quickly as possible.  

Still today, the Automobile Club of Monaco’s trials are organised with the utmost respect for tradition and innovation, with still that touch of boldness which characterised its creators and the pioneers of the last few centuries… The drivers compete in their excellence to negotiate this extremely technical course. The greatest names in motor racing distinguished themselves here, from Fangio in the 1950s up to Schumacher in the 1990s. Ayrton Senna won this legendary race six times and became part of the legend of the Monaco Grand Prix. 

Automobile Club de Monaco: Awards F1

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